Pirate Utopias: Moorish Corsairs & European Renegadoes

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Autonomedia, 2003 - History - 219 pages
From the 16th to the 19th centuries, Muslim corsairs from the Barbary Coast ravaged European shipping and enslaved thousands of unlucky captives. During this same period, thousands more Europeans converted to Islam and joined the pirate holy war. Were these men (and women) the scum of the seas, apostates, traitors - Renegadoes? Or did they abandon and betray Christendom as a praxis of social resistance? Peter Lamborn Wilson focuses on the corsairs' most impressive accomplishment, the independent Pirate Republic of Sale, in Morocco, in the 17th century. Corsairs, Sufis, pederasts, irresistible Moorish women, slaves, adventures, Irish rebels, heretical Jews, British spies, a Moorish pirate in old New York, and radical working-class heroes all populate a book which intends to entertain and to make a point about insurrectionary communities.
 

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You always have to keep a watchful eye on Peter Lamborn Wilson. He is a trickster and a magician, and he is trying to sell you a beautiful dream. In exchange, he asks nothing more (or less) than that ... Read full review

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Contents

PIRATE AND MERMAID
7
A CHRISTIAN TURND TURK
11
DEMOCRACY BY ASSASSINATION
27
A COMPANY OF ROGUES
39
AN ALABASTER PALACE IN TUNISIA
51
THE MOORISH REPUBLIC OF SALE
71
MURAD REIS AND THE SACK OF BALTIMORE
93
THE CORSAIRS CALENDAR
143
PIRATE UTOPIAS
187
AFTERWORD A MOORISH PIRATE IN OLD NEW YORK
205
BIBLIOGRAPHY
216
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