Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Islamic Maps examines Islamic visual interpretations of the world in their historical context through the map-makers themselves. What was the purpose of their maps, what choices did they make, and what arguments about the world were they trying to convey? Lavishly illustrated with stunning manuscripts, beautiful instruments, and Qibla charts, this book shows how maps constructed by Muslim map-makers capture the many dimensions of Islamic civilization across the centuries.
"This book is adorned with abundant and exquisite illustrations of maps from the ninth to the seventeenth centuries. Rapoport elegantly categorizes the complicated nature of Islamic maps for his readers and makes them accessible."
Pinar Emiralioglu, Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University
"A beautifully designed, elegantly written guide to the magnificent and mysterious maps from the medieval Islamic world, where every map is a unique mix of science, art, ideology and power."
Emilie Savage-Smith, FBA, Professor of the History of Islamic Science (retired), University of Oxford