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Cyrus Alai

Iran, or Persia as it was known in the West for most of its long history, has been mapped extensively for centuries but the absence of a good cartobibliography has often deterred scholars of its history and geography from making use of the many detailed maps that were produced. This is now available, prepared by Cyrus Alai who embarked on a lengthy investigation into the old maps of Persia, and visited major map collections and libraries in many countries.
With over four hundred separate map entries and over two hundred illustrations this work covers all the important printed general maps of Persia from the early editions of Ptolemy at the end of the 15th century until 1925 when the Qajar dynasty was overthrown. Useful historical accounts provide the background to this wealth of cartographic achievement. After a description of the many editions of Ptolemy, later maps are divided into groups according to the country where they were produced: Italy, the Low Countries, France, Germany, Great Britain, Russia, America, Persia, Turkey, and Spain with Portugal. This permits the work of a single cartographer to be handled in an uninterrupted sequence, thus aiding quick reference to a particular style of map, and its later offshoots.
At the end of each major entry, further details concerning different editions and variations, other related maps, historical notes and unique or important features are provided, thus fitting the map into its chronological background. The large number of indexes at the end of the book should enable map collectors, dealers and librarians to identify any map of Persia with ease.
This book is a good balance between history and geography, and will appeal to a wide range of readers. Many Persian maps have surely been rescued from obscurity, and it is now possible to study sequence of developing geographical knowledge over a historically and economically important part of Asia. It is unlikely to be superseded for a very long time.
This second, revised edition includes two new maps and a list of addenda.

Edited by Hugh Kennedy

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This title is part of the Encyclopaedia of Islam / Encyclopédie de l’Islam subscription, but is now also available to non-subscribers.

An Historical Atlas of Islam by William C. Brice was originally published by Brill in 1981. In November 2001, Brill published a new edition of An Historical Atlas of Islam / Atlas Historique de l'Islam, completely revised and substantially augmented by Professor Hugh Kennedy.

This unique publication provides an overview of Islamic history from its inception up to the beginning of the twentieth century.

An Historical Atlas of Islam/Atlas Historique de l’Islam is divided into ten sections:
- The Early Muslim Earth and Sky
- The Extension of the Muslim World
- The Arabian Peninsula
- Egypt and the Fertile Crescent
- Iran and Transoxania
- The Caucasus
- Anatolia and the Balkans
- Al-Andalus (Spain and Portugal) and al-Maghrib
- India and the Indian Ocean
- The Far East

Throughout these sections a broad variety of topics is being covered. From The Arabian Peninsula in the time of the Hijra to al-Andalus and al-Maghrib: The Muslim Conquest, and from Medieval Islamic Egypt to Islam in China.

About one third of the maps in this second edition are new and include
- Environments and Mineral Resources of the Islamic World
- Yemen and the Hadramaut
- The Arabian Peninsula in Islamic Times
- Iran under the Mongols; and under the Savafid and Qajar Dynasties
- The Fertile Crescent
- Caucasus in the Early Middle Ages
- The Maghrib in the Age of Almoravids & Almohads
- and many other regional maps.

Other maps in this edition, already available in the first edition, have been edited to make them even more consistent and accurate, e.g.
- The Muslim World
- Arabia
- Byzantine Anatolia
- Saljuq Anatolia
- Spain and the Mahgrib

A substantial number of new city maps has also been added to the second edition of An Historical Atlas of Islam/Atlas Historique de l’Islam, including
- Sanaa
- Damascus
- Aleppo
- Mosul
- Baghdad
- Cairo
- Isfahan
- Samarkand
- Cordoba
- Granada
- Delhi
- and many others.

The maps are intended to give historians of urban development an idea of the shape and structure of the cities and to assist them in locating city gates, walls and major monuments as they are referred to in historical texts. To achieve this, the maps reflect the situation before the changes of the twentieth century.

An Historical Atlas of Islam/Atlas Historique de l’Islam also includes a CD-ROM with all maps from the printed version. A user friendly navigation function, using an alphabetical index of places and regions guarantees quick and efficient access to the maps. Each individual map can be viewed in detail using the four-level zoom function.

CD-ROM System Requirements - Macromedia Director software

Macintosh
- Power Macintosh
- 12x CD-Rom player
- Mac OS 8.5 or later
- 64Mb RAM or more recommende for best performance
- 32Mb RAM minimal to run low-resolution version
- 16Mb available disk space
- Monitor resolution of 800x600

Windows
- Pentium II
- CD-Rom player (12x speed)
- 64Mb RAM or more recommende for best performance
- 32Mb RAM minimal to run low-resolution version
- 16Mb available disk space
- Monitor resolution of 800x600