“A fine history of the end of the slave trade and, ultimately, slavery itself in Ottoman Tunisia.”
--CHOICE; Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

 “Montana’s argument that Islamic legal norms deeply shaped Ahmad Bey’s abolitionist thinking is both entirely convincing and fascinating… a pioneering study of the religious legitimization of abolitionism, this book has shed new light on the central importance of debates on slavery in the rise of Islamic reformism, a theme that deserves further study.”
--The Journal of North African Studies

 “Nicely illustrates the transit of people and ideas that affected the corner of the North African coast while providing a deep analysis of slavery, abolition, and its aftermath.”
--Journal of African History

 “The IM Montana study is to no doubt one of the ring members of a reconstruction of a social history of the Ottoman Maghreb.”
--Journal of Muslim world and the Mediterranean

 This is a succinct account of the abolition of slavery in Tunisia and as such is a very welcome addition to the library of slavery studies of the Islamic world in general, and the Ottoman Empire in particular.--
--American Historical Review

 Contributes to our understanding of the networks that transported slaves from sub-Saharan Africa to the Mediterranean coast, with a focus on early to mid-nineteenth-century Tunisia.--
--The Historian