While the Vikings are perhaps best known for accumulating wealth by plunder, tribute, and conquest, they were also skilled and successful traders.The Vikings developed several trading centres both in Scandinavia and abroad as well as a series of long-distance trading routes during the Viking Age (c. 8th Century AD to 11th Century AD). When people typically think about interactions the vikings had with non-vikings, they think of what Christian monks wrote about the "godless" heathens and their spiky "horned hats" (vikings didn't wear horned hats). Historical sources tell us that a fleet of Viking ships raided the Carolingian Empire (800-888) after sailing along the coasts of Bay of Biscay in Northern Spain. The Viking and Muslim interactions between the 9th and 12th centuries have been pushed to the margins of modern histories. Hot However, this is another proof of how huge and impressive the Abassid Caliphate must have been. The Vikings are said to have created a base there, though the location of the base is still a mystery. July 23, 2016, 5:24 pm. Two weeks ago, Swedish researcher Annika Larsson of Upssala University announced that she had discovered a thousand year-old Viking textile with ‘Allah’ inscribed on its hem. Figure 1. The world of the Vikings is brought to life through the journey of Ragnar Lodbrok, the first Viking to emerge from Norse legend, and his family members. The discovery was made by archaeologist Annika Larsson of Uppsala University. Interaction with Vikings. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. The discovery raises new questions about the historic place of Islam in Scandinavia. Ancient texts tell of encounters between Viking Age Scandavia and the Islamic world, but material evidence supporting the interaction of these two civilizations is rare. Anyone who slaughters an animal by way of sacrifice has a palisade (or pole) outside his house door and hangs the sacrificed animal there, whether it be ox or ram, he-goat or boar, so that people may know that he makes sacrifice in honor of his god. The trade between the Rus and the lands south of the Black and Caspian seas made it possible for cultural interactions to take place between the Rus and the Islamic World. Even those who had converted to Islam aspired to it and were very fond of pork.” These Viking Muslim communities would become known for supplying cheese to Spanish cities including Cordoba and Seville. Sumaya El-Zaher Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. An engraved ring has suggested evidence of close contact between Viking Age Scandinavians and the Islamic world, more than a century after it was discovered. The inscription is translated as “for/to Allah”. In December 2014, Science News reported on the latest research and analysis concerning “290 annular glass beads ranging from dark blue to green, white and yellow.” The word on the ring reads “il-La-La” which means “for” or “to Allah.” Though the attire of the woman in the grave seems to be traditionally Scandinavian, her decomposed body made it hard for archaeologists to determine her ethnicity. The Vikings were renowned for sailing the world and covering large distances on both land and sea. The trade, battles and many other interactions between Muslims and Vikings is reported to have been so intertwined that such discovered artefacts from their day to day lifestyle – whether Vikings converted to Islam or not – should be perceived as commonplace. June 9, 2018, 12:31 pm, by Ibn Fadlan’s describes the Rus as ‘perfect physical specimens, tall as date palms, blond and ruddy’. Similarly to Muslim merchants throughout history, Vikings were interested in trading and collecting commodities such as silver, furs, honey, leather, ivory and fish. February 14, 2018, 5:40 pm, by But new evidence suggests these interactions were greater than previously thought. Khalid El Jafoufi These 6 Sudano-Sahelian Mosques in Africa Are Astonishing! In Seville, the Vikings looted and captured prisoners to be sold off as slaves. ‘Majus’ is another word for fireworshipers and in this instance the Vikings. I'm following the series " Vikings" and the whole Lothbrok saga and their curiosity for the world at that time. The inscription is translated as “for/to Allah”. There is a period, as Salim T. S. Al-Hassani notes, of 1,000 years missing from Western educational systems. As the Vikings set about their business, they come across a mosque in which Muslims are praying. The Vikings & The Islamic World: Volume 1 (The Vikings and The Islamic World Series) eBook: Hussain, Farhat A.: Amazon.in: Kindle Store As the Washington Post notes, the researchers discovered that the stone in the ring is actually colored glass – at the time an exotic material for the Vikings, though it had been made for thousands of years in the Middle East and North Africa. Afifa Thabet The Vikings had extensive contact with the Muslim world, as they traveled widely on their raids and expeditions. He also stated they are “the filthiest of all Allah’s creatures… They do not purify themselves after excreting or urinating or wash themselves when in a state of ritual impurity after coitus and do not even wash their hands after food.”, A century later, Al-Tartushi, a merchant from Cordoba, described a Danish market town. The conversion of Vikings to Islam is a topic touched upon by the 16th century Muslim geographer, Amin Razi, who stated that: “… [The Vikings] highly valued pork. Bronze vessels, Cufic coins, costumes and costume accessories, as well as glass vessels, beads, balances and weights found mostly in Sweden are proof of contact with the Arab world. The fourth Emir of Cordoba, Abd al-Rahman II, sent al-Gazal to the king of the ‘Majus’. Nurettin Topçu: A philosopher of morality and action, Enderun Mektebi: The Palace School of the Ottoman Empire, Jabir Ibn Hayyan is the Father of Modern Chemistry – And Here’s What He Taught the World, One of the Most Beautiful Mosques Is Located in Uzbekistan’s Blue City, Samarkand.