Pirate Utopias: Moorish Corsairs and European Renegadoes

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From the 16th to the 19th century, Moslem corsairs from the Barbary Coast ravaged European shipping and enslaved many thousands of unlucky captives. During this period, however, thousands of Europeans also 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 ...
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Overview

From the 16th to the 19th century, Moslem corsairs from the Barbary Coast ravaged European shipping and enslaved many thousands of unlucky captives. During this period, however, thousands of Europeans also 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, adventurers, Irish rebels, heretical Jews, British spies, a Moorish pirate in old New York, and radical workingclass heroes all populate a book which intends to entertain and to make a point about insurrectionary communities.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781570270246
  • Publisher: Autonomedia
  • Publication date: 6/9/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 4.55 (w) x 6.97 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

I Pirate and Mermaid 7
II A Christian Turn'd Turk 11
III Democracy by Assassination 27
IV A Company of Rogues 39
V An Alabaster Palace in Tunisia 51
VI The Moorish Republic of Sale 71
VII Murad Reis and the Sack of Baltimore 93
VIII The Corsair's Calendar 143
IX Pirate Utopias 187
X Afterword: A Moorish Pirate in Old New York 205
Bibliography 216
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