Kartographie im islamischen Kulturraum

Kartographie im islamischen Kulturraum

berühmte Seekarte des Osmanen Piri Reis,
mit Teilen Amerikas, 16. Jh.

Ich habe vor einiger Zeit etwas sehr schönes im Netz gefunden, was ich euch hier nicht vorenthalten möchte. Ein kostenloses Ebook der University of Chicago Press über Kartographie im islamischen Kulturraum von 1992.
Beschreibung:
The first book of volume 2 of the monumental History of Cartography focuses on mapping in non-Western cultures, an area of study traditionally overlooked by Western scholars. Extensive original research makes this the foremost source for defining, describing, and analyzing this vast and unexplored theater of cartographic history. Book 1 offers a critical synthesis of maps, mapmaking, and mapmakers in the Islamic world and South Asia.

Ein Ausschnitt aus der Einleitung:
One objective of The History of Cartography is to redefine and expand the canon of early maps. The corpus of maps (or map types)  described in the previous literature on the history of cartography appears to us today unduly restricted  and  unnecessarily  exclusive.  It  was  based  on assumptions that narrowed its scope and rendered it unrepresentative  of the  richness  of mapping  across  the  historical  civilizations  of  the  world  as  a  whole.  "Maps" meant, in that literature, primarily terrestrial maps, so that star maps, cosmographical maps, and imagined maps, for example, were generally excluded as ways  of seeing the world.  With  the  notable  exception  of the  inclusion  of China,  cartographic  history  was  pictured  as  largely  a Greco-Roman  invention  or  was  narrated,  for  the  later periods (the sixteenth century onward), as an accompaniment to the "miracle" of expanding European technology.  Even  within  the  core  of  accredited  cartography, pride of place was given to the history of mathematically constructed-"scientific"-maps,  so  that  the  history  of maps could culminate in the "scale" maps of the modern age and fit the notion of "progress" from a primitive past to a state of modern enlightenment. ...

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