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

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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 fourteenth centuries, Arab travellers such as Ibn Fadlan journeyed widely and frequently into the far north, crossing ...

Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness: Arab Travellers in the Far North 2011, Penguin Classics, London

ISBN-13: 9780140455076

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