c.1096 - 1166
Arab Geographer

Al Idrisi is the author of one of the greatest works of medieval geography.

Born in Morocco, he travelled through North Africa and Spain. After he entered the service of the Norman court of Roger II in Sicily he began a lifetime work as mapmaker.

He completed three major geographical works and published an atlas with 71 maps. He also wrote several works on geography and completed a map of the world.

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