Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ahmed ibn Fadlan & first encounters with Vikings

This is definitely someone I need to read more about:

Ahmad ibn Fadlān ibn al-Abbās ibn Rašīd ibn Hammād (Arabicأحمد بن فضلان بن العباس بن رشيد بن حماد‎) was a 10th century Arab traveler, he is famous for his account of his travels as a member of an embassy of the Arab Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad to the king of the Volga Bulgars, the Kitāb ilā Mulk al-Saqāliba (كتاب إلى ملك الصقالبة) (book for the Owners of Scalivia). His account is most known for providing a description of the Volga Vikings, including an eye-witness account of a ship burial.


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