Cartography between Christian Europe and the Arabic-Islamic World, 1100-1500

Divergent Traditions


Volume Editor: Alfred Hiatt
Medieval Christian European and Arabic-Islamic cultures are both notable for the wealth and diversity of their geographical literature, yet to date there has been relatively little attempt to compare medieval Christian and Islamic mapping traditions in a detailed manner. Cartography between Christian Europe and the Arabic-Islamic World offers a timely assessment of the level of interaction between the two traditions across a range of map genres, including world and regional maps, maps of the seven climes, and celestial cartography. Through a mixture of synthesis and case study, the volume makes the case for significant but limited cultural transfer.
Contributors are: Elly Dekker; Jean-Charles Ducène; Alfred Hiatt; Yossef Rapoport; Stefan Schröder; Emmanuelle Vagnon.

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Alfred Hiatt, PhD (1999), Cambridge, is Professor of Medieval Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. His publications on maps and spatial representation include Dislocations: Maps, Classical Tradition, and Spatial Play in the European Middle Ages (PIMS, 2020).
Introduction: Cartography between Christian Europe and the Arabic-Islamic World
Alfred Hiatt
1 The Transmission of Theoretical Geography: Maps of the Climata and the Reception of De causis Proprietatum Elementorum
Alfred Hiatt
2 Ptolemy’s Geography in the Arabic-Islamic Context
Jean-Charles Ducène
3 The Transmission of Celestial Cartography from the Arabic-Islamic World to Europe: The Celestial Maps in MS Schoenberg ljs 057
Elly Dekker
4 Geography at the Crossroads: The Nuzhat ­al-mushtāq fī ikhtirāq al-āfāq of al-Idrīsī
Alfred Hiatt
5 Transitional” or “Transcultural” Maps? The Function and Impact of Arabic-Islamic Elements in Latin Christian Cartography of the Early Fourteenth Century
Stefan Schröder
6 Pluricultural Sources of the Catalan Atlas
Emmanuelle Vagnon
Conclusion: Divergent Traditions
Alfred Hiatt and Yossef Rapoport

The volume is aimed at all interested in the history of cartography, as well as scholars in the history of science, art history, literary studies and cultural history.