Ahmad ibn Fadlan

900 - 960

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Aḥmad ibn Faḍlān ibn al-ʿAbbās ibn Rāšid ibn Ḥammād, (Arabic: أحمد بن فضلان بن العباس بن راشد بن حماد‎; c. 879–960) commonly known as Ahmad ibn Fadlan, was a 10th-century Arab Muslim traveler, famous for his account of his travels as a member of an embassy of the Abbasid caliph, al-Muqtadir of Baghdad, to the king of the Volga Bulgars, known as his risāla ("account" or "journal").His account is most notable for providing a detailed description of the Volga Vikings, including eyewitness accounts of life as part of a trade caravan and witnessing a ship burial.Ibn Fadlan's detailed writings have been cited by numerous historians. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ahmad ibn Fadlan has received more than 787,513 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia. Ahmad ibn Fadlan is the 613th most popular writer (down from 389th in 2019), the 48th most popular biography from Iraq (down from 31st in 2019) and the 5th most popular Iraqi Writer.

Ahmad ibn Fadlan is most famous for being a Muslim diplomat and explorer who traveled to the Volga River in 921 AD.

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Among writers, Ahmad ibn Fadlan ranks 613 out of 5,794Before him are Alessandro Manzoni, Edmond Rostand, Klaus Mann, Miguel Ángel Asturias, Alfred Döblin, and Osip Mandelstam. After him are Patricia Highsmith, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Dietrich Eckart, Antoine François Prévost, Luis Sepúlveda, and Louise Hay.

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Among people born in 900, Ahmad ibn Fadlan ranks 11Before him are Photios I of Constantinople, Pope Lando, Pope Benedict VI, Pope Agapetus II, Pope Stephen VIII, and Pope Leo VII. After him are Robert the Strong, Berengar II of Italy, Pope Leo VIII, Guy III of Spoleto, Zoe Karbonopsina, and Ohthere of Hålogaland. Among people deceased in 960, Ahmad ibn Fadlan ranks 1After him are Časlav, Fulk II, Count of Anjou, and Abū Ja'far al-Khāzin.

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In Iraq

Among people born in Iraq, Ahmad ibn Fadlan ranks 48 out of 300Before him are Faisal II of Iraq (1935), Al-Ash'ari (873), Al-Jahiz (775), Ashurnasirpal II (-1000), Tiglath-Pileser I (-1200), and Al-Mutawakkil (822). After him are Al-Musta'sim (1213), Šuppiluliuma I (-1344), Ali Hassan al-Majid (1941), Hasan al-Askari (846), Berossus (-400), and Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr (1914).

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Among WRITERS In Iraq

Among writers born in Iraq, Ahmad ibn Fadlan ranks 5Before him are Ahmad ibn Hanbal (780), Fuzûlî (1494), Al-Masudi (896), and Enheduanna (-2300). After him are Berossus (-400), Ibn al-Jawzi (1116), Al-Mutanabbi (915), Ibn Khallikan (1211), Ibn al-Nadim (1000), Ibn Sirin (653), and Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad al-Farahidi (718).