Literary Nonfiction. World History. From the 16th to the 19th century, Moslem corsairs from the Barbary Coast ravaged European shipping and enslaved thousands, while thousands of Europeans converted to Islam and joined the pirate "holy war". In this book, Wilson focuses on the corsairs' most impressive accomplishment, the 17th century independent Pirate Republic of Sale in Morocco. Here, Wilson explores insurrectionary communities through the characters of a diverse population; characters including corsairs, slaves, adventurers, Irish rebels, heretical Jews, British spies, "irresistible" Moorish women, and even a Moorish pirate in old New York. Through these characters, "Wilson shows why we cherish pirates—and why, for the sake of the future, we must continue to do so"—Marcus Rediker, author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
Peter Lamborn Wilson is co-author of Green Hermeticism: Alchemy and Ecology (Lindisfarne Books, 2007) and has published more than sixty books in 16 languages, including VANISHED SIGNS (Lunar Chandelier Collective), ESCAPE FOR THE NINETEENTH CENTURY AND OTHER ESSAYS: FOURIER, MARX PROUDHOM AND NIETZSCHE (Autonomedia, 1998), The Temple of Perseus at Panopolis, Pirate Utopias, Sacred Drift, Night Market Noodles, and UTOPIAN TRACE (Logosophia, 2019), amongst many others, and the upcoming Cauda Pavonis: Esoteric Antinomianism in the Yezidi Tradition and The American Revolution as a Gigantic Real Estate Scam. Author City: NEW PALTZ, NY USA