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Vikings and Rus in Arabic Sources<sup>⋆</sup>

James E. Montgomery

in Living Islamic History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780748637386
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653218 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637386.003.0010
Vikings and Rus in Arabic Sources⋆

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This chapter examines the slippery nature of textual evidence and the importance of avoiding precise generalisations on the basis of meagre and inconclusive material. Reflecting on his own work on the Vikings and Rus in Arabic sources, its author aims to emphasise the importance of keeping an open mind when dealing with textual evidence. The chapter focuses on the issues of philological essentialism or nomen est omen; the Peace of Kallias and the Radhaniya; Odin’s death-cult; and the ‘Varangian’ guard of the Khazars.

Keywords: textual evidence; Vikings; Arabic sources; philological essentialism; Peace of Kallias; Radhaniya; Odin’s death-cult; Varangian guard

Chapter.  7126 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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