Why did Vikings have “Allah” embroidered into funeral clothes?

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41567391

Researchers in Sweden have found Arabic characters woven into burial costumes from Viking boat graves. The discovery raises new questions about the influence of Islam in Scandinavia, writes journalist Tharik Hussain.

They were kept in storage for more than 100 years, dismissed as typical examples of Viking Age funeral clothes.

But a new investigation into the garments – found in 9th and 10th Century graves – has thrown up groundbreaking insights into contact between the Viking and Muslim worlds.

Patterns woven with silk and silver thread have been found to spell the words “Allah” and “Ali”.

The breakthrough was made by textile archaeologist Annika Larsson of Uppsala University while re-examining the remnants of burial costumes from male and female boat and chamber graves originally excavated in Birka and Gamla Uppsala in Sweden in the late 19th and mid-20th centuries.

She became interested in the forgotten fragments after realising the material had come from central Asia, Persia and China.

Larsson says the tiny geometric designs – no more than 1.5cm (0.6in) high – resembled nothing she had come across in Scandinavia before.

“I couldn’t quite make sense of them and then I remembered where I had seen similar designs – in Spain, on Moorish textiles.”

Larsson then realised she was not looking at Viking patterns at all but ancient Arabic Kufic script.

There were two words that kept recurring. One of them she identified with the help of an Iranian colleague. It was the name “Ali” – the fourth caliph of Islam.

But the word next to Ali was more difficult to decipher.

To unlock the puzzle, she enlarged the letters and examined them from all angles, including from behind.

“I suddenly saw that the word ‘Allah’ [God] had been written in mirrored lettering,” she says.

Larsson has so far found the names on at least 10 of the nearly 100 pieces she is working through, and they always appear together.

The new find now raises fascinating questions about the grave’s occupants.

“The possibility that some of those in the graves were Muslim cannot be completely ruled out,” she says.

“We know from other Viking tomb excavations that DNA analysis has shown some of the people buried in them originated from places like Persia, where Islam was very dominant.

“However, it is more likely these findings show that Viking age burial customs were influenced by Islamic ideas such as eternal life in paradise after death.”

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if legit..then i have no idea..

“I couldn’t quite make sense of them and then I remembered where I had seen similar designs – in Spain, on Moorish textiles.” Larsson then realised she was not looking at Viking patterns at all but ancient Arabic Kufic script.”

but it could be nothing:

“The possibility that some of those in the graves were Muslim cannot be completely ruled out,” she says.”

this is more likely..

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10 Responses to “Why did Vikings have “Allah” embroidered into funeral clothes?”

  1. Well two thoughts come to mind which probably the good academic would never think: First of all, if true, we now have a new association between the group most associated with rapine and pillage in the European mind. Could there be a link there? I mean, even today, they haven’t really stopped the practice.

    Second, is trade not the likeliest explanation for this? Or mere conquest? I’ve read that Islam was quite active in its search for slaves in Scandinavia at the time.

    Interesting find.

    • good points..trade is a very plausible explanation..i might go with that!

    • “we now have a new association between the group most associated with rapine and pillage in the European mind.”

      A decline in the minds of people does spur them to reach out for a solution. There had been a problem, but the solution had been offered in the gospel of Jesus Christ in Europe at one point in time. Generally, no longer is the gospel being offered in Europe, therefore another solution that had been at the door of Europe for centuries is now being encouraged even by some in Europe. On top of that is the Unholy practical living, i.e. homosexuality (the rainbow cult; Materialist), are undoubtedly spurring some all the more to reach out for a solution found in either Racist/Materialists or Islam. Those latter two seem to be what corrupt leaders are offering and pushing as their agenda. Either way, they are utopian zealots looking for a heaven on earth, which cannot happen in a fallen, sinful world.

  2. In the Greek text, “666” is represented by Greek letters that also have numerical values, specifically: Chi Xi Stigma, or “Six-hundred, three-score and six”.

    http://www.hope-of-israel.org/beastmark.html

  3. Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

  4. Nice share.
    I wrote a bit on the same topic please check it out. https://alinazeer.com/islamic-calligraphy-viking-heritage/

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