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Travelers meet inhabitants of central Eurasia

Leaving Baghdad on June 21, 921, the mission traveled by well-known caravan routes into western Persia (now Iran). Its members then turned north toward the Caucasus region—which lies west of the Caspian Sea—before heading into eastern Europe. The expedition met many peoples along the way: the Oghuz Turks, ancestors of the modern Turkomans that live east of the Caspian Sea; the Petchenegs, a Turkish tribe living along the Ural River; and the Bashkirs, Turks who now live in central Russia. Ibn Fadlan also wrote about the Khazars, a Turkish tribe on the southern end of the Volga River that had converted to Judaism at the beginning of the ninth century. Ibn Fadlan’s accounts of these peoples are among the earliest written, and they provide valuable information about the history of different ethnic groups in central Eurasia.

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