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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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The Beja in Time and Space

The Beja in Time and Space

(p.187) 8 The Beja in Time and Space
Medieval Islamic Maps

Karen C. Pinto

University of Chicago Press

Chapter Eight, “The Beja in Time and Space” is the first of two chapters pondering a curious anomaly that occurs in every medieval Islamic map of the world. Located on the eastern flank of Africa is a double-territorial ethnonym for an obscure East African tribe: the Beja. Mention of them in medieval Middle Eastern historiography is rare and, at best, superficial, yet no Islamic map from the 11th to the 19th century leaves them out. This chapter queries who the Beja were and why they are so prominently located on every KMMS world map. This chapter tracks and locates the Beja on KMMS and modern maps.

Keywords:   Beja, Bedja, Space, Time, Husserl, Map theory, Aydhab, Miquel, Monmonier, primordial

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