World-Maps for Finding the Direction and Distance to Mecca : Innovation andTradition in Islamic Science. First Edition in dustjacket


KING, David A. World-Maps for Finding the Direction and Distance to Mecca : Innovation and Tradition in Islamic Science. London : Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation / Leiden - Boston - Koln : Brill, 1999. First Edition. Pp (6),[v]-xxviii,(4),[3]-538. Illustrated. Maps. 4to, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine.

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"Two remarkable Islamic world-maps were discovered in 1989 and 1995. Both are made of brass and date from 17th-century Iran. Mecca is at the centre and a highly sophisticated longitude and latitude grid enables the user to determine the direction and distance to Mecca for anywhere in the world between Andalusia and China. Prior to the discovery of these maps it was thought that such cartographic grids were conceived in Europe ca. 1910. This richly-illustrated book presents an overview of the ways in which Muslims over the centuries have determined the sacred direction towards Mecca (qibla) and then describes the two world-maps in detail. The author shows that the geographical data derives from a 15th-century Central Asian source and that the mathematics underlying the grid was developed in 9th-century Baghdad." (from the dj).

Contents :
Preface 1. The sacred direction in Islam in modern scholarship.
Preface 2. The rediscovery of the Mecca-centred world-maps.

Pt. I. First orientations.
Ch. 1. Aspects of Islamic science.
Ch. 2. The determination of the sacred direction in Islam.
Ch. 3. The main sources of Safavid mathematical geography.

Pt. II. New discoveries - Two Mecca-centred world-maps from Safavid Iran.
Ch. 4. The instruments on which the maps are engraved.
Ch. 5. The geographical data on the maps.
Ch. 6. The cartographic grids.
Ch. 7. The makers of the Safavid instruments.
Ch. 8. Traces of European influence on the instruments.
Ch. 9. Further reflections on Mecca-centred world-maps.
Ch. 10. Epilogue.

App. A. Partial reconstruction of the Timurid table presented by 'Abd al-Rahim ibn Muhammad.

App. B. The geographical information on various Safavid astrolabes and other instruments.

App. C. Localities and coordinates featured on the Safavid world-maps A and B.

App. D. The geographical table of al-Khazini (KHZN).

App. E. Miscellaneous Iranian sources.

App. F. Miscellaneous Egyptian, Syrian and Ottoman Turkish sources. App. G. Indexes of place-names.

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Very good in dustjacket. 385.00

Title: World-Maps for Finding the Direction and Distance to Mecca : Innovation andTradition in Islamic Science. First Edition in dustjacket

Author Name: KING, David A. Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science : Texts and Studies, Volume 36.

Categories: 41,

Publisher: Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation / Brill, London / Leiden - Boston - Koln, 1999, ISBN:9004113673: 1999

ISBN Number: 9004113673

ISBN Number 13: 9789004113671

Seller ID: 114030

Keywords: MECCA SAUDI ARABIA MAPS CARTOGRAPHY ISLAMIC SCIENCE IRAN GEOGRAPHIC HISTORY SCHISTORY CARTOGRAPHIC GEOGRAPHY,