Jankowiak, M. (2021 forthcoming), 'The Volga Bulgar imitative coinage', in J. Shepard and L. Treadwell (eds), Muslims on the Volga in the Viking Age: Diplomacy and Islam in the World of Ibn Fadlan, London. Jankowiak, M. (forthcoming) ...
Author: Jacek Gruszczyński
That there was an influx of silver dirhams from the Muslim world into eastern and northern Europe in the ninth and tenth centuries is well known, as is the fact that the largest concentration of hoards is on the Baltic island of Gotland. Recent discoveries have shown that dirhams were reaching the British Isles, too. What brought the dirhams to northern Europe in such large numbers? The fur trade has been proposed as one driver for transactions, but the slave trade offers another – complementary – explanation. This volume does not offer a comprehensive delineation of the hoard finds, or a full answer to the question of what brought the silver north. But it highlights the trade in slaves as driving exchanges on a trans-continental scale. By their very nature, the nexuses were complex, mutable and unclear even to contemporaries, and they have eluded modern scholarship. Contributions to this volume shed light on processes and key places: the mints of Central Asia; the chronology of the inflows of dirhams to Rus and northern Europe; the reasons why silver was deposited in the ground and why so much ended up on Gotland; the functioning of networks – perhaps comparable to the twenty-first-century drug trade; slave-trading in the British Isles; and the stimulus and additional networks that the Vikings brought into play. This combination of general surveys, presentations of fresh evidence and regional case studies sets Gotland and the early medieval slave trade in a firmer framework than has been available before.
“Spillings: The Largest Viking Age Silver Hoard in the World,” in A.M. Pettersson (ed.) ... Muslims on the Volga in the Viking Age: Diplomacy and Islam in the world of Ibn Fadlan (London: I.B. Tauris). Skaare, K. 1976.
Author: Bethany Walker
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Social Science
Born from the fields of Islamic art and architectural history, the archaeological study of the Islamic societies is a relatively young discipline. With its roots in the colonial periods of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, its rapid development since the 1980s warrants a reevaluation of where the field stands today. This Handbook represents for the first time a survey of Islamic archaeology on a global scale, describing its disciplinary development and offering candid critiques of the state of the field today in the Central Islamic Lands, the Islamic West, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. The international contributors to the volume address such themes as the timing and process of Islamization, the problems of periodization and regionalism in material culture, cities and countryside, cultural hybridity, cultural and religious diversity, natural resource management, international trade in the later historical periods, and migration. Critical assessments of the ways in which archaeologists today engage with Islamic cultural heritage and local communities closes the volume, highlighting the ethical issues related to studying living cultures and religions. Richly illustrated, with extensive citations, it is the reference work on the debates that drive the field today.
Price, Neil. “De första vikingarna?” Populär Arkeologi 2 (2017): 10–15. Price, Neil. “Vikings on the Volga? Ibn Fadlan and the Rituals of the Rūssiyah.” In Muslims on the Volga in the Viking Age: Diplomacy and Islam in the world of ...
Author: Tom Birkett
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
The Vikings Reimagined explores the changing perception of Norse and Viking cultures across different cultural forms, and the complex legacy of the Vikings in the present day. Bringing together experts in literature, history and heritage engagement, this highly interdisciplinary collection aims to reconsider the impact of the discipline of Old Norse Viking Studies outside the academy and to broaden our understanding of the ways in which the material and textual remains of the Viking Age are given new meanings in the present. The diverse collection draws attention to the many roles that the Vikings play across contemporary culture: from the importance of Viking tourism, to the role of Norse sub-cultures in the formation of local and international identities. Together these collected essays challenge the academy to rethink its engagement with popular reiterations of the Vikings and to reassess the position afforded to ‘reception’ within the discipline.
Readers should look out for the publication of Muslims on the Volga in the Viking Age, edited by Jonathan Shepherd and Luke Treadwell, proceedings of the important Oxford 2016 conference “Ibn Faḍlān and the Great Unwashed.
Author: Ahmad Ibn Fadlan
Publisher: NYU Press
Category: Literary Collections
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.
Muslims on the Volga in the Viking Age: Diplomacy and Islam in the World of Ibn Fadlan. London: I.B. Tauris. Sikorski, D. A. (2012). Początki Kościoła w Polsce. Wybrane problemy. Poznań: Wydawnictwo Poznańskiego Towarzystwa Przyjaciół ...
MUSLIM. DIPLOMAT. MEETS. RŪS. MERCHANTS. ON. THEVOLGA. RIVER. The Vikings appear in many Islamic sources. ... that of Ibn Fadlān, a member of an embassy sent by the caliph of Baghdad to the king of the Bulgars on the Volga River in 921.
Author: Angus A. Somerville
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Who were the Vikings, and do they deserve their unsavoury reputation? Through over 100 primary source documents, this fascinating collection weighs the cultural importance and lasting influence of the Vikings.
THE VIKING AGE (ca 800-1050), generic term for a period when traders, warriors, emigrants and discoverers from southern Scandinavia spread to the coasts of England and France, through Eastern Europe to Constantinople, and westwards to ...
Author: Robert Ferguson
Publisher: Font Forlag AS
THE VIKING AGE (ca 800-1050), generic term for a period when traders, warriors, emigrants and discoverers from southern Scandinavia spread to the coasts of England and France, through Eastern Europe to Constantinople, and westwards to Iceland, Greenland and North America. NORWEGIAN HERITAGE is a series of books about our most important and best-known national icons. The respective titles introduce major personalities from the worlds of art and literature, science and sports, but also the many natural wonders of the country, as well as significant historical periods and cultural expressions. Each book offers an updated introduction to readers who wish to familiarize themselves with a given subject.
See also Stephen W. Reinert, “The Muslim Presence in Constantinople, 9th–15th Centuries: Some Preliminary ... “Rus, Routes and Sites,” in Muslims on the Volga in the Viking Age: Diplomacy and Islam in the World of Ibn Fadlan, ed.
Author: Sophia Menache
For almost sixty years Professor David Jacoby devoted his research to the economic, social and cultural history of the Eastern Mediterranean and this new collection reflects his impact on the study of the interactions between the Italian city-states, Byzantium, the Latin East and the realm of Islam. Contributors to this volume are prominent scholars from across Medieval Studies and leading historians of the younger generation.
Author: Cynthia Clark NorthrupPublish On: 2015-04-10
In the early Viking age, vast quantities of silver flowed from the Muslim caliphate across European Russia to the Baltic ... A medieval trading state in eastern Europe at the confluence of the Volga and Kama Rivers that existed from the ...
Author: Cynthia Clark Northrup
Category: Business & Economics
Written for high school or beginning undergraduate students, this four-volume reference valiantly attempts to provide a historical framework for the perhaps overly broad concept of world trade. Entry topics were selected on trade organizations, influential people, commodities, events that affected trade, trade routes, navigation, religion, communic