See on Scoop.itPre-Modern Africa, the Middle East – and Beyond

diana buja‘s insight:

" The Arab I speak of was called Ahmed Ibn-Fozlan (or Fodhlan),
who in one of the first decades of the tenth century A.D. was sent by the
Caliph Al-Moktader (who reigned from. A.D. 907 to 932) as an ambassador
to the King of Bolgaria (Volgaria), on the Volga. Here he came into
contact with the merchants of that nation, whom the Arab writers of the
middle ages called Eussian and by which they understood the people
who in the greater part of Europe were called Northmen, and later
Scandinavians. Ibn-Fozlan employed his sojourn in Bolgaria (among
other things) in obtaining information regarding the so-called Eussian
usages and customs, and writing a manuscript in which these are
described. This manuscript was, in the thirteenth century, incorporated
into an Arabic geographical work by Abdallah Yakut, of which manuscript copies are preserved at Paris, Oxford, Copenhagen, and St Petersburg.

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With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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