Fantasist & Futurist
- Nov 23, 2002
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Thanks again for one of your gems!
It brings to mind Ulfberht swords, which used ore mined from India and presumably was traded west of Iran via the Black Sea, which I believe the Norse had access to by following Russian rivers. That would be one possibility for the Norse and Shia Muslims to directly interact.Still, the weaving does demonstrate extensive routes of trade.
According to my source (that one Prof.) Vikings and Muslims did interact. The latter saw the former as 'big' with a tolerance for hunger and cold -- and an inability to handle thirst or heat.