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Leo Africanus

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Maalouf, Amin.
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A biographical novel about the 16th-century Moorish diplomat and author al-Hasan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan al-Fasi, also known as Leo Africanus.  The story recounts his travels throughout the Islamic Mediterranean region and his interactions with many historical figures, including three Popes, two Ottoman Emperors, and the artist Raphael.