Lost Islamic History’s mission is to educate all people, regardless of religious affiliation about the story of Muslims of the past. Great feats have been achieved by Muslims throughout the world for the past 1400 years and they deserve to be recognized. That said, this website does not exist to promote any political agenda. It is our policy to refrain from commenting on any modern political developments, or support any modern political ideologies. This allows us to remain unbaised in our analysis of past empires, people, and civilizations.
About the Author
Firas Alkhateeb is a graduate student in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. He also currently studying traditional Islamic law and theology at Darul Qasim in Glendale Heights, Illinois. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History with a concentration in Islamic History from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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The banner image is part of a summary overview map of the world from al-Idrisi’s world atlas which he drew in 1154. Al-Idrisi lived and worked in the multi-cultural and tolerant Sicily of King Roger II. His life provides a prime example of Muslims and non-Muslims living and working together and providing a joint intellectual legacy. The map would be considered “upside down” to most people, as North is situated at the bottom of the map, as most ancient maps were. With the development of Europe as an economic and military powerhouse in the early modern era, maps began to be situated the way they are today – with Europe at the top.