Karen Pinto is a native of Karachi, Pakistan. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University for "Ways of Seeing.3: Scenarios of the World in the Medieval Islamic Cartographic Imagination.” She joined the faculty at Gettysburg College in 2007 as an assistant professor in the History Department. Prior to Gettysburg she taught at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon (2003-2007). She has worked extensively with medieval Islamic maps in Oriental manuscript libraries around the world. She is a specialist in Middle Eastern and North African; Islamic Cartography: and Arabic, Persian, & Turkish Illustrated Manuscripts.
Her publications include: "Capturing Imagination: The Buja and Medieval Islamic Mappamundi,” in Views from the Edge: Essays in Honor of Richard W. Bulliet (Middle East Institute, Columbia University, 2004), “Surat Bahr al-Rum: Possible Meanings Underlying the Forms,” in Eastern Mediterranean Cartographies (Institute for Neohellenic Research, 2004), "Passion and Conflict: Medieval Islamic Views of the West" in Mapping Medieval Geographies (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and "Public vs. Private: Fatih's Interest in Maps Revisited Through the Ottoman Cluster" (forthcoming Imago Mundi). She is currently working on two book projects: "The Mediterranean in the Islamic Cartographic Imagination" and "Maps and Time in the Islamic Context" and on a digital encyclopedia of Islamic maps called MIME (Medieval Islamic Maps Encyclopedia).
She offers classes on: Islamic History (HIST 208); History of Islamic Technology (HIST 278); Ottoman History (HIST 330); US-Middle East Relations (HIST 2379); and a Senior Capstone on "Mediterranean Encounters."
Assistant Professor, History
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PhD Columbia University - Middle Eastern History, 2001
MA Columbia University - International Affairs, 1994
BA Dartmouth College - History and Geography, 1985