Thursday, March 22, 2007

Afanasii Nikitin: The Account of a Russian Convert to Islam in 1468

For a fascinating read of a Russian trader whose travels took him all over parts of the then Ottoman Empire and his encounters with Islam view the following:

His account is certainly one of the earliest I have read. It caused me to reflect on the various ways that Islam was spread and how individuals lives interface then and now in very pragmatic ways. There are times that one cannot tell whether he converted to facilitate his business endeavors or if his heart genuinely was inspired by Islam. See for yourself and tell me what you think?

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