Stefan Molyneux claims in The Truth About The Crusades that:

Islam dominated slave trade between the 7th and the 15th century, while the Christians entered the market of human flesh much later - 1519 to 1815 is the period of Christian slave trading.

He also claims in The Truth about Slavery: Past, Present and Future that:

Slavery was indigenous to African and Arab countries before it made its way to Europe.

Did Islam dominate slave trade, and did Christians enter the slave market about only later?

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    What exactly do you consider the "slave trade"? Given the extent that slavery is discussed in the Bible, I assume it must be using some specific definition, or I don't see how it could be credible at all. – Is Begot Oct 9 '17 at 19:43
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    You also need to define "trade". If slaves were occasionally bought or bartered by people who mostly did something else does that count? – Paul Johnson Oct 9 '17 at 20:05
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    The first quote may be referring to just the slave trade in sub-Saharan Africa. It's certainly well-documented that Islam played a major part in that trade, and that they also took slaves from Europe and western Asia. Essentially all non-Muslims could be taken as slaves. And of course slavery pre-dates Islam by many thousands of years: it was the norm in the pre-industrial world. – jamesqf Oct 9 '17 at 20:23
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    Maria, I see that the migration of this question into History stack exchange has been rejected. I disagree with the rejection, and have asked essentially the same thing there, so that it can be answered, as it is obviously a question about history. – Luís Henrique Oct 10 '17 at 14:03
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    Here, to be precise: history.stackexchange.com/questions/40899/… – Luís Henrique Oct 11 '17 at 10:44

Well yes the claim is correct for the African slave trade, see


The slave trade used mainly the triangular trade route and its Middle Passage, and existed from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

Note that there were other trades e.g. in Slavs, which extended earlier but only enslaved white people.

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    I don't think that it makes a lot of sense to restrict the claim to a specific slave trade. If you could do that, I could restrict the Islam slave trade part to the ISIL slave trade and thus show that the claim is false. And there have been other slave trades (just two example) in which Christians were involved. – tim Oct 9 '17 at 20:44

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