Seen 12th century lost Al Idrisi’s map of the world?

By Eudore R. Chand

Recording of Al Idriss Nuzhat al-Mushtaq fi Ikhtiraq al-Afaq (The Delight of One Who Wishes to Traverse the Regions of the World), or more simply, al-Kitab al-Rujari (Roger's Book) in Bodleian Library (Oxford) Text with 71 part maps, a world map and 70 sectional itinerary maps, representing the seven climates each divided longitudinally into 10 sections.

ABU DHABI 29 February 2020: A ground-breaking re-creation of lost 12th century map on silver disc merges is on display at Abu Dhabi’s Manarat Al Saadiyat, as part of the Hay Festival in the nation’s capital.

Drawing on several centuries of Islamic cartographic research, 12th century Islamic cartographer al-Sharif Al-Idrisi produced both a book of 70 regional maps covering the surface of the known world, and a single, round map engraved onto a silver disk and set into a wooden table, with Mecca at its centre.

The original silver disc, commissioned by Sicily’s ruler King Roger II and created by Al-Idrisi in 1153, is now lost. However, on display in Manarat al Saadiyat is a recreation by Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation, of one of the greatest achievements of medieval map-making: a world map of remarkable accuracy inscribed onto a huge disc of solid silver that is two metres wide, said Wam.

Factum Foundation re-created Al-Idrisi’s silver map based on one of the best-preserved copies of his book, “Entertainment for those wanting to discover the world” (Nuzhat al-mushtāq fi’khtirāq al-āfāq), which is held by the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University. This re-creation combines historical research with advanced digital conservation techniques and the highest levels of craftsmanship.

Second edition same technique of the first one

It remained the most technically sophisticated world-map for three centuries after its production.

Al-Idrisi’s map will be introduced on Friday, 28th February by British historian Jerry Brotton, author of “A History of the World in Twelve Maps”.