Islamic World, Russia and the Vikings, 750-900: The Numismatic Evidence

Islamic World, Russia and the Vikings, 750-900: The Numismatic Evidence

by Thomas S. Noonan
     
 

Professor Noonan here sets out to examine what Islamic silver coins (dirhams) reveal about the great trade between the Islamic world, European Russia, and the Baltic during the early Viking Age. Particular attention is devoted to the origins of this international commerce and the role of such peoples as the Vikings and Khazars. As he shows, the study of these coins

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Professor Noonan here sets out to examine what Islamic silver coins (dirhams) reveal about the great trade between the Islamic world, European Russia, and the Baltic during the early Viking Age. Particular attention is devoted to the origins of this international commerce and the role of such peoples as the Vikings and Khazars. As he shows, the study of these coins also throws new light on mint output in the ‘Abbasid caliphate, the historical significance of specific dirham hoards, and how the patterns of trade evolved during the course of the ninth century.

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Booknews
Six articles originally published 1981-86 explore the origin and development of commerce by Viking and Rus merchants through European Russia to the markets of Khazaria and the `Abbasid caliphate by analyzing the silver coins known as dirhams that the northerners received in exchange for fur and slaves. The evidence of coins is important to augment the single contemporary Islamic account of the trade, and suggests that the dirhams were treasured more as silver than as coinage. Two essays discuss why Vikings first came to Russia and why they had dirhams, three focus on particular hoards of coins, and one looks at the output of the early `Abbasid mint. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780860786573
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
07/01/1998
Series:
Variorum Collected Studies
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 5.91(h) x 0.94(d)

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