Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness Arab Travellers in the Far North

ISBN-10: 0140455078
ISBN-13: 9780140455076
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/31/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

In 922 AD, an Arab envoy from Baghdad named Ibn Fadlan encountered a party of Viking traders on the upper reaches of the Volga River. In his subsequent report on his mission he gave a meticulous and astonishingly objective description of Viking customs, dress, table manners, religion and sexual practices, as well as the only eyewitness account ever written of a Viking ship cremation.Between the ninth and fourteenth centuries, Arab travellers such as Ibn Fadlan journeyed widely and frequently into the far north, crossing territories that now include Russia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Their fascinating accounts describe how the numerous tribes and peoples they encountered traded furs, paid tribute and waged wars. This accessible new translation offers an illuminating insight into the world of the Arab geographers, and the medieval lands of the far north.

Paul Lundeis the author ofIslam: Faith, Culture, HistoryandOrganized Crime: An Inside Guide to the World's Most Successful Industryand the coauthor ofA Land Transformed,a history of Saudi Arabia.

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