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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.).




Speakers' and Chairs' Biographies


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.