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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Leo Africanus is a novel written in French by Amin Maaloufdepicting the life of a historical Renaissance -era traveler, Leo Loen. This novel explores confrontations between Islam and Christianity as well as the mutual influence that the two religions had on each other and on the people they governed.

Leon el Africano / Leo Africanus

Views Read Edit View history. The book is based on life experiences which took Leo Africanus almost everywhere in the Islamic Mediterraneanfrom southern Morocco to Arabiaand across the Sahara. August Learn how and when to remove this template message.


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Leon El Africano

The book is divided into four sections, each organized year by year to describe a key period of Leo Africanus’s life, and each africno after the city that played the major role in his life at the time: 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 eel hope inspired by the Ottoman Empire, as it grew to threaten Europe and restore Muslim unity.

In the Fez section, it describes the news of the failed Muslim rebellion in Granada, the discussions resulting in the Oran fatwathe Spanish and Portuguese colonial campaigns in North Africa and their conflicts with the North African Muslims.

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 popesLeo XAdrian VIand Pope Clement VIItwo Ottoman emperors Selim I and Suleiman the Magnificentwith appearances by Boabdil the last Moorish king of GranadaAskia Mohammad I of the Songhai EmpireFerdinand of Spain, and Francis I of France, as well as the artist Raphael and other key political and cultural figures of the period.


GranadaFezCairoand Rome. Leo Africanus is Maalouf’s first novel.

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