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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New Amsterdam Books
Publication date April 1, 1992
Pages 360
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781561310227
ISBN-10 1561310220
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 8.50 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
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Amazon.com description: Product 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 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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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780393026306
 
from W W Norton & Co Inc (February 1, 1989)
9780393026306 | details & prices | List price $17.95
About: A fictional tale based on the life of Hassan al-Wazzan--Leo Africanus--opens with the fall of Granada to Christians and his family's exile, and describes the encounters he has with great rulers, lovers, and others in his journey through disparate lands
Paperback
Book cover for 9781561310227
 
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from New Amsterdam Books (April 1, 1992)
9781561310227 | details & prices | 360 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $16.95
About: "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.
from Natl Book Network (April 1, 1992)
9789990090963 | details & prices | List price $0.02

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