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Routes and Realms

Zayde Antrim

in Routes and Realms

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199913879
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980178 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199913879.003.0005
Routes and Realms

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This chapter begins by considering three tenth-century geographies of the Mamlakat al-Islām, or “Realm of Islam,” by al-Iṣṭakhrī, Ibn Ḥawqal, and al-Muqaddasī. These works may be distinguished from others in the discourse of place by their systematic and consistent division of the “Realm of Islam” into regions and their representation of each region in both map and writing. Through a comparative analysis of their maps and commentaries, this chapter argues that they portray the regions of the Islamic world as widely recognizable and meaningful territorial entities that were understood as both bounded and connective. It moves on to consider a small group of works devoted to the representation of a single region, most prominently Egypt. These works suggest that some regions were particularly useful in this period for declaring political or religious loyalty and claiming belonging in an expansive, even expansionist, but not exclusive, manner.

Keywords: Realm of Islam; Mamlakat al-Islām; al-Iṣṭakhrī; Ibn Ḥawqal; al-Muqaddasī; region; maps; Egypt; bounded; geographies

Chapter.  14313 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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