Leo Africanus

Leo Africanus

By: Amin Maalouf (author)Paperback

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"I, Hasan the son of Muhammad the weigh-master, I, Jean-Leon de Medici, circumcised at the hand of a barber and baptized at the hand of a pope, I am now called the African, but I am not from Africa, nor from Europe, nor from Arabia. I am also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but I come from no country, from no city, no tribe. I am the son of the road, my country is the caravan, my life the most unexpected of voyages." Thus wrote Leo Africanus, in his fortieth year, in this imaginary autobiography of the famous geographer, adventurer, and scholar Hasan al-Wazzan, who was born in Granada in 1488. His family fled the Inquisition and took him to the city of Fez, in North Africa. Hasan became an itinerant merchant, and made many journeys to the East, journeys rich in adventure and observation. He was captured by a Sicilian pirate and taken back to Rome as a gift to Pope Leo X, who baptized him Johannes Leo. While in Rome, he wrote the first trilingual dictionary (Latin, Arabic and Hebrew), as well as his celebrated Description of Africa, for which he is still remembered as Leo Africanus.

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Amin Maalouf, a Lebanese writer, was editor-in-chief of Jeune Afrique. He is the author of The Crusades Through Arab Eyes and several novels.


Part 1 I THE BOOK OF GRANADA Chapter 2 The Year of Salma al-Hurra 5 Chapter 3 The Year of the Amulets 23 Chapter 4 The Year of Astaghfirullah 31 Chapter 5 The Year of the Fall 41 Chapter 6 The Year of Mihrajan 63 Chapter 7 The Year of the Crossing 71 Part 8 II THE BOOK OF FEZ Chapter 9 The Year of the Hostelries 83 Chapter 10 The Year of the Soothsayers 93 Chapter 11 The Year of the Mourners 101 Chapter 12 The Year of Harun the Ferret 107 Chapter 13 The Year of the Inquisitors 113 Chapter 14 The Year of the Hammam 119 Chapter 15 The Year of the Raging Lions 125 Chapter 16 The Year of the Great Recitation 131 Chapter 17 The Year of the Stratagem 137 Chapter 18 The Year of the Knotted Blade of Grass 143 Chapter 19 The Year of the Caravan 153 Chapter 20 The Year of Timbuktu 161 Chapter 21 The Year of the Testament 169 Chapter 22 The Year of the Maristan 177 Chapter 23 The Year of the Bride 183 Chapter 24 The Year of Fortune 189 Chapter 25 The Year of the Two Palaces 195 Chapter 26 The Year of the lame Sharif 201 Chapter 27 The Year of the Storm 207 Part 28 III THE BOOK OF CAIRO Chapter 29 The Year of the Noble Eye 223 Chapter 30 The Year of the Circassian 233 Chapter 31 The Year of the Rebels 245 Chapter 32 The Year of the Grand Turk 255 Chapter 33 The Year of Tumanbay 269 Chapter 34 The Year of the Abduction 277 Part 35 IV THE BOOK OF ROME Chapter 36 The Year of San Angelo 289 Chapter 37 The Year of the Heretics 295 Chapter 38 The Year of the Conversa 303 Chapter 39 The Year of Adrian 311 Chapter 40 The Year of Sulaiman 317 Chapter 41 The Year of Clemency 325 Chapter 42 The Year of the King of France 333 Chapter 43 The Year of the Black Bands 341 Chapter 44 The Year of the Lansquenets 349

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  • publication date: 28/07/1992
  • ISBN13: 9781561310227
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9781561310227
  • weight: 494
  • ISBN10: 1561310220

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