Ibn Fadlan and the Russiyyah_ and Kings and Merchants

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Summary of Ibn Fadlan and the Russiyyah -Ibn Fadlan was an Arab guy who documented his dealings with tribes and peoples in Inner Asia (far east on our map quiz) -His book is called the Kitab -Normanist – a person who believes in Viking ancestry in Russia. Has sparked much debate amongst scholars. -Rus – The people Fadlan observes in his book - Russiyyah – what Fadlan called the Rus -Slavs – Eastern descent, no Viking (against normanist debate) Summary Fadlan documented the Rus in his book citing many similarities to Vikings. He men- tioned their weapons, their treasure, and remarked that they were very dirty people. He mentions their slave girls that they had sex with constantly. The point is that Fadlan documents many things that coincide with what we have learned about Viking culture, which supports the view that Vikings were apart of Russian ancestry. However, the scholars who wrote this article believe that the Rus were a mix of both Slavic and Viking cultures. Places mentioned – Baghdad, Volga Bulghars, Khazars Summary of Kings and Merchants ++++ This reading is a lot different from the other assigned readings. It is not a primary source and therefore will most likely not have any notable quotes from it. Take it for what
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  • Spring '12
  • AndersWinroth,RobertaFrank
  • Baltic Sea, Kings and Merchants, rare gifts, fairly positive relationship, normal trading fees

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