IBN FADLAN AND THE LAND OF DARKNESS PDF

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.

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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. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1, titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. It is a fascinating book, with a nugget of curious information on each page, adding up to a picture that turns preconceptions on their head.

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Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness

It was a piece of moderately unthinking Orientalism, and yet it also left me with an indefinable sense that there was something special and rare about these texts. The history of engagement with non-Judeo-Christian cultures has been sketchy at best. It was as if they had published the Bible, but in a version that started with Acts and ended with Ezekiel, and missed out the repetitive bits of 1 and 2 Chronicles. That land is northern Europe. It is a fascinating book, with a nugget of curious information on each page, adding up to a picture of that turns preconceptions on their head.

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For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1, titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. But I can't help but wonder how much of this was made up by some person in a dark basement in Europe a hundred years ago.

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