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Zayde Gordon Antrim
Trinity College (Hartford, CT 06106-3100)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 6/30/2016

A History of Mapping the Middle East from the 11th Century

Mapping the Middle East is a history of the mapping of the region now referred to as the Middle East, broadly defined. By analyzing maps of this region produced from the eleventh to the twenty-first centuries, the book illuminates peoples’ feelings of belonging in different territories and the ways power has been understood and asserted geographically. Mapping the Middle East is not a technical history of cartography, but rather an exploration of a variety of imaginings of Middle Eastern land over the past millennium. Maps have become so ubiquitous today that we are not used to thinking critically about them; likewise, the Middle East has dominated headlines to the extent that its equation with conflict and fragmentation seems self-evident. Mapping the Middle East challenges these assumptions by using maps to show the many perspectives from which people have visualized and claimed ownership of this shifting territorial entity over the centuries.