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Trickster travels : a sixteenth-century Muslim between worlds / Natalie Zemon Davis.

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  • ISBN: 0809094347 (hb.)
  • Physical Description: 435 pages : illustrations ; 24cm
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2006.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Living in the land of Islam -- Living in the land of war -- Writing in Italy -- Between Africa and Europe -- Conceiving Africa -- Between Islam and Christianity -- Curiosity and connections -- Transmission, translation, and distance -- The return.
Summary, etc.: Al-Hasan al-Wazzan--born in Granada to a Muslim family that in 1492 went to Morocco, where he traveled extensively on behalf of the sultan of Fez--is known to historians as 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, then released, baptized, and allowed a European life of scholarship as the Christian writer Giovanni Leone. In this fascinating new book, the distinguished historian 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.
Subject: Leo, Africanus, approximately 1492-approximately 1550.
Al-Hasan al-Wazzan.
Africanists > Europe > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.

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