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Middle East Studies: Maps & Atlases

Guide to Middle East Studies: ancient, medieval & modern.

Online Sources

Atlas al-Mu'allaqat

  • Atlas of places mentioned in the Mu'allaqat. In Arabic

Historic Cities

  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem & the Jewish National and University Library

An Historical Atlas of Islam = Atlas historique de l'Islam edited by Hugh Kennedy  UCSB Only

            This atlas is meant to accompany the Encyclopaedia of Islam

IRANCARTO - Etudes cartographiques sur l'Iran et le monde iranien

  • Over 500 maps; site hosted by the CNRS, France

Maps of the Middle East 

  • Center for Middle East Studies, University of Chicago

Maps of the Ottoman Empire

  • DLIR

Middle East Maps (Government 46)

  • Dartmouth College

Middle East Maps from the Perry-Castañeda Library

  • University of Texas Austin Library

Monuments of Syria Atlas

al-Thurayyā Gazetteer

  • vers. 02
  • Currently includes over 2,000 toponyms and almost as many route sections georeferenced from Georgette Cornu’s Atlas du monde arabo-islamique à l'époque classique: IXe-Xe siècles (Leiden: Brill, 1983)
  • The gazetteer is searchable (upper left corner), although English equivalents are not yet included

 In addition to the preceding sources, UCSB also has special collections that maybe useful. 

  • Topographic Maps of Foreign Countries (UCSB's Map and Imagery Lab) -- maps are being added to this digitized database on a regular basis. Maps are arranged by continent and then country or region. To find Middle East maps you will look in Asia and Africa and then find the country or region you are looking for in the first column; click on the map you want to see to display.

Print Sources

Atlas historique du golfe Persique (?XVIe-XVIIIe sie?cles) = Historical Atlas of the Persian Gulf (sixteenth to eighteenth centuries)

  • REF G2207.P4 A84 2006

Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, 'Oman, and Central Arabia

  • 2 vols in 17
  • MIL Annex DS326.L67 I27 1995

Historical and Political Gazetteer of Afghanistan

  • 6 vols
  • MIL REF DS351 .I5

Historical Atlas of Islam

  • By G.S.P. Freeman-Grenville & Stuart Munro-Hay.
  • MIL Maps G1781.S1 F7 2002

Historical Atlas of the Islamic World

  • MIL Maps G1786.S1 N5 2003

Historical Atlas of the Middle East

  • By G.S.P. Freeman-Grenville
  • REF G2206.S1 F7 1993

Historical Gazetteer of Iran

  • 4 vols
  • REF DS253 .A54

Tubinger Atlas des Vorderen Orients

  • 2 large folio cases
  • MIL Maps G2205.T833 1994