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

1st Edition

Thomas S. Noonan

Routledge
Published April 23, 1998
Reference - 352 Pages
ISBN 9780860786573 - CAT# Y283947
Series: Variorum Collected Studies

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Summary

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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