Samples of ancient Islamic ceramics in the Museum of Islamic Ceramics in Cairo. Four plates with drawings from Islamic Egypt: (a). Mamluk era, 11th century; (b). Fatimid era, 12th century; (c). Mamluk period, 11th century; (d). Fatimid times, 11th century. (Source).
Filling the Gap in the History of Pre-Modern Industry: 1000 Years of Missing Islamic IndustryLEARN MORE
Most educational systems, particularly those of Western countries, teach that industry was born in Europe and...
Figure 1: Cover page of Tuhfat al-kibâr fî asfâr al-bihâr by Kâtib Çelebi in the edition of Idris Bostan (Ankara, 2008).
A Jewel of Ottoman Naval History: The Book of Kâtib Çelebi on Naval CampaignsLEARN MORE
This is a review of the book prepared by Prof. Dr. Idris Bostan for the Turkish Undersecretariat of...
Figure 1. Ibn Battuta as imagined by a present day artist. Muslim Heritage Consulting ©
Ibn BattutaLEARN MORE
The Moroccan traveler Ibn Battuta is known as the greatest traveller of premodern times. He lived in the 8th...
Figure 1. Chios island (in Aegean Sea) map, Kitab-i Bahriye, Suleymaniye Library, Ayasofya, 2612.
Mapping and Picturing: Maps as Records of HistoryLEARN MORE
A study of historical maps and sea charts indicates that cartographers have often considered map making as an...
Figure 1. "Goke" an Ottoman war ship. Miniature taken from Katip Celebi's manuscript Tuhfetü'l-kibar. Topkapi Palace Library, R. 1192.
Ottoman Maritime Arsenals And Shipbuilding Technology In The 16th And 17th CenturiesLEARN MORE
In this article Prof. Idris Bostan describes Ottoman shipbuilding efforts and achievements within the broader...
Figure 1. A section of the world map produced by Pîrî Reis and presented to Sultan Selim I in 1517. (The original is in Topkapi Palace Museum Library, no. H. 1824.)
Turkish Contributions to Islamic GeographyLEARN MORE
Turkish contributions to geography are vast in content and have a very significant place in the history of...