Three maps and one table from the Mediterranean Sea-Atlas of al-Sharfī, dated to 919/1571-2
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All four are traced and translated from the Oxford copy (Bodleian—MS Marsh 294) of the Mediterranean Sea-Atlas of ʿAlī b. Aḥmad b. Muḥammad al-Sharfī of Sfax, dated to 919/1571-2.

The al-Sharfīs of Sfax were, like Bartholomews of Edinburgh, a family firm of cartographers. They enjoyed a long reputation as map-makers and scientists in Tunisia and Egypt, and Nallino has traced their publications from the sixteenth century to the eighteenth. Each of their two surviving sixteenth- century atlases contained, in addition to sea-c…

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Kennedy, Hugh, “Three maps and one table from the Mediterranean Sea-Atlas of al-Sharfī, dated to 919/1571-2”, in: Historical Atlas of Islam, Edited by: Hugh Kennedy. Consulted online on 16 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_hai_HAI_END>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004122352, 20011210



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