Zayde Antrim is Associate Professor of History and International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She is the author of Routes and Realms: The Power of Place in the Early Islamic World (2012).
In Middle Eastern studies, the history of cartography is a relatively underdeveloped field, certainly in comparison to other areas of the world. This excellent book on the history of mapping of the Middle East is a game-changer. It offers a sensible, accessible, and nuanced contextual analysis of maps of the Middle East since the early Islamic period to this day, including maps that appear in diverse media, not only the stand-alone map but also stamps, donation boxes, and art. To the best of my knowledge, no other book on the history of mapping in the region offers such an informative and informed introduction. Moreover, the author dares to cover both the premodern and modern traditions of mapping, a comparative intervention that enriches our understanding of every aspect of these maps. . . . This beautifully produced book should be of interest to a wide readership. --Bulletin of SOAS In this analysis of a millennium of cartography of the ever-changing region, Antrim provides welcome insights into the evolving function and meaning of its maps. This detailed and lavishly illustrated volume spans the 'realm of Islam' (eleventh to sixteenth centuries), where maps served more as memory aids than accurate geographical representation. . . . Academic yet highly readable, this book presents the history behind the maps. --AramcoWorld Antrim deserves credit for tackling a difficult subject that the current political system seems unable to resolve. . . . This is an exciting book that clearly belongs in any bibliography of the Middle East, in any course syllabus on the history of cartography, and on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the lasting consequences of exploration, discovery, and nation-building. --Terrae Incognitae This work offers a window into a fascinating subject. It is very readable and well-compiled. It does justice to a great amount of recent researches in the history and theory of cartography. The book is incisive, beautiful, and will certainly attract readers well beyond academia. --Journal of Historical Geography