Maps of al-Idrisi

This page enlist maps known to be drawn by twelfth century Muslim cartographer Muhammad al-Idrisi.


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circa 1110 CE

Al-Idrisi's world map from 'Alî ibn Hasan al-Hûfî al-Qâsimî's 1456 copy. According to the French National Library, "Ten copies of the Kitab Rujar or Tabula Rogeriana exist worldwide today. Of these ten, six contain at the start of the work a circular map of the world which is not mentioned in the text of al-Idris". The original text dates to 1154. Note that south is at the top of the map. The map God and Magog in the South-East corner of the map, enclosed within dark mountains in the bottom-left edge of the Eurasian landmas.

circa 1154 CE

The Tabula Rogeriana, drawn by al-Idrisi for Roger II of Sicily in 1154, one of the most advanced medieval world maps. Modern consolidation, created from al-Idrisi's 70 double-page spreads, shown upside-down as the original had South at the top.