Posted 6 years ago
Idrisi’s “Tabula Rogeriana” World Map (1154)
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This is Konrad Miller's 1929 recreation of Muhammad al-Idrisi's famous Tabula Rogeriana from 1154. I'd love to post the original, but I've not yet found it at sufficient size. Until then, this will have to do.
If you've stared at it a while and are still struggling to spot familiar landforms, try standing on your head.
Al-Idrisi is a hero of mine (and to many other geographers) and he's well worth reading about. His influence on cartography is quite hard to overstate. It was in his honor that programmers at Clark University named their GIS program.