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Blue circle with green landmass, showing an overhead view of the globe. It is captioned h/21.

History21

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The most meaningful goal of this site is its emphasis on epistemology, and students learning how to think historically.

Hobo-Dyer Projection Worldmap

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On a typical world map, such as the classic Mercator projection, Greenland appears misleadingly enormous – yet few observers pause to note the inaccuracies. Mapmakers rarely question other basic assumption, such as drawing north at the top. But if the Earth resembles ball spinning through space, are ‘up’ and ‘down’ so self-evident? Better maps can provide fresh perspective, and make viewers... Read More »

Iceland Saga Map

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Ultimately, the purpose of this map is to encourage and aid new readings of the sagas.
Photo of young girl with a bow in her hair.

In Motion: The African-American Migration Project

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In Motion: The African-American Migration Project portrays the history of 13 defining migrations that formed and transformed African Americans from the 16th century to the present.
Screenshot of the site's map feature showing the Indian Ocean in the Industrial and Imperial era with markers for different objects, goods, and places highlighted on the site

Indian Ocean History

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It is easily the most comprehensive website for studying and teaching Indian Ocean history currently available.
Stone tablet from Gilgamesh's Epic.  The specific tablet is number 11 discussing the Flood Narrative.

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook

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This site was designed to provide classroom teachers with an extensive, well-organized collection of ancient Mediterranean literary texts and, to a lesser extent, art and archaeological sources.

Islam on the Ebb

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This article is one of many newspaper articles coming out of Britain in the late nineteenth century. It reports that families in Beirut were becoming wealthy. They were “even beating the West on its own commercial ground.” These journalists find that the reason for Middle Eastern success is their ability to adopt a “Western spirit.” Historians have repeated this Eurocentric view as fact.... Read More »

Close-up image of an early modern Ottoman sajjadah rug

Islamic Carpet made in Ottoman Turkey at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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This carpet is a specific type of carpet woven in the Islamic world called a sajjadah or prayer rug. Typically, these carpets will have one or more arches decorating its center field representing early mosque architecture or the mihrab a niche in a wall that directs the worshipper towards the holy site of Mecca. Worshippers use these types of rugs to make their daily prayers and orient... Read More »

Image of a sixteenth-century Ottoman carpet showing a portion of the carpet's main design field that contains a triple arch design with slender double columns and a hanging lamp in the central archway

Islamic Carpet made in Safavid Iran

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This carpet called the Qazvin Carpet (also known as the "Salting Carpet") was made in late-sixteenth century Safavid Iran likely in a royal atelier. The carpet was meant to be used with an outdoor garden space and it's intricately designed floral field and poetry woven into the margins are evidence of the nature of its use as a sensorial object meant to be sat upon but also touched, read, and... Read More »

Close-up image of an early modern Islami Carpet

Islamic Carpets

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These three carpets made in the period between the 16th and 18th centuries show two distinct types of carpets produced in the Islamic World for particular culture-specific uses. While carpets in the Islamic World were made for export and global consumption, the type of carpets seen here - one with Persian inscriptions and the other two that with colonnaded designs that were used for the... Read More »

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