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Author Ibn Faḍlān, Aḥmad, active 922, author.

Title Mission to the Volga / by Ahmad ibn Fadlan ; translated by James E. Montgomery ; foreword by Tim Severin ; volume editors, Philip F. Kennedy, Shawkat M. Tooraw
Published New York : New York University Press, 2017


Description 1 online resource
Series Library of Arabic Literature
Library of Arabic literature.
Contents Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Letter from the General Editor; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Notes to the Introduction; Map: Ibn Faḍlānʼs Route to the Volga; Mission to the Volga; Baghdad; Bukhara; Khwārazm; Al-Jurjāniyyah; The Ghuzziyyah; The Bajanāk; The Bāshghird; The Bulghārs; The Rūsiyyah; The Khazars; Yāqūt's Quotations from the Book of Ibn Faḍlān; Ibn Faḍlān's Logbook: An Imagined Reconstruction; Notes; Glossary of Names and Terms; Bibliography; Further Reading; Index; About the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute; About the Translator
Summary The earliest surviving instance of sustained first-person travel narrative in ArabicMission to the Volga is 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Translated from the Arabic
Print version record
Subject Bulgars (Turkic people) -- Russia (Federation) -- Volga River Region -- History
Ibn Faḍlān, Aḥmad, active 922 -- Travel -- Asia, Central
TRAVEL -- Europe -- General.
Bulgars (Turkic people)
Tatarstan (Russia) -- Description and travel
Volga River Region (Russia) -- History.
Central Asia
Russia (Federation) -- Tatarstan
Russia (Federation) -- Volga River Region
Genre/Form Travel writing
Travel writing.
Récits de voyages.
Form Electronic book
Author Montgomery, James E. (James Edward), 1962- translator.
Kennedy, Philip F., editor
Tooraw, Shawkat M., editor
Severin, Timothy, writer of foreword
ISBN 9781479826698
Other Titles Kitāb ilá malik al-Ṣaqālibah. English