Votes No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post. Figure 1. In his Rihla travel narrative , Ibn Fadlan, who in the tenth century, accompanied a mission from the Caliph al-Muktadir to the Volga Bulgars, describes his experiences and the people and places he visited; the Khazzars, and the manners and customs of the Rus. His particular role on that journey was to read out the letter from the Caliph to the king, to present him with gifts.
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Votes No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post. Figure 1. In his Rihla travel narrative , Ibn Fadlan, who in the tenth century, accompanied a mission from the Caliph al-Muktadir to the Volga Bulgars, describes his experiences and the people and places he visited; the Khazzars, and the manners and customs of the Rus.
His particular role on that journey was to read out the letter from the Caliph to the king, to present him with gifts. The Embassy had left Baghdad in June The journey and the description of the various tribes encountered by the embassy are vividly described by Ibn Fadlan. Ibn Fadlan describes very extensively the populations that live in the region, their trades, manners, clothing, diets, living, and also their customs, such as leaving a sick man alone in the tent with bread and water only, approached by none, waiting for him to either die or recover on his own.
He also describes religious and other practices, such as the burning of a dead lord on a boat, and alongside him his female slaves. He was waiting for the call for late night prayers, talking to a tailor from Baghdad for just half an hour, when he heard the call for prayers, and came out to find that it was morning.
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Perception of the Vikings from Ibn Fadlan's glance in al-Risala
Ahmad ibn Fadlan, a Muslim diplomat and secretary to an ambassador for the Caliph of Baghdad, was sent in to the Khaganate of Bulgars along the Middle Volga. His account of his travels with the embassy, The Risala , describes his confrontation with a people called the Rus or Varangians, who were traders and marauders of Swedish origin and Viking ideals. Each man has an axe, a sword, and a knife and keeps each by him at all times. In , Ibn Fadlan recorded sacrifices and mortuary customs among the Rus.
Risala: Ibn Fadlan's Account of the Rus
Votes No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post. Ibn Fadhlan's travel account was the source of inspiration to many fictional narratives in Western literature and art, such as the the well known novel Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton, filmed as The 13th Warrior directed in by John McTiernan, and the film Beowulf, released in November One of the earliest detailed descriptions of the Vikings is reported in the account Ibn Fadhlan wrote after his travels in Northern Europe. The mission itself was something of a bust. But while there, Ibn Fadhlan recorded his encounter with a band of traders from the North,.