This is an English translation of the Risala, letters by the 10th century scholar Ibn Fadlan, one of the great medieval travellers.
Author: Aḥmad Ibn Faḍlān
This is an English translation of the Risala, letters by the 10th century scholar Ibn Fadlan, one of the great medieval travellers. He journeyed from Baghdad to Bukhara in Central Asia and then continued across the desert to the town of Bulghar, near present Kazan. He describes the tribes he met on his way.
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.
Author: Ibn Fadlan
Publisher: Penguin UK
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 territories that now include Russia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Their fascinating accounts describe how the numerous tribes and peoples they encountered traded furs, paid tribute and waged wars. This accessible new translation offers an illuminating insight into the world of the Arab geographers, and the medieval lands of the far north.
The earliest surviving instance of sustained first-person travel narrative in Arabic Mission to the Volga is a pioneering text of peerless historical and literary value.
Author: Ahmad Ibn Fadlan
Publisher: NYU Press
Earliest surviving instance of sustained first-person travel narrative in Arabic. A pioneering text of peerless historical and literary value. In its pages, we move north on a diplomatic mission from Baghdad to the upper reaches of the Volga River in what is now central Russia. 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.
Frye, ibn Fadlan's Journey to Russia, p. 75. 47. Golden, turks and Khazars (Aldershot, 2010), X, p. 183; X, p. 170. 48. Golden, turks and Khazars X, p. 170. piatigorsky, Sapir, l'empire khazar, Viie–Xie siècle, p. 56. 49.
Author: Christoph Baumer
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This set includes all four volumes of the critically acclaimed History of Central Asia series. The epic plains and arid deserts of Central Asia have witnessed some of the greatest migrations, as well as many of the most transformative developments, in the history of civilization. Christoph Baumer's ambitious four-volume treatment of the region charts the 3000-year drama of Scythians and Sarmatians; Soviets and transcontinental Silk Roads; trade routes and the transmission of ideas across the steppes; and the breathless and brutal conquests of Alexander the Great and Chinghiz Khan. Masterfully interweaving the stories of individuals and peoples, the author's engaging prose is richly augmented throughout by colour photographs taken on his own travels. This set includes The Age of the Steppe Warriors (Volume 1), The Age of the Silk Roads (Volume 2), The Age of Islam and the Mongols (Volume 3) and The Age of Decline and Revival (Volume 4)
Emissaries from its religious and cultural centers were sent out to the north and east to proselytize, and thus it was that Ibn Fadlan's tenth-century account of his journey from Baghdad to the kingdom of the Bulgars along the Volga ...
Author: Adele Marie Barker
Publisher: Duke University Press
An introduction to the history, culture, and politics of the worlds largest country, from the earliest written accounts of the Russian people to today.
Richard N. Frye, Ibn Fadlan's Journey to Russia (Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener, 2005), 41. 96. Zuckerman, “On the Date of the Khazars' Conversion,” 254. 97. Zhivkov, Khazaria in the 9th and 10th Centuries, 150. 98.
Author: Kevin Alan Brook
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
The Jews of Khazaria is an accessible introduction to Khazaria—a kingdom in the early Middle Ages noted for its adoption of the Jewish religion. The third edition of this modern classic features new and updated material throughout, including archaeological findings, genetic (DNA) evidence, and information about the migration of the Khazars.
“This, however, is better than when you cover itupand yet itis reachable” (Frye, Ibn Fadlan's Journey to Russia,43). This strongstatement notonly betrays anOghuz philosophy of body exposure thatis ultimately congruouswith the Muslim ...
Author: N. Hermes
Contrary to the monolithic impression left by postcolonial theories of Orientalism, the book makes the case that Orientals did not exist solely to be gazed at. Hermes shows that there was no shortage of medieval Muslims who cast curious eyes towards the European Other and that more than a handful of them were interested in Europe.
7 Bernard Lewis, V.L. Ménage, Ch. Pellat, and J. Schacht (Eds), “Ibn Fadlān,” The Encyclopaedia of Islam, Volume III: H-IRAM ... Richard Frye, Ibn Fadlan's Journey to Russia: A Tenth-Century Traveler from Baghdad to the Volga River ...
Author: Aman Y. Nadhiri
Saracens and Franks in 12th - 15th Century European and Near Eastern Literature examines the tension between two competing discourses in the medieval Muslim Mediterranean and medieval Christian Europe: one rooted in the desire to understand the world and one's place in it, and another promoting an ethnocentric narrative. To this end, it examines the construction of an image of the Other for Muslims in the Eastern Mediterranean and for Christians in Western Europe in works of literature, particularly in the works produced in the centuries preceding the Crusades; and it explores the ways in which both Muslim and Christian writers depicted the Enemy in historical accounts of the Crusades. The author focuses on medieval works of ethnography and geography, travel literature, Muslim and Christian accounts of the Crusades, and the romances of Western Europe to trace the evolution of the image of the Eastern Mediterranean Muslim in medieval Western Europe and the Western European Christian in the medieval Muslim world, first to understand the construct in the respective scholarly communities, and then to analyze the ways in which this conception informs subsequent works of non-fiction and fiction (in the Western European context) in which this Muslim or Christian Other plays a prominent role. In its analysis of the medieval Mediterranean Muslim and European Christian approaches to difference, this book interrogates the premises underlying the concept of the Other, challenging formulations of binary opposition such as the West versus Islam/Muslims.
Sally Abed Water Rituals and the Preservation of Identity in Ibn Fadlan's Risala Introduction and Current Research ... For more on Almish and his kingdom, see Richard N. Frye Ibn Fadlan's Journey to Russia: A Tenth-Century Traveler from ...
Author: Albrecht Classen
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Research on medieval and early modern travel literature has made great progress, which now allows us to take the next step and to analyze the correlations between the individual and space throughout time, which contributed essentially to identity formation in many different settings. The contributors to this volume engage with a variety of pre-modern texts, images, and other documents related to travel and the individual's self-orientation in foreign lands and make an effort to determine the concept of identity within a spatial framework often determined by the meeting of various cultures. Moreover, objects, images and words can also travel and connect people from different worlds through books. The volume thus brings together new scholarship focused on the interrelationship of travel, space, time, and individuality, which also includes, of course, women's movement through the larger world, whether in concrete terms or through proxy travel via readings. Travel here is also examined with respect to craftsmen's activities at various sites, artists' employment for many different projects all over Europe and elsewhere, and in terms of metaphysical experiences (catabasis).
In his 'A Factual Note on Eaters of the Dead', the Afterword which he added to the 1993 edition, Crichton acknowledges his debt to Ibn Fadlan's Journey to Russia, stating that: In the tenth century, an Arab named Ibn Fadlan had ...
Author: Roger Allen
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
This book is devoted to the life and academic legacy of Mustafa Badawi who transformed the study of Modern Arabic Literature in the second half of the 20th century.