Trickster Travels

A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds by Dr. Natalie Zemon Davis

  • Published: Aug 05, 2020

An engrossing study of Leo Africanus and his famous book, which introduced Africa to European readers 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... read more

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Details of Trickster Travels

Exact title of the book
Trickster Travels
Book author
Dr. Natalie Zemon Davis
ISBN
9781466829305
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Mar 06, 2007
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
448
File size (in PDF)
4032 kB

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An engrossing study of Leo Africanus and his famous book, which introduced Africa to European readers 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.

In Trickster Travels, Davis describes all the sectors of her hero's life in rich detail, scrutinizing the evidence of al-Hasan's movement between cultural worlds; the Islamic and Arab traditions, genres, and ideas available to him; and his adventures with Christians and Jews in a European community of learned men and powerful church leaders. In depicting the life of this adventurous border-crosser, Davis suggests the many ways cultural barriers are negotiated and diverging traditions are fused.

About author

Zemon Davis is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. Her books include Slaves on Screen Film and Historical Vision and Woman on the Margins Three Seventeenth-Century Lives. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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