"Al-Sharif al-Idrisi, a Muslim from Al-Andalus, traveled to Sicily to work for the Norman King Roger II, producing an Arabic-language geography guide that drew on Jewish, Greek, Christian, and Islamic traditions and contained two world maps: the small, circular one above, and 70 regional maps that could be stitched together. Unlike east-oriented Christian world maps at the time, al-Idrisi’s map puts south at top in the tradition of Muslim mapmakers, who considered Mecca due south (Africa is the crescent-shaped landmass at top, and the Arabian Peninsula is in the center). Unlike Ptolemy, al-Idrisi depicted a circumnavigable Africa—blue sea surrounds the globe. Ultimately, the map is concerned with representing physical geography and blending traditions—not mathematics or religion. "There are no monsters on his maps," Brotton says."
Songs that will imbue you with wanderlust and a hunger for adventure // ft. lots of breezy guitar riffs, soaring melodies, and city name dropping
1. Modern Love - David Bowie 2. Unbelievers - Vampire Weekend 3. Anna Sun - Walk the Moon 4. Girls - The 1975 5. Wolf Pack - The Vaccines 6. Piledriver Waltz - Arctic Monkeys 7. Second Hand News - Fleetwood Mac 8. Piazza, New York Catcher - Belle & Sebastian 9. Another Travelin’ Song - Bright Eyes 10. Janglin - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes 11. Waiting for My Chance to Come - Noah and the Whale 12. Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves) - The Wombats 13. I Turn Around - Bad Veins 14. VCR - The XX 15. Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show
Alright here’s a little pep talk for July. Just a reminder to not panic about summer’s end, but rather focus on every day individually bc the present is all you have control over. Hope y’all have a wonderful month xx