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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dabney Hall 110 (Treasure Room)

Exploration: The Globe and Beyond

Exploring Islamic Maps: From the Earth to the Moon and the Cosmos
Karen Pinto, Associate Research Professor, College of Innovation and Design, Boise State University,

Countless beautiful maps decorated walls and manuscripts in the Islamic world from the eighth century onward. This lecture reveals a view of the world from the perspective of the rich Islamic mapping tradition, in which art, geography, religion, and philosophy merge to present images with cosmographic origins and a spatial identity oriented to the South. From the messages encoded in these maps, we discover long hidden historical narratives and gain a new appreciation for the contributions of this mapping tradition to our world's history of cartography.

For more information, please contact Fran Tise by phone at 626-395-3609 or by email at ftise@caltech.edu.