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The entire history of cartography has undergone a remarkable transformation during the past quarter-century. The broader scope that Harley and Woodward?s expanded vision of cartography and its significance opens up is not merely confined to the use of iconology and theory borrowed from postmodernism. In fact, those methods are now regarded with serious scepticism by some historians of cartography. This is the introductory chapter of the book, which survey the study of classical and of medieval maps respectively. The maps in the book incorporate both classical learning and new knowledge, and form a priceless extension to the known body of Islamic cartography. The period when Renaissance ideas about art and learning were starting to influence mapmaking also saw a significant increase in the uses of maps as well as in the number of their users.

Keywords: Harley; Islamic cartography; Renaissance



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