Ibn Fadlān and the land of darkness : Arab travellers in the far north
Ibn Fadlān and the land of darkness : Arab travellers in the far north / Ibn Fadlān ; translated with an introduction by Paul Lunde and Caroline Stone.
Kitāb ilá malik al-Ṣaqālibah. English
رحلة ابن فضلان الى بلاد الترك والروس والصقالية.
|Main author:||Ibn Faḍlān, Aḥmad, active 922., (Author)|
|Other authors:||Ibn Abī al-Rabīʻ, Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd al-Raḥīm, 1080 or 1081-1169 or 1170.Lunde, Paul, 1943- , (Translator)Stone, Caroline (Academic) , (Translator)|
"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."--Publisher's website.
|Other authors:||Ibn Abī al-Rabīʻ, Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd al-Raḥīm, 1080 or 1081-1169 or 1170., Lunde, Paul, 1943- , (Translator), Stone, Caroline (Academic) , (Translator)|
Includes bibliographical references (pages 214-221).