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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780860786573
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Series: Variorum Collected Studies
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 5.91 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgements
I Why the Vikings First Came to Russia
II Why Dirhams First Reached Russia: The Role of Arab-Khazar Relations in the Development of the Earliest Islamic Trade with Eastern Europe
III Ninth-Century Dirham Hoards from European Russia: A Preliminary Analysis
IV The Regional Composition of Ninth-Century Dirham Hoards from European Russia
V A Ninth-Century Dirham Hoard from Devista in Southern Russia
VI Early 'Abbasid Mint Output
Index
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