This map illustrates the varieties of religious affiliation in the Muslim populations of the Middle East. It shows the locations of adherents to the four schools of Sunni jurisprudence and the distribution of Shia populations. Where it is impossible to portray this diversity visually, the sheet provides a few paragraphs of further explanation, such as on the Senussi order in Medina, the Maliki school of Islamic law in Syria, and the Hanafi school as the official law of the Ottoman provinces. The map is rich in detail, and shows a profusion of small towns and villages. Deserts or areas “of low culture” such as the Arabian Desert, the Sinai, and the Eastern Desert of Egypt are shown as white space. Information on the map is given as of September 1918. The map covers the area from Homs (Syria) and Chermansciah (present-day Kemanshah, Iran) in the north to the entire Arabian Peninsula in the south and east. The map was created by the prolific Italian cartographer Achille Dardano (1870−1938) and annotated by Carlo Alfonso Nollini (1872−1938), a scholar who was at one time the professor of famous Egyptian writer Taha Hussein. The map was photolithographed by the Italian Ministry of Colonies.
Annotator: Nollini, Carlo Alfonso, 1872-1938
References: Leonardo Capezzone “Nallino, Carlo Alfonso,” in http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/carlo-alfonso-nallino_(Dizionario-Biografico). | Elio Migliorini “Dardano, Achille,” in http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/achille-dardano_(Dizionario_Biografico).
Note: Scale 1:6,000,000
Place: Middle East and North Africa; Bahrain; Middle East and North Africa; Iraq; Middle East and North Africa; Israel; Middle East and North Africa; Jordan; Middle East and North Africa; Kuwait; Middle East and North Africa; Lebanon; Middle East and North Africa; Oman; Middle East and North Africa; Qatar; Middle East and North Africa; Saudi Arabia; Middle East and North Africa; United Arab Emirates; Middle East and North Africa; Yemen
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries
Physical description: 1 map : color ; 68 x 54 centimeters