On this page you’ll find number of maps of the Middle East and North Africa, the Arab World, and the Arab Spring. Some of the maps are blank and can be used as practice tests for the upcoming map quiz.
One thing to note with maps of these regions is the politics of borders and territories. The most infamous example is the mapping of the borders of Israel and Palestine(West Bank/Gaza). However, if you look on Google maps for example you will notice that the boundaries over the Golan Heights between Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan is doted. The same goes for the boundary of Morocco and Western Sahara, and Egypt and Sudan. These doted lines only hint at the ongoing conflict over these territories. While you won’t be tested on these ‘grey areas’, knowledge of the politics behind maps is important for understanding the region.
UPDATE from Lecture:
- Map Quiz will be testing: cities, countries, territories, bodies of water and rivers
- Number of terms on the quiz is tbd
- Number of maps on the quiz is tbd
- All of the maps will be on the current period
- You will have the full lecture time to complete the quiz
- Remember quiz is worth %15
From the syllabus:
The Times Atlas of the World
Andreas Birken, Atlas of Islam, 1800-2000, Leiden, Brill, 2010.
Malise Ruthven and Azim Nanji, Historical Atlas of Islam, Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 2004.
Hugh Kennedy, Marc Bel, An Historical Atlas of Islam, Leiden, Brill, 2002.