The Muslim World circa 905-1500


The Muslim World circa 905-1500


This map illustrates the expansion of the Muslim world as a result of conquest or political allegiance, and as is reflected in the powerful and long-lasting influence exerted by Muslim traders in regions such as East Africa.

Legend indicates:

  • Limit of Muslim Influence
  • Approximate frontiers
  • Trade routes
  • Route of Vasco da Gama
  • Route of Tamerlane 1400-02, and his battles 1391, 1395, 1402
  • Dates in Asia Minor & Balkans show Ottoman advance
  • Dates in Africa show Portuguese advance
  • Local Rulers


An Historical Atlas of Islam – Atlas Historique de l’Islam, Second Edition. Edited by Hugh Kennedy, Tuta sub Aegide Pallas 1683,
Brill, Leiden-Boston-Koeln, 2002, page 12.

Cartography by Marc Bel, Peter van der Donck.


© 2002 Koninklijke Brill NV, The Netherlands. All rights reserved.


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