Summer voyages: Leo the African by Amin Maalouf surprised by the belated birth of a brown and fuzzy ‘Medici’, add the surname ‘Africanus’. Thus wrote Leo Africanus, in his fortieth year, in this imaginary autobiography of the famous geographer, adventurer, and scholar Hasan al-Wazzan, who was. Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Be the first to discover new talent! Common terms and phrases Abbad al-Baisin Alhambra already Andalus arms army arrived Aruj asked Astaghfirullah Bayazid began Boabdil brother Cairo caliph called caravan Cardinal Castilians Christian Circassian Constantinople cousin dare daughter death dinars door exile eyes face father Fatima fear Ferret girl gold Granada Grand Turk Guicciardini hammam hand Harun Hasan head heard Hiba Holy honour hundred journey Khali King kingdom knew land laugh leave lips live look Maddalena Maghrib Mameluke Mariam master Medici merchants months mosque mother Muhammad Muslims Najd never night Ottoman palace passed Pope prayer prince promised qadis quarter Qur’an replied Rome Salma San Angelo seemed shaikh Sijilmassa sister slightest smile soldiers soon sovereign speak streets sultan suqs tell thousand Timbuktu Tlemcen told tone took town troops Tumanbay turned uncle voice waiting Warda week woman women words Zarwali.

While filled with biographical hypotheses and historical speculations, the book offers a vivid description of the Renaissance world, with the decline of the traditional Muslim kingdoms and the hope inspired by the Ottoman Empire, as it grew to threaten Europe and restore Muslim unity.


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Summer voyages: Leo the African by Amin Maalouf

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Africa’s Legacies of Ain Description “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 afrifanus now called the African, but I am not from Africa, nor from Europe, nor from Arabia.

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We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. In later years, Hassan and his uncle are sent to Timbuktu on a diplomatic mission, rite uncle dies en route, and the bereaved teen-ager has to take charge.


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It is a curious habit of men, al-Wazzan notes, to name themselves after terrifying beasts instead of devoted animals. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

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Please provide an email address. The novel has good empathy with a man out of his original place, coping with a dangerous environment.

From then, history keeps happening to him and he just lets it. The Best Books of But war is brewing, and Leo is lucky to be able to escape beseiged Rome and set sail back to Africa.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Leo’s travels among the Moslems, Christians and Jews in his time shed startling light on our present dilemmas.

Historical fiction full of adventure, giving a vivid picture of the Mediterranean from Granada to Constantinople to Rome from to Amin Maalouf ‘s vivid imagining of the real al-Wazzan’s memoirs transports the reader to another world in a way to rejuvenate the most jaded adult bookworm.

He does so through fine writing. Maalouf’s al-Wazzan is less passionate than the reader about his remarkable life. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.