Medieval Islamic Maps: An Exploration by Karen C. PintoMedieval Islamic Maps: An Exploration by Karen C. Pinto

Medieval Islamic Maps: An Exploration

byKaren C. Pinto

Hardcover | November 1, 2016

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Hundreds of exceptional cartographic images are scattered throughout medieval and early modern Arabic, Persian, and Turkish manuscript collections. The plethora of copies created around the Islamic world over the course of eight centuries testifies to the enduring importance of these medieval visions for the Muslim cartographic imagination. With Medieval Islamic Maps, historian Karen C. Pinto brings us the first in-depth exploration of medieval Islamic cartography from the mid-tenth to the nineteenth century.
Pinto focuses on the distinct tradition of maps known collectively as the Book of Roads and Kingdoms (Kitab al-Masalik wa al-Mamalik, or KMMS), examining them from three distinct angles—iconography, context, and patronage. She untangles the history of the KMMS maps, traces their inception and evolution, and analyzes them to reveal the identities of their creators, painters, and patrons, as well as the vivid realities of the social and physical world they depicted.  In doing so, Pinto develops innovative techniques for approaching the visual record of Islamic history, explores how medieval Muslims perceived themselves and their world, and brings Middle Eastern maps into the forefront of the study of the history of cartography. 
Karen C. Pinto is assistant professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern history at Boise State University.
Title:Medieval Islamic Maps: An ExplorationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 10 × 7 × 1.3 inPublished:November 1, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022612696X

ISBN - 13:9780226126968

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Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration
Chapter 1        Introduction: Ways of Seeing Islamic Maps
Chapter 2        A Look Back
Chapter 3        A Sketch of the Islamic Mapping Tradition
Chapter 4        KMMS World Maps Primer
Chapter 5        Iconography of the Encircling Ocean
Chapter 6        Classical and Medieval Encircling Oceans
Chapter 7        The Muslim Ba?r al-Mu?i?
Chapter 8        The Beja in Time and Space
Chapter 9        How the Beja Capture Imagination
Chapter 10      Me?med II and Map Patronage
Chapter 11      The KMMS Ottoman Cluster
Chapter 12      Source of the Ottoman Cluster
Chapter 13      Conclusion: Mundus est immundus

Editorial Reviews

"The book is lavishly illustrated; most maps are reproduced in high-quality color copy, many photographed by the author. Some maps are made available in print for the first time....Pinto is painstaking with regard to visual details of map ideography and decoration, while expressing hope that art historians will turn their attention to illustrations in scientific manuscripts (248). Her work is both meticulous and imaginative – truly an exploration."