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Lost in Translation? Ibn Fadlan and the Great Unwashed

General image14–15 March 2016 - MBI Al Jaber Building, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Ibn Fadlan’s vivid eye-witness report of his mission to the Bulgars on the Middle Volga in 921/2 is probably one of the most widely known and intensively studied of early Arabic texts. Yet the importance of Ibn Fadlan and his mission has yet to receive a full and rounded assessment.

Our two-day interdisciplinary conference will draw on historians, numismatists, textual scholars and archaeologists and will attempt to set Ibn Fadlan’s account within the broader context of tenth-century Europe, the Islamic world and the Eurasian steppes.

Speakers include:

Irina Arzhantseva, Moscow; Jean-Charles Ducène, Paris; Heinrich Härke, Tübingen/Reading; Thórir Jónsson Hraundal, Iceland; Evgeniy Kazakov, Tatarstan Academy of Sciences; Hugh Kennedy, SOAS; Viacheslav Kuleshov, State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg; James Montgomery, Cambridge; Veronika Murasheva, State Historical Museum, Moscow; Leonard Nedashkovsky, Kazan Federal University; Walter Pohl, Vienna; Neil Price, Uppsala; Søren Michael Sindbæk, Aarhus; Ian Wood, Leeds

Please note that you must register to attend. The registration fee of £20 (£10 for students) covers the costs of attending all sessions, coffees and teas and a sandwich lunch on Monday 14 March.

Registration for the conference via the University’s Online Stores has now closed; but for any queries regarding attendance, please contact Jonathan Shepard (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Programme

Abstracts

Speakers' and Chairs' Biographies

Poster

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the: John Fell OUP Research Fund; Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East and Faculty of Oriental Studies; Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research and History Faculty.

 

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