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His result was in close agreement with his estimate of the age of the earth.

As most maps were produced within monasteries, religious zeal tended to dominate mapping.This system revolutionised European geographic thinking, by imposing mathematical rules to the composition of maps.Ptolemy’s work continued to be of great importance to European and Islamic scholars well into the Renaissance (1500s).The first of these books had the delightful title of ‘The Amusement of him who desires to traverse the Earth’.It is believed that the influence of Al-Idrisi’s work was far reaching with generations of Islamic map makers using his designs as the basis of their maps.