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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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How the Beja Capture Imagination

How the Beja Capture Imagination

(p.201) 9 How the Beja Capture Imagination
Medieval Islamic Maps

Karen C. Pinto

University of Chicago Press

Chapter Nine, “How the Beja Capture Imagination” builds on the answer to Chapter Seven’s query by asking another question. Knowing who the Beja are, we are led to wonder, why are they so absent in Islamic historiography, yet ever present on the KMMS world maps? The surprising answers help us to understand how capturing of the imagination of the cartographer effects what makes it onto a world map. This chapter shows changes that creep into the representation of the Beja on KMMS world maps over time and uses historical developments to account for and explain the variations. This chapter completes my contextual reading of the Beja ethnonym.

Keywords:   Buja, Beja, IbnHawqal, Tabari, Ya’qubi, Abbasid, Caliph, Qummi, Ali Baba, Samarra

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