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Forget 21st Century Maps. Try This.

The “Superman” of geography in the 12th century.

Map of the world behind Turkish and American flags and books.
Photo by author

Al-Adrisi was an Arab-Muslim geographer who lived during the 12th century in present-day Italy. He had an unusual hobby: making maps. True, it was his job to make the “Tabula Rogeriana” a map of the known world for his employer, Roger II of Sicily.

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Jay Krasnow

Jay Krasnow

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