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Ibn Fadlan and the land of darkness : Arab travellers in the far north

Author: Aḥmad Ibn Faḍlān; Paul Lunde; Caroline Stone
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2012.
Series: Penguin classics.
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Reisebericht
Early works
History
Early works to 1800
Named Person: Aḥmad Ibn Faḍlān; Aḥmad Ibn Faḍlān; Aḥmad Ibn Faḍlān; Aḥmad Ibn Faḍlān; Aḥmad Ibn-al-ʻAbbās Ibn-Faḍlān
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aḥmad Ibn Faḍlān; Paul Lunde; Caroline Stone
ISBN: 0140455078 9780140455076
OCLC Number: 769191032
Language Note: Translated from the Arabic into English; glossary in Arabic with English translations.
Description: xxxvii, 239 pages : maps ; 20 cm.
Contents: The book of Ahmad ibn Fadlān, 921-922 --
The travels of Abū Hāmid al-Andalusī al-Gharnātī, 1130-1155 --
Passages from other geographers, historians and travellers.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Other Titles: Kitāb ilá malik al-Ṣaqālibah.
Responsibility: Ibn Fadlan ; translated with an introduction by Paul Lunde and Caroline Stone.

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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  Read more...

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Exceptional...a fascinating book, with a nugget of curious information on each page, adding up to a picture that turns preconceptions on their head...Delightful and intriguing The Scotsman

 
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