Online Maps

  • Historical Maps of the Islamic World A collection of maps covering the history of the Islamic world from its beginning / by Cristian Ionita, Ph. D.
  • Ancient Middle East - Google Earth maps of ancient places

  • Turkey : Cultural Heritage Map of Turkey (Hrant Dink Foundation)  "Cultural Heritage Map of Turkey is a product of Hrant Dink Foundation’s cultural heritage inventory project. The map records Armenian, Greek, Syriac, and Jewish cultural heritage in order to make visible the multiple cultures and facets of different communities in Anatolia. Information on public buildings such as churches, schools, monasteries, cemeteries, synagogues, and hospitals has been gathered from primary and secondary sources, as well as from various archives, and has been shared through this online map. Cultural Heritage Map of Turkey is a work in progress; it will live and flourish, first and foremost, by way of the contribution and feedback of its users."

  • Palestine Open Maps A platform for map-based exploration and immersive storytelling. This alpha version of the platform allows users to navigate and search the historic map sheets, and to view basic data about present and erased localities.

  • Palestine Open Maps: using open source tools for historic maps research

  • Jerusalem Maps  "The Maps and Cartography section contains two kind of documents: original maps of Jerusalem reproduced here as a tool for researchers, and links to existing sets of Jerusalem maps—both historical and contemporary. Riwaq’s Jerusalem Maps: The current stock that opens the collection contains five maps based on a ten-year survey of the old city undertaken by Riwaq: The Centre for Architectural Conservation. It contains a historical map identifying the evolution of sites according to the historic era (Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad, Fatimid, Ottoman, etc.), as well as markers identifying the condition, nature, size of buildings and residency in the walled city.  Those maps can be downloaded and used by researchers provided source reference is identified. (Copyright Riwaq: Bireh, Palestine)—Higher resolution images are available from the Centre directly."

  • Sinai peninsula map  The UT Austin web collection of maps includes this spectacularly detailed map showing the Sinai Peninsula (most of it, at least): more sinai pininsula 

  • Texas University maps of Egypt, Cairo and Alexandria

  • The map showing Shubra in 1958 can be found here:  Street map of Cairo from the 60's or 70's which would include Shubra al-Khaymah?

Atlases & Maps in Olin Library

Online Atlases

Atlas: Middle East & North Africa -- Published by: Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior,  Year: 2017.  ISBN: 9780903109032. Contains topographic and thematic maps of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). For each of the five regions (Middle East 1, Middle East 2, Arabian Peninsula, North Africa 1, North Africa 2) maps of topography, ethnic and linguistic groups, religious and sectarian groups as well as oil and gas fields are shown. The featured countries have been selected according to various criteria, such as asylum application statistics and current regional developments.

Atlas: Syria & Iraq --  Published by: Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior, Year: 2016.

Historical Atlas of Islam Online &  [Print] Olin Library Reference (Non-Circulating) Oversize+ G1786.S1 R9 2004 [Orig.: An historical atlas of Islam = atlas historique de l'Islam / edited by sous la direction de Hugh Kennedy].

From linguistic regions of the Islamic world to Iran under the Caliphate and the Greater Delhi Sultanate, a broad variety of topics is covered. New maps include: Yemen and the Hadramaut, Central Arabia and the Wahhabi expansion, Iran in the era of the Il-Khans and Timurids, environmental regions of the Muslim world, the fertile crescent in early Ottoman times, the Caucasus in early Islamic times, the Maghrib in the age of Almoravids and Almohads and many other regional groups. A wide variety of new city maps has been added including Sanaa, Damascus, Aleppo, Mosul, Baghdad, Cairo, Isfahan, Shiraz, Bukhara, Samarkand, Cordoba, Granada and Delhi.

Cairo Gazetteer : un thesaurus pour l'identification des monuments du Caire Au XIXe siècle, le voyage au Caire, deuxième ville après Rome pour l’exceptionnelle concentration de ses monuments, faisait partie du « grand tour » de nombreux artistes et architectes. Avec les édifices andalous et persans, l’architecture du Caire médiéval occupe une place centrale dans la découverte de l’art islamique. Les institutions patrimoniales européennes conservent ainsi des collections d’œuvres graphiques et photographiques de très grande valeur, dont l’intérêt est à la fois scientifique, artistique et, en raison de la disparition progressive de ce patrimoine architectural, historique. Ces fonds rassemblent parfois la seule documentation encore subsistante sur des édifices disparus, très dégradés ou radicalement transformés. Ces collections riches, variées et au caractère souvent unique restent cependant à peu près invisibles et inexploitées faute d’une indexation appropriée. Ce type de corpus soulève des difficultés particulières de traitement en matière d’identification et d’indexation, en raison des multiples variantes issues de la translittération, en caractères latins, des toponymes arabes. Il existe en effet de très nombreuses disparités dans l’orthographe des noms des monuments et cette « cacographie » demeure problématique pour le traitement documentaire et l’interopérabilité des données. Le laboratoire InVisu a donc établi un référentiel sur les monuments du Caire, sous la forme d’une table de concordance qui recense les variantes orthographiques des toponymes, et qui permet d’identifier, de décrire et de localiser les 600 édifices classés du Caire. Les monuments ont été localisés dans la base de données géographiques GeoNames (plus de 400 monuments créés), ce qui a permis de générer leurs coordonnées géographiques et d’exposer une partie des données de ce référentiel dans le Linked Open Data. Le projet Cairo Gazetteer vise la mise à disposition, au niveau de la communauté européenne des humanités numériques, de l’intégralité de ce référentiel en le publiant au format SKOS (Simple Knowledge Organization System).

Syria, Iraq & Afghanistan : Mapping migration, social media and topography
Authors: Wolfgang Taucher - Mathias Vogl - Peter Webinger
Published by: Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior
Date: 2017.  71 pages. ISBN: 9783950364392


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