Siddiqui 1 Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness: Arab Travellers in the Far North —A Short Essay Ahmed Ibn Fadlan was an Arab traveller from Baghdad, Iraq;. Ibn Fadlan was a 10th-century Arab Muslim traveler, famous for his account of his travels as a . Paul and Caroline Stone (trans.), Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness: Arab Travellers in the Far North (London: Penguin Classics, ). The Political Divisions of Eurasia, PENGUIN CLASSICS IBN FADLAN AND THE LAND OF DARKNESS ibn fadlAn’s account of his journey from Baghdad to.

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If he approves the exchange, he takes these wares. It has springs, grass and many trees.

Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness

Much that he saw appalled him, particularly the open sexual congress of the Rus with their slave girls and the always shocking fad,an and practices of pagans. They do not clean themselves after urinating or defecating, nor do they wash Ibn Rusta on the Burtas He was an ugly man, wretched looking, small and stunted in appearance, really ignoble. The book even details a few Viking raids on settlements within the Muslim empire.

She gave the ends to two ov the men, so they could pull on them. In fact, among the Ghuzz, I have seen people who possess 10, horses andhead of sheep.

I stopped ihn look at it, when suddenly it moved. He reported the matter to the kudharkin and said to him: Then they brought nabidh, fruit and basil which they placed near him. Ibn Jubayr and Ibn Battuta, the two best-known Arab travellers, followed a different tradition and neither shared the inquiring mind and objectivity of Ibn Fadlan.


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Then they brought her a chicken. It was while in the Bulghar encampment of Almish that Ibn Fadlan met with a tribe of Rus—Viking traders who had no doubt sailed down the Volga from Kiev. They greeted us, bringing with them bread, meat and millet, and they rode with us. Arabic culture greatly daekness hygiene by stressing the need to wash oneself off after urination, and this is a very important sign of cleanliness from the society that Ibn Fadlan came from.

When I reached the formula: Abu Hamid left for Aleppo inand five years later made the last journey of his remarkable life, to Damascus, where he died in at the age of ninety. If you run across him, lock him up until you receive our letter about the matter. In fact, the Volga Bulghars were the only state from the time of Ibn Fadlan to survive, still trading at the confluence of the Darnkess and Kama.

Next they carried in bread, meat and onions which they laid before him. Sallam returns from his mission. Once ibj has greeted the Great Khaqan, he ignites this piece of wood before him. Immediately after his description of the dsrkness of the Radhanlya, Ibn Khurradadhbih describes two northern routes followed by the Swedish Vikings, or Rus, one leading to the Black Sea via the Dnieper, terminating in Constantinople, the other via the Volga to the Caspian, ending in Baghdad.


If he wants to ride, his horse is led right up to the throne and he mounts. Mas’udI on the Khazar capital Clearly, sea lanes and overland routes between east and west were already open at this early date. Account Options Sign in.

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I saw forests of them, 40 farsakhs in area. Rarkness hunt it across the countryside and through the forests until they kill it. It was said to him: The dialogue is beautifully reported, and as Ibn Fadlan engagingly admits, reduced him to silence. The texts collected here still present wide variations in their transcriptions of jbn names and even of well-known tribal names, such as Bashghird and Bulghar, the former with numerous variants, the latter sometimes occurring as Bulkar and Bulqar.

On the summit of the mountain was a long crevice from which water flows, and with the water come pieces of sulphur the weight of a danaq, more or less.

Between us and them, there is the sea on one side and they are enclosed by mountains on the others. We continued on our way each night, from midnight until afternoon or midday, moving as fast as we could and over the longest stages possible.