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Ayuba Suleiman Diallo (c. 1701–1773) by William Hoare, 1733 © Christies Images / Bridgeman Images


Diallo, Ayuba Suleiman [Job Ben Solomon] (c. 1701–1773), Muslim cleric and slave, was born about 1701 in Bundu, west Africa, the son of Suleiman Diallo, otherwise Solomon or Soliman Dgiallo, a prominent Fulbe political and Islamic leader. He spoke several African languages, and Arabic, which he could also read and write, and by the late 1720s had married two wives and had several children. In 1730, with his interpreter ...