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Yasir Suleiman and Adel Al-Abdul Jader

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748637386

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637386.001.0001

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Vikings and Rus in Arabic Sources⋆

Vikings and Rus in Arabic Sources⋆

(p.151) 10. Vikings and Rus in Arabic Sources
Living Islamic History

James E. Montgomery

Edinburgh University Press

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

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