Tabula Rogeriana: The First Great Atlas

Tabula Rogeriana - upside-down with north oriented up, by Muhammad al-Idrisi, 1154

Tabula Rogeriana – upside-down with north oriented up, by Muhammad al-Idrisi, 1154

The history of the relationship between Muslims and Christians in Europe and the Middle East during the Middle Ages is well documented. From the Crusades for Jerusalem to the shining cities of Al-Andalus, the two religions frequently inhabited the same spaces, sometimes clashing while other times intermingling at ease. One oft-forgotten region where a near-flawless co-existence occurred is Sicily during the rule of the Hauteville counts and kings, most notably under Roger II.

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