From the Wonders of Creation to the Holy Land: The Maps of the African & Middle Eastern Division

Library of Congress

Library of Congress

Chet Van Duzer’s analysis of four maps in the African and Middle Eastern Division at the Library of Congress included: the world map in a seventeenth-century manuscript of Ibn al-Wardi’s Kharidat al-‘Aja’ib wa Faridat al-Ghara’ib (The Pearl of Wonders and the Uniqueness of Strange Things); the world map in a 1553 Turkish manuscript of Zakariya al-Qazwini’s ‘Aja’ib al-makhluqat wa ghara’ib al-mawjudat (The Wonders of Creation and the Oddities of Existence); the world map in a 1565 Persian manuscript of the same work by al-Qaaini.; and the map of the Holy Land in the 1695 Amsterdam edition of the Haggadah.

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