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Trickster Travels: The Search for Leo Africanus
 
 
Author
Natalie Zemon Davis.
Publisher Faber & Faber  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780571234790
Pages/Publication Date 435/2008
Daedalus Item Code 34281
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"In 1518, al-Hasan al-Wazzan, a diplomat of the Sultan of Fez, was kidnapped in the Mediterranean by pirates, who brought him to Pope Leo X [in this historical biography by the author of The Return of Martin Guerre]. Al-Wazzan had traveled extensively in Africa, and was able to provide firsthand intelligence on the geography and politics of the infidel region. Leo Africanus, as he became known, remained in Rome for the next nine years, converted from Islam to Christianity (he was baptized by the Pope himself), and compiled his Description of Africa, a collection of learning, hearsay, and personal anecdote that shaped European ideas about Africa for centuries. Few facts exist to illuminate Leo's actual life in Rome, but Davis fills us in on the scholars with whom he may have conversed and the social mores to which he would have had to adjust, arriving at a portrait of 'a man with a double vision,' straddling two warring cultures."The New Yorker
 
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