Visualizing political culture is a major objective of states. These efforts include, for example, organizing holiday events, constructing monuments and issuing postage stamps. Stamps are visual products that are designed to inform the observer about the state’s place in a regional and global context historically and today. Maps play an important role in these visual efforts. We examine the map stamps issued by the 22 Arab League members, looking at total numbers, topics and themes. Almost 1 100 map stamps have been issued, most since 1960. The leaders in numbers issued range from 75+ each for Iraq, Egypt, Djibouti, Libya and Syria to <30 each for Kuwait, Sudan, UAE, Somalia, Lebanon and Yemen. Map themes also vary by country. Some mostly issued stamps with national themes; others were more international (Mauritania, Morocco, Tanzania and Tunisia). Some issued stamps with maps of Palestine (Algeria, Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Syria), the Deir Yassin massacre (Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia), regional themes such as explorers (Djibouti), popes (Tunisia), COVID-19 (Oman), a Japanese exposition (Comoros Islands), and the U.S. bicentennial (Morocco). Subsequent research could focus on the designers and producers of stamps, or changes in topics or regions over the past 40 years.

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