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Trickster Travels

Natalie Zemon Davis

From acclaimed historian and novelist Natalie Zemon Davis, Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds is an extraordinary story of Leo Africanus, a most enigmatic man.

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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, Al-Hasan al-Wazzan – or Leo Africanus – is a celebrated but hitherto elusive figure. Here, in Trickster Travels, 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.