: A Man Between Worlds
: A Man Between Worlds Born a Muslim called Hasan al-Wazzan in the 1480s, he
became a christian called Leo Africanus
He was a 16th century historian, diplomat, author and a prolific adventurer.
Along the way he travelled the breadth of North African and the Arabian peninsula, was an ambassador for the Sultan of Fes, was captured by pirates and presented to the Pope in Rome and was even the inspiration for Shakespeare's Othello.
most startling achievement was "The Description of Africa" - a geography of the continent that inspired generations of explorers and adventurers and remains one of the most widely published of all travel authors.