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Medieval Islamic Maps: An Exploration

Karen C. Pinto


There are hundreds of cartographic images scattered throughout the medieval and early modern Arabic, Persian, and Turkish manuscript collections. The plethora of extant copies produced in a variety of locales across the Islamic world for eight centuries testifies to the enduring importance of these medieval Islamic cartographic visions. This book examines the rich corpus of Islamic maps to show that they can be read as iconographic representations of the way medieval Muslims perceived their world and that, just like text, they can be analyzed to reveal insights into the history of the period i ... More

Keywords: Islamic cartography, Islamic history, KMMS, history of cartography, Beja, Mehmet II, Encircling Ocean, map theory, Islamic manuscripts, world mapping

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226126968
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226127019.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen C. Pinto, author
Boise State University