Trickster Travels : A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds (Paperback)

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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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Publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux
Mfg Part# 9780809094356
SKU 203300117
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0809094355
Release Date 3/6/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Author Info
Natalie Zemon Davis
Natalie Zemon Davis is the author of "The Return of Martin Guerre" and "Society and Culture in Early Modern France". In the 1990s, she was Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at Princeton University.
Praise
"[T]his is a beautifully written and thoughtful book that shows off some of the sophisticated tools for reading and parsing evidence that have been developing in recent years....The challenge here is to coax biographical details out of a non-biographical text. Few are better at this than [Natalie Zemon] Davis."
"Crisply written, immensely learned, full of rich anecdote and fiercely thoughtful, despite some technical self-parody, TRICKSTER TRAVELS provides a wealth of detail and ideas about the period, the place, competing religions and the possibilities and difficulties of exchange without rancour, with only the merest whiff of fashionable academic Islamochic."
From the Publisher
Editors Note "[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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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0435
Publisher Hill & Wang
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