This essay tells of an uncommonly bright and congenial man whose original name (Mohammed Ali), peopl (Kanuri), and autobiographical references to Allah indicate his African Muslim beginnings. The land and the religion of his fathers was not forgotten, as the record shows, but by the time he arrived in the New World he had wandered so far and witnessed so much as a slave and freeman from Nigeria to Russia, and then on to England, that they had become elements in an extensive cultural baggage. The story of Nicholas Said, as he continued to call himself after a baptism into the Russian Orthodox Church, is by any standard an unusual one.
Austin, Allan D.
"Mohammed Ali Ben Said: Travels on Five Continents,"
Contributions in Black Studies:
Vol. 12, Article 15.
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