Ibn-Fadlan Risala ca. AD. This is a Book of Ahmad Ibn-Fadlan ibn-al-‘ Abbas ibn-Rashid ibn-Hammad, a servant [1] of Muhammad ibn-Sulaiman, the. It was such trading raiders from the Rus that Ibn Fadlan met along the Ahmad Ibn Fadlan chronicled the voyage of an embassy sent from. Ahmad Ibn Fadlan met with the Vikings in Volga Bulgaria. His chronicle called Risala includes detailed information and observations about them. The travel.

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You see their houses once in one place, then the same houses in another place, as do the nomads in their coaching; and here they are in a pitiful position. Bury or burn the dead: So, she died while in his possession.

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Actually, the real Beowulf set out for Hrothgar’s hall with a party totalling 15 men — himself ivn fourteen men in the war-band, none of whom was an Arab, and definitely not Ibn Fadlan: For the full text and commentary of Ibn Fadlan’s account of the Rus, please see:.

I saw, as Turks said, that of them he is the most dexterous equestrian.

Every day the slave-girl arrives in the morning with a large basin containing water, which she hands to her owner. He laughed and said: Really, favlan one man by the name Talut accepted Islam under my supervision.

When he needs to answer a call of nature, he uses a basin. The cloth of these lands and localities is famous, especially that of their capital, which is called Kyawh. They string them as necklaces for their women. I asked the interpreter what she had done. He calls to me, so bring me to him. I saw Ruses when they arrived on their trading affairs and landed at the River Atil.

Risala: Ibn Fadlan’s Account of the Rus

Ibn Fadlan would still have felt the basin contaminated by previous use. And all houses are covered with parchaembroidered by gold. Then he said to the translator: And he is a beardless boy. Each of them has a slave-girl who waits on him, washes his head and prepares his food and drink, and another with whom he has coitus.


The translator continuously translated word for word. The movie uses it twice, once during the chieftain’s funeral, and again towards the end of the movie in the mouths of the warriors. If you want to look at his bones and his head I shall set out with you for you to look at them”.

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And if a person who has she-slaves and slaves falls ill, they serve him, and nobody of his members of household would come nearer to him. In the manuscript are very interesting variations to Ibn-Fadlan. It has a tall minaret and a few muezzins. Hundred of them dirhams are equal to one dirham of silver. It is a fact that appearance is the fadlxn thing which draws the attention of a person about the other. For instance, he rizala that the Vikings all washed from a common bowl, and that it was typical for them to blow their noses and spit into the same fxdlan in which they would wash their hands and faces.

One man will copulate with his slave-girl and his companions look on. Arab Travellers in the Far Northtrans. I’ve seen people complaining about the “Celt in the Crew” but really the only point of complaint is in the fact that he’s wearing a Scottish kilt — which were not developed until much lateraround the 17th century.

Their buildings rissala only from wood, namely, they set logs atop ibj and rivet them together with dowels of same wood, very strong. They cannot, of course, avoid washing their faces and their heads each day, which they do with the filthiest and most polluted water imaginable.

When they gathered, he said to the Turk: When one of them falls ill, they set up a tent away from them and throw him into it, giving him some bread and water. And he Ibn-Fadlan said: For instance, he adopted a somewhat skeptical tone when discussing reputed sightings of Gog and Magog, beastly creatures faddlan in the biblical book of Revelation and associated with the end of the world. But perhaps the most memorable passages in the Risala, his account of his journeys, concern the Varangians, a group of Vikings known by a term that would eventually become the name of the surrounding country itself: He also describes in great detail the funeral of one of their fadlam a ship burial involving rape and human sacrifice.


The population of it is called al-Kardalia Kardalians.

Lo, there is my master, who is sitting in Paradise. I have greater rights on a share of him than his father, until he becomes a man; if their man dies, his brother inherits him ahead of his son. Through military might, combined with their fervent belief in Islam, the soldiers of the Umayyad caliphate had extended Arab influence from Spain to India; and though the Abbasids proved less aggressive militarily, they were nonetheless eager missionaries for the Muslim faith.

The tattooed Celt, Skeld the Superstitious is a reasonable addition to this Viking crew.

Ahmad ibn Fadlan

Then the people came up with tinder and other fire wood, each holding a piece of wood of which he had set ibm to an end and which he put into the pile of wood beneath the ship. Meanwhile, the slave-girl who wished to be killed was coming and going, entering one pavilion after another.

These four hundred men sit about the king’s throne, which is immense and encrusted with fine precious stones.