Photo Credit: Stephen Cory

Monday, November 7, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

CSU Student Center Ballroom

2121 Euclid Avenue, Room SC 311, A-B-C-D

It’s that time of year! Dr. Stephen Cory is once again hosting his annual map-walk in conjunction with the CSU History Department and the Middle Eastern Studies Program. Come to the Student Center Ballroom at any time between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to walk over 500 laminated maps of the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Africa. These maps will show cities, towns, roads, railroads, rivers, lakes, seas, distinctive land-marks, spot elevations, contours, elevation tints, and even stream-drainage patterns. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of the Islamic and non-Western world, and a good sense of their size relative to Western Europe.

Photo Credit: Stephen Cory

Join Ibn Battuta on his 29-Year Journey!

If you bring your smartphone, you can follow travels of Ibn Battuta, a medieval Berber scholar who holds the distinction of having travelled farther than any other person in pre-modern history. Join him for a journey of 29 years and 73,000 miles (or 117,000 kilometers) from the shining port-city of Tangier, on the northwest coast of Africa, all the way to Beijing and back again. Along the way, you might find yourself making a slight detour into Somalia, before heading north to the lands of the Ottomans and Byzantines in Anatolia. Read Ibn Battuta’s notes as you walk beside him, and see the world through his eyes and his words.

Behold the Khaganate!

You can also observe the full scope of the Mongol Empire at its height. See it stretch from the Sea of Japan in the East, to Poland in the West. From Russia in the north, down into China. Then, perhaps, you will understand the full scope of the lands of Ghenghis and Ögedei. This experience, like the Ibn Battuta tour, will require a smart-phone with QR code capabilities.

Further Information

Orientations for the tours and map-walk will be offered at 10:15 a.m., 11:25 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. There will be a mandatory shoe-check for all travelers. For further information, contact Dr. Stephen Cory directly during his office hours via phone at 216-687-6883, or send him an email at You can also contact the Department of History at CSU by calling 215-687-3920 during normal business hours.

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