In this podcast, Dr. Tarek Kahlaoui presents his recent book, Creating the Mediterranean: Maps and the Islamic Imagination (Brill, 2017), in which he traces the depictions of the Mediterranean from from Islamic sources dating between the 9th to the 16th century. During that span, he argues, the profession of map-makers shifted from bureaucratic authors to active mariners and professional cartographers, whereas the, from the dominance of the centers of the Islamic dominion in the eastern Islamic lands to the Maghrib.
Dr. Kahlaoui (Ph.D University of Pennsylvania, 2008) is currently an assistant professor at the South Mediterranean University (Tunisia). He was formerly an assistant professor at Rutgers University and the general director of the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies. His research focuses on Mediterranean history and visual culture.
This episode is part of the History of the Maghrib / History in the Maghrib series organized by the Centre d'Études Maghrébines en Algérie (CEMA) and was recorded on 28 April 2019 at Unité de Recherche sur la Culture, Communication, Langues, Littérature et Arts (UCCLLA).
Ms. Saliha Snouci, Researcher (CRASC), moderated the discussion.
To see related slides visit our web page www.themaghribpodcast.com
We thank our friend Ignacio Villalón, Master candidate at EHESS, for his guitar performance for the introduction and conclusion of this podcast.
Realization and editing: Hayet Lansari, Librarian, Outreach Coordinator, Content Curator (CEMA).