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

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A fascinating collection of medieval Arabic travel writing-in an important new translation.

Between the ninth and fourteenth centuries, Arab explorers journeyed widely and frequently into the far north, crossing territories that now include Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. Ibn Fadla-n's chronicles of his travels are one of the most important documents from the period, and this illuminating new translation offers insight into the world of the Arab geographers and the medieval lands of the far north. Based on an expedition to the upper Volga River in 922 AD, Ibn Fadla-n and the Land of Darkness provides a rare and valuable glimpse of Viking customs, dress, table manners, religion, and sexual practices, including the only eyewitness account ever written of a Viking ship cremation.

About the Author

Ibn Fadla-n was a tenth century diplomat from Baghdad.

Paul Lunde is the author of Islam: Culture, Faith, and History.

Caroline Stone is translating for Penguin Classics collection of writings by the Arab geographer Mas'udi.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140455076
Author:
Ibn Fadlan
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Lunde, Paul
Author:
Lu
Author:
Stone, Caroline
Author:
nde, Paul
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w maps
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.79 x 5.13 x 0.72 in 0.5 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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