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Ibn Faḍlān
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Aḥmad b. Faḍlān b. al-ʿAbbās b. Rāshid b. Ḥammād, known as Ibn Faḍlān, wrote a travelogue recounting his personal experiences as a representative of the ʿAbbāsid caliph al-Muqtadir (r. 295–320/908–32) during the embassy sent to the Turkic king of the Bulghār, also referred to as the king of the Ṣaqāliba, which left Baghdad on 12 Ṣafar 309/22 June 921.

1. Life

Apart from what can be gleaned from his travelogue, nothing appears to survive on the life of Ibn Faḍlā…

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Zadeh, Travis, “Ibn Faḍlān”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 19 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_30766>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 9789004335721, 2017, 2017-3

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