Natalie Zemon Davis is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History Emerita at Princeton University. Her books include The Return of Martin Guerre, Women on the Margins: Three Seventeenth-Century Lives, and Slaves on Screen: Film and Historical Vision. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
Living in the Land of Islam
SITTING IN A ROMAN PRISON in 925/1519, a Muslim captive decided to write his three-part name in Arabic on a manuscript he had borrowed from the Vatican Library: al-Hasan ibn Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Wazzan (figure 1). So we learn that his father was Muhammad and his grandfather Ahmad al-Wazzan. "Al-Fasi," he continued, showing his origins in the Arabic fashion, "from Fez," though elsewhere he inserted "al-Gharnati" to make clear he had been born in Granada and then brought up in Fez.