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Leo Africanus Book Analysis

Introduction

The novel, Leo Africanus was written by Amin Maalouf as a memoir to his medieval travels. Africanus experienced a lot of heartbreak, loss and wins resulting in significant changes in his relationships with friends and foes. Maalouf used the book in the presentation of the role of Islamic culture and youth. Further, he demonstrated the unique role played by multicultural exposure to neutrality in perception. Africanus’ many names were not a result of lost creativity, and instead insinuated irony and desperateness. Africanus repeatedly adjusted his cultural fit as an instinct of survival in cultures.

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Book Review – Leo Africanus

Al-Hasan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan, or Leo Africanus, was a terrific discourse retold by Amin Maalouf.[1] The storied tale follows Hasan from Spain (Granada), throughout North Africa, Rome and other different places in the globe. This story is considered as a valuable description of the Muslims’ world for centuries and although it is work of fiction, based on al-Wazzan writings, the unfolding events in throughout the story broadly historically accurate. It provides a clear description of vast, diverse people, each with a purpose, but for Hasan, most became great enemies and friends. A major theme of the book focuses on the tensions between Muslims and Christians. Today, even readers can pay attention to the emotions felt by those whose beliefs and faith are under attack by non-believers. Others would sympathize with Hasan because they find themselves caring and supporting people since they are good rather than their beliefs.