Leo africanus book description of africa

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The History and Description of Africa Vol. 1 by Leo Africanus

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Africa as Described by Leo Africanus

Add to GoodReads. Leo Africanus. I am also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but I come from no country, from no city, no tribe.
Leo Africanus

The History and Description of Africa Vol. 1

Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. Finding libraries that hold this item Leo Africanus is a beautiful book of tales about people who are forced to accept choices made for them by someone else It relates, poetically at times and often imaginatively, the story of those who did not make it to the New World. Leo's travels among the Moslems, Christians and Jews in his time shed startling light on our present dilemmas. You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

The book was regarded among his scholarly peers in Europe as the most authoritative treatise on the subject until the modern exploration of Africa. Most of what is known about his life is gathered from autobiographical notes in his own work. Leo Africanus was born as al-Hasan, son of Muhammad in Granada around the year As a young man he accompanied an uncle on a diplomatic mission , reaching as far as the city of Timbuktu c. In when returning from a diplomatic mission to Istanbul on behalf of the Sultan of Fez Muhammad II he found himself in the port of Rosetta during the Ottoman conquest of Egypt. He continued with his journey through Cairo and Aswan and across the Red Sea to Arabia , where he probably performed a pilgrimage to Mecca. On his way back to Tunis in he was captured by Spanish corsairs either near the island of Djerba or more probably near Crete.

A Geographical Historie of Africa was the authoritative work on the geography of Africa at the time and was significant in shaping the idea of Africa for early modern Europeans. The book was first written in by a Moorish traveller and linguistic scholar known as John Leo Africanus c. It was translated into English in by John Pory. Leo was born in Granada where the Moors had ruled until In the Mediterranean he was taken captive by Christian pirates and, having shown his exceptional learning, he was given as a slave to Pope Leo X. The Pope later freed him and persuaded him to be baptised as a Christian, though he seems to have died a Muslim in Tunis. This book was important in that it was written by a Moorish man and well regarded by scholars.


Leo Africanus is a novel written in French by Amin Maalouf , depicting the life of a historical Renaissance -era traveler, Leo Africanus. Since very little is actually known about his life, the book fills in the historical episodes, placing Leo in the company of many of the key historical figures of his time, including three popes , Leo X , Adrian VI , and Pope Clement VII , two Ottoman emperors Selim I and Suleiman the Magnificent , with appearances by Boabdil the last Moorish king of Granada , Askia Mohammad I of the Songhai Empire , Ferdinand of Spain, and Francis I of France, as well as the artist Raphael and other key political and cultural figures of the period. Leo Africanus is Maalouf's first novel. It received high praise. It is written in the form of a memoir. The book is divided into four sections, each organized year by year to describe a key period of Leo Africanus's life, and each named after the city that played the major role in his life at the time: Granada , Fez , Cairo , and Rome. 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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  1. Joannes Leo Africanus was a Berber Andalusi diplomat and author who is best known for his book Descrittione dell'Africa (Description of Africa) centered on the .

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