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Medieval Islamic MapsAn Exploration$
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Karen C. Pinto

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226126968

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226127019.001.0001

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A Sketch of the Islamic Mapping Tradition

A Sketch of the Islamic Mapping Tradition

(p.23) 3 A Sketch of the Islamic Mapping Tradition
Medieval Islamic Maps

Karen C. Pinto

University of Chicago Press

Chapter Three, “A Sketch of the Islamic Mapping Tradition” provides an indepth overview of the Islamic mapping tradition tracing its history from the most famous and mimetic Islamic maps to the lesser known examples. It fills in essential background needed for understanding the tradition within which the KMMS maps are encased. This is the beginning of a familiarization process that aims to acquaint the reader with the relatively unknown Islamic mapping tradition. This chapter includes a large number of Islamic maps, many of which have never been published before.

Keywords:   Idrisi, Piri Reis, Qazwini, ‘aja’ib, Biruni, Qibla, Khwarazmi, Balkhi, IbnHawqal, Muqaddasi

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