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He rose above hard-drawn lines and presented "himself simply as an independent polymath," says Davis, and his life provides a lesson in the "possibility of communication and curiosity in a trickster travels divided by violence.

Therein, a picaresque, first-person narrator judges distant locales, compares them for good and for ill with his own culture and region, and resorts to trickery to survive and thrive amid peoples and places quite different from his own.

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Captured by Christian pirates in the Mediterranean and imprisoned by the Pope, then released, baptized, and allowed trickster travels European life of scholarship as the Christian writer Giovanni Leone, Al-Hasan al-Wazzan - or Leo Africanus - is a celebrated but hithero elusive figure.

She lives in Canada. For Davis, the gaps in Leo's biography are not the ruins of time but are in great part intentional. She is fascinated, and with good reason, by the tolerant and non-sectarian tone of trickster travels manuscript on Africa. In marked contrast to the rants of his Christian editors, Leo has hard words for the religion of his fathers on only two occasions, where he calls Islam a pestilencia plague and a pazia folly.

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Only the Shias are truly blameworthy. One goes on a tour of North Africa from Fez to Tunis, the Atlas Mountains, the Sahara, lower Sudan, and Rome, soaks in distinctions between Muslim and Christian or lack thereof tolerance of homosexuality, skin color, gender, conversion, and Jewish communities just to name a few, of sultan power struggles and Maghreb and Portuguese warfare, to false eschatological prophets, it just goes on and on.

Davis handles this all beautifully. She's done her research, lucidly acclimatizing Westerners to the fine-tuned nuances of Islamic religiosity with its factions and trickster travels prejudices, and frequently employing Muslim terminology and Qu'ranic scripture.

Small insights into Islamic behavior flourish under Davis's hand, such as the heavy foreboding Muslims felt at the arrival of the printing press, with its ability to trickster travels heresy en masse and its deemphasizing effect on the spiritual aesthetic of Arabic calligraphy.

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