We are open but due to high demand and courier delays, delivery times are expected to be longer.
0

Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Lost Maps of the Caliphs by Yossef Rapoport

About a millennium ago, in Cairo, someone completed a large and richly illustrated book. In the course of thirty-five chapters, our unknown author guided the reader on a journey from the outermost cosmos and planets to Earth and its lands, islands, features and inhabitants. This treatise, known as The Book of Curiosities, was unknown to modern scholars until a remarkable manuscript copy surfaced in 2000. Lost Maps of the Caliphs provides the first general overview of The Book of Curiosities and the unique insight it offers into medieval Islamic thought. Opening with an account of the remarkable discovery of the manuscript and its purchase by the Bodleian Library, the authors use The Book of Curiosities to re-evaluate the development of astrology, geography and cartography in the first four centuries of Islam. Early astronomical 'maps' and drawings demonstrate the medieval understanding of the structure of the cosmos and illustrate the pervasive assumption that almost any visible celestial event had an effect upon life on Earth. Lost Maps of the Caliphs also reconsiders the history of global communication networks at the turn of the previous millennium. Not only is The Book of Curiosities one of the greatest achievements of medieval map-making, it is also a remarkable contribution to the story of Islamic civilization.

Buy Lost Maps of the Caliphs by Yossef Rapoport from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781851244911
ISBN-10: 1851244913
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Bodleian Library
Publisher: Bodleian Library
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2019
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - Lost Maps of the Caliphs by Yossef Rapoport

Book Reviews - Lost Maps of the Caliphs by Yossef Rapoport

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Lost Maps of the Caliphs book by Yossef Rapoport and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)


A Preview for this title is currently not available.