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Lost Maps of the CaliphsDrawing the World in Eleventh-Century Cairo$
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Yossef Rapoport and Emilie Savage-Smith

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226540887

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226553405.001.0001

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Lost Maps of the Caliphs

Yossef Rapoport

Emilie Savage-Smith

University of Chicago Press

The introduction describes briefly the general format and contents of the manuscript, as well as its title. The name of the author remains unknown. After its acquisition in 2002 by the Bodleian Library in Oxford, several much later and mostly unillustrated copies of the treatise were located, and these were employed in the subsequent critical edition and analytic translation of the treatise that was published in 2014. This publication focused upon deciphering the text; it did not include the analysis of the treatise as a whole, either within the context of Fatimid Egyptian society or within the traditions of medieval cartography and astrology. The Lost Maps of the Caliphs provides that wider and contextualized perspective on the eleventh-century Egyptian views of the macrocosm and microcosm that are fundamental to understanding the structure and composition of the Book of Curiosities. A brief history of the Fatimids in North Africa and Egypt is supplied as general background.

Keywords:   Bodleian, Fatimid, macrocosm, microcosm

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