Meḥmed Reʾīs
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, Ibn Menemenli , Turkish ship’s captain and cartographer from an Aegean seafaring family, author of an 81 × 58 cm chart of the Aegean Sea, showing also Greece and the western coast of Asia Minor (Museo Correr, Venice). Dated 999/1590 and with additional title and author’s name in Italian (probably from the 17th century), the chart shows rhumbs and 199 names of coastal towns or islands noted in Turkish.

Similar to the Aegean sea-chart in the atlas of ʿAlī Mad̲j̲ar Reʾīs dating from 1567, the above-mentioned belongs to the portolan tradition. It is more exact than …

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Eisenstein, H., “Meḥmed Reʾīs”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 21 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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