Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds by Natalie Zemon Davis

Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds

Natalie Zemon Davis
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  • ISBN
    9780809094356 / 0809094355
  • Title Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds
  • Author Natalie Zemon Davis
  • Category Islam
    Biography: General
  • Format
    Paperback
  • Year 2007
  • Pages 435
  • Publisher
    Hill & Wang
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 135mm x 33mm x 208mm

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"[A] fascinating tale of a man forced . . . to live between incompatible worlds. Highly recommended." —“Library Journal” Al-Hasan al-Wazzan—born in Granada to a Muslim family that in 1492 went to Morocco—became famous as the great Renaissance writer Leo Africanus, author of the first geography of Africa to be published in Europe (in 1550). He had been captured by Christian pirates in the Mediterranean and imprisoned by the pope; when he was released and baptized, he lived a European life of scholarship as the Christian writer Giovanni Leone; by 1527, it is likely that he returned to North Africa and to the language, culture, and faith in which he had been raised. Natalie Zemon Davis offers a virtuoso study of the fragmentary, partial, and often contradictory traces that al-Hasan al-Wazzan left behind him, and a superb interpretation of his extraordinary life and work.

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" A] fascinating tale of a man forced . . . to live between incompatible worlds. Highly recommended." —“Library Journal” Al-Hasan al-Wazzan—born in Granada to a Muslim family that in 1492 went to Morocco—became famous as the great Renaissance writer Leo Africanus, author of the first geography of Africa to be published in Europe (in 1550). He had been captured by Christian pirates in the Mediterranean and imprisoned by the pope; when he was released and baptized, he lived a European life of scholarship as the Christian writer Giovanni Leone; by 1527, it is likely that he returned to North Africa and to the language, culture, and faith in which he had been raised. Natalie Zemon Davis offers a virtuoso study of the fragmentary, partial, and often contradictory traces that al-Hasan al-Wazzan left behind him, and a superb interpretation of his extraordinary life and work.

Author Biography

Natalie Zemon Davis is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Emerita, Princeton University.

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