Two Arabic world maps: The World According to Al-Idrīsī 549/1154 - The World According to al-Sharfī 986/1579
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Muḥammad b. Muḥammad al-Idrīsī compiled his geographical treatise and map of the world in 548/1154, to the order of King Roger II of Sicily, and his work acquired much the same authority among Arab scholars as did that of Ptolemy in the academies of Europe. This outline is taken from the maps in the Paris MS, as reduced and copied by F. Schrader (Atlas de géographie historique, Paris 1922, Map No. 18). The original was edited by K. Miller (Stuttgart, 1928) and the Middle Eastern section is reproduced in full in TAVO B S 3.

Al-Idrīsī’s world map owes much to that of Ptolemy, except in the …

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Kennedy, Hugh, “Two Arabic world maps: The World According to Al-Idrīsī 549/1154 - The World According to al-Sharfī 986/1579”, 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_1AB>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004122352, 20011210



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