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Arab Explorers: Ahmad Ibn Fadlan, Sulaiman Al Mahri, Ahmad Ibn M?jid, Al-Dimashqi, Yaqut Al-Hamawi

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Chapters: Ahmad Ibn Fadlan, Sulaiman Al Mahri, Ahmad Ibn M?jid, Al-Dimashqi, Yaqut Al-Hamawi. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 21. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Ahmad ibn Fadln ibn al-Abbs ibn Rad ibn Hammd (Arabic: ) was a 10th century Arab writer and traveler who wrote an account of his travels as a member of an embassy of the Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad to the king of the Volga Bulgars, the Kitb il Mulk al-Saqliba ( ). His account is most known for providing a description of the Volga Vikings, including an eye-witness account of a ship burial. For a long time, only an incomplete version of the account was known, as transmitted in the geographical dictionary of Yqt (under the headings Atil, Bashgird, Bulghr, Khazar, Khwrizm, Rs), published in 1823 by Fraehn. Only in 1923 was a manuscript discovered by the Turkic scholar of Bashkir origin Zeki Validi Togan in the Astane Quds Museum, Mashhad, Iran/Persia. The manuscript MS 5229 dates from the 13th century (7th cent. Hijra) and consists of 420 pages (210 folia). Besides other geographical treatises, it contains a fuller version of Ibn Fadlan's text (pp. 390420). Additional passages not preserved in MS 5229 are quoted in the work of the 16th century Persian geographer Amn Rz called Haft Iqlm ( Seven Climes ). Ibn Fadlan was sent from Baghdad in 921 to serve as the secretary to an ambassador from the Abbasid Caliph al-Muqtadir to the iltabar (vassal-king under the Khazars) of the Volga Bulgaria, Alm. The embassy's objective was to have the king of the Bolars pay homage to Caliph al-Muqtadir and, in return, to give the king money to pay for the construction of a fortress. Although they reached Bolar, the mission failed because they were unable to collect the money intended for the king. Annoyed at not receiving the promised sum, the ki...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=8982

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