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2020 Calendar: Exploring Islamic Maps

2020 Calendar: Exploring Islamic Maps
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2020 Calendar: Exploring Islamic Maps

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Robots of Ages Past

A century ago, a Czech playwright coined the word “robot,” and 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci designed a pretty good one—and he was far from the first. (Hey Siri, who was Ismail al-Jazari?)
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Robots of Ages Past

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Messages in the Maps

Long given short shrift by Western scholars for being more schematic than to scale, Islamic maps from the 10th to the 18th century were often sophisticated images, full of insights for anyone willing to set out and explore them.
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Messages in the Maps

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Astrolabe Tech Made ... Not So Easy

About the size of a tablet computer, astrolabes were tools of astronomers, surveyors and navigators, to name a few. But using them took a lot more than typing, tapping and swiping.
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Astrolabe Tech Made ... Not So Easy

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The Mystery of Cairo’s Magnificent Mamluk Carpets

Few survive, some just in fragments: In the 15th century, the Mamluk sultan in Cairo built up the city’s carpet workshops. The large masterpieces they produced soon graced palaces—notably in Italy and Spain.

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The Mystery of Cairo’s Magnificent Mamluk Carpets

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The Handwritten Heritage of South Africa’s Kitabs

One heirloom connects Muslim families of Cape Town to heritage more than any other: a kitab. Historians and linguists value them, too, as some preserve the first written form of the Afrikaans language, which was in Arabic script.

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The Handwritten Heritage of South Africa’s Kitabs

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