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Mission to the Volga

Author: Aḥmad Ibn Faḍlān; James E Montgomery; Shawkat M Toorawa; Timothy Severin
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2017]
Series: Library of Arabic literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Mission to the Volaga is the oldest surviving instance of sustained first-person travel narrative in Arabic--a pioneering text of peerless historical and literary value ... In this colorful documentary from the tenth century, the enigmatic Ibn Fadlan relates his experiences as part of an embassy sent by Caliph al-Muqtadir to deliver political and religious instruction to the recently-converted King of the Bulghars.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Aḥmad Ibn Faḍlān; Aḥmad Ibn Faḍlān
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Aḥmad Ibn Faḍlān; James E Montgomery; Shawkat M Toorawa; Timothy Severin
ISBN: 9781479899890 1479899895 9781479826698 1479826693 9781479829750 1479829757
OCLC Number: 957696543
Language Note: Translated from the Arabic.
Notes: Translated from the Arabic.
"A riveting travelogue from Baghdad to the Central Asian steppe"--Cover.
Description: xxxix, 138 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Contents: Letter from the General Editor, p.III --
Foreword, p.XI --
Acknowledgments, p.XVI --
Introduction, p.XIX --
Notes to the Introduction, p.XXXİX --
Map : Ibn Fadlan's Route to the Volga, p.2 --
MISSION TO THE VOLGA, p.1 --
Baghdad, p.3 --
Bukhara, p.4 --
Khwarazm, p.6 --
Al-jurjaniyyah, p.7 --
The Ghuzziyyah,p.10 --
The Bajanak,p.17 --
The Bashghird, p.17 --
The Bulghars, p.18 --
The Rüsiyyah, p.32 --
The Khazars, p.39 --
YAQÜT'S QUOTATIONS FROM THE BOOK OF IBN FADLAN, p.41 --
Ibn Fadları's Logbook: An Imagined Reconstruction, p.63 --
Notes, p.68 --
Glossary of Names and Terms, p.77 --
Bibliography, p.106 --
Further Reading, p.112
Series Title: Library of Arabic literature.
Other Titles: Kitāb ilá malik al-Ṣaqālibah.
Responsibility: by Aḥmad ibn Faḍlān ; translated by James E. Montgomery ; foreword by Tim Severin ; volume editor, Shawkat M. Toorawa.

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"Mission to the Volaga is the oldest surviving instance of sustained first-person travel narrative in Arabic--a pioneering text of peerless historical and literary value ... In this colorful documentary from the tenth century, the enigmatic Ibn Fadlan relates his experiences as part of an embassy sent by Caliph al-Muqtadir to deliver political and religious instruction to the recently-converted King of the Bulghars. During eleven months of grueling travel, Ibn Fadlan records the marvels he witnesses on his journey, including an aurora borealis and the white nights of the North. Crucially, he offers a description of the Viking Rus, including their customs, clothing, body painting, and a striking account of a ship funeral. Together, these anecdotes illuminate a vibrant world of diversity during the heyday of the Abbasid Empire, narrated with as much curiosity and zeal as they were perceived by its observant beholder."--Provided by publisher.

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