Medieval Arabic Map to be Displayed at the Bodleian

The public has its first chance to view a medieval Egyptian map showing England as a "tiny, egg-shaped lump." The map is now on display at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England.

According to the catalogue, this map is a "marvel for the eyes." Thought to have been drawn somewhere in the Nile Delta around 1050 CE, the map was then copied 150 years later and reflects much of "the achievements of the classical age of Islamic civilisation." The depiction of England as a tiny, egg-shaped island, labelled in Arabic as Inghiltirah or "Angle-terre," is thought to be the first mention of Britain by that name. The exhibit will also include other folios from the book.

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