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Prizes for The Mediterranean in the Islamic Cartographic Imagination

The Mediterranean in the Islamic Cartographic Imagination
Karen Pinto, Regents of the University of Colorado, Boulder

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Prizes for Medieval Islamic Maps: An Exploration (Book)

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Date: 12/28/2017 12:00:00 AM
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Abstract: Through excellent research in multilingual (Arabic, Persian, and Turkish) primary and secondary resources, Pinto (Islamic and Middle Eastern history, Boise State Univ.), a Columbia University-trained expert on Islamic maps and Middle Eastern history, provides a significantly original, detailed, and compelling in-depth assessment of medieval Islamic cartography from the mid-10th to the 19th century. The author focuses on a ninth-century tradition of maps known collectively as the Kitab al-Masalik wa al-Mamalik, or Book of Roads and Kingdoms, by the Persian geographer In Khordladbeh, and Greek history (notably Ptolemy) from the perspectives of iconography, context, and patronage. In 13 chapters augmented by 150 superb (mostly color) illustrations, 741 scholarly notes, and 686 bibliographic references, she examines these Muslim maps as documents of political and cultural history from a broad humanities context and demonstrates the intersection with Western cartography. Tracing the incepti