Posted by Amtul Q Farhat
The Jakarta Post:
Cartography Exhibition Illustrates the Expansion of Islam in Indonesia
University students wearing headscarves knitted their eyebrows in concentration last week in Jakarta as they listened to an explanation of combat tactics used by the Prophet Muhammad in his battles during the early days of Islam.
But the person giving the explanations sported neither a headscarf nor a turban or beard. He was dressed in the typical Western attire of shirt and slacks, speaking English with a heavy Italian accent.
Despite a moment of seemingly hesitant silence after he finished his lecture, questions and discussions got livelier as cartographer Giovanni de Agostini, Jr. took the students and other participants that day to see the maps he had brought with him to Jakarta for the exhibition “History of Islam” at the National Museum.
Several followed him as he took them on a tour to explain the stories contained in the maps.