Geography and religious knowledge

Vient de paraître:

Geography and Religious Knowledge in the Medieval World éd. Christoph Mauntel, Berlin-Boston, De Gruyter, 2021, coll. “Das Mittelalter. Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung. Beihefte”, 14.


In the medieval world, geographical knowledge was influenced by religious ideas and beliefs. Whereas this point is well analysed for the Latin-Christian world, the religious character of the Arabic-Islamic geographic tradition has not yet been scrutinised in detail.

This volume addresses this desideratum and combines case studies from both traditions of geographic thinking. The contributions comprise in-depth analyses of individual geographical works as for example those of al-Idrisi or Lambert of Saint-Omer, different forms of presenting geographical knowledge such as TO-diagrams or globes as well as performative aspects of studying and meditating geographical knowledge.

Focussing on texts as well as on maps, the contributions open up a comparative perspective on how religious knowledge influenced the way the world and its geography were perceived and described int the medieval world.

Table des matières:

Christoph Mauntel, Geography and Religious Knowledge. An Introduction

Part I: Representing the World in Arab-Islamic and Latin-Christian Geography

Karen C. Pinto, It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. No, it’s the World! An Exploration of the Spiritual Meanings Underlying the Bird Forms Used in Islamicate World Maps

Christoph Mauntel, The T-O Diagram and its Religious Connotations. A Circumstantial Case

Part II: Compiling Geographical Knowledge According to Religious Ideas

Nathalie Bouloux, Ordering and Reading the World. The Maps in Lambert of Saint-Omer’s ‘Liber Floridus’

Kurt Franz, The Divine in Yāqūt’s ‘Lexicon of Peopled Places’. A Reduction

Jean-Charles Ducène, Al-Idrīsī, la géographie et les religions

Part III: Presenting Religious Knowledge in New Forms

Felicitas Schmieder, The Globe as Mappa Mundi? Reflections on Terrestrial Globes from
around 1500

David A. King, The Culmination of Islamic Sacred Geography. I: The World about the Kaaba (Folk Astronomy), and II: The World about Mecca (Mathematical Geography)

Stefan Schröder, Religious Knowledge within Changing Cartographical Worldviews. Spatial Concepts and Functions of Maps in Marino Sanudo’s ‘Liber secretorum fidelium crucis’ (c. 1321)

Part IV: Depicting, Transforming and Experiencing the Holy Land in Maps

Emmanuelle Vagnon, When Religious Geography meets the Geography of Humanists. The Tabula moderna Terrae Sanctae in the Copies of the ‘Geography’ of Ptolemy in the Fifteenth Century

Ingrid Baumgärtner and Eva Ferro, The Holy Land Geography as Emotional Experience. Burchard of Mount Sion’s Text and the Movable Map

Raoul DuBois, Getting There by Manipulating the Medium. Material Dimensions of Virtual Pilgrimages to the Holy Land

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