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Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds

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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.
Natalie Zemon Davis is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Emerita, Princeton University.
Author
Natalie Zemon Davis
Short Title
TRICKSTER TRAVELS
Pages
435
Publisher
Hill & Wang
Language
English
ISBN-10
0809094355
ISBN-13
9780809094356
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
B
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2007
Publication Date
2007-03-31
Residence
Detroit Detroit, NJ, US
Birth
1928
Affiliation
Princeton University
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