Naval Raids of the Rus and al-Mas'udi's Image of the World

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The paper presents the reconstruction of methods of great Arab-Islamic scholar al-Mas'udi in his work «The Meadows of Gold…». The comparative analysis of the material on the naval raids of the Rus' in al-Mas'udi's text and the works of other Arab geographers leads the author to the hypothesis that the story of «Russian naval raid» on al-Andalus is nothing more than al-Mas'udi's speculative deduction based on the cartographical image of Europe typical of the Arab science of that period.

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E S Galkina

Moscow State Pedagogical University

Email: galkinaj@mail.ru
Кафедра истории; Московский педагогический государственный университет; Moscow State Pedagogical University

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