Friday, November 13, 2009

Blog 10

Part 1:
Hasan is currently working as a diplomat in Constantinople. His wife Nur then gives birth to a baby girl. Sadly he is captured by pirates and used as a slave. Because of scandals surrounding his family (his brother allegedly committing murder) this was deemed a form of exile. As a result of these unfortunate mishaps Hasan is brought closer to Rome where he is then baptized and is given the name Leo Africanus.

Part 2:
I feel that this was a very interesting chain of events. I felt bad that Hasan a.k.a. Leo Africanus was punished for a crime that his brother may or may not have commited. This is especially unfortunate because he has a new born.

Part 3:
Why do you think in these times people's families were punished for their potential wrong doings? Is this something we still see today?


  1. This is an interesting question. I believe that the reason families might have been punished for potential wrong doings was because it was a plan for the prevention of any kind of wrong doing from happening. It acts as a deterrent for the people to not commit any type of crime, because stiff penalties would result. I am not certain if this sort of thing is still practiced, but our justice system is on the complete other end of the spectrum. Honestly, I like being considered innocent until proven guilty and not having to worry about being arrested and charged for a crime I might potentially commit.

  2. Valid points, but please expand on them - this blog post is rather short (remember - you should be writing a page long commentaries).