Were Vikings Muslims? Swedish researchers find ‘Allah’ sewn into burial clothes
A research team in Sweden discovered that Vikings had the world “Allah” embroidered into their funeral clothes, a BBC report said on Thursday.
The findings raising questions about the ties between the Islamic world and the Viking-era Scandinavians, which could suggest that some Vikings were Muslim.
Arabic letters spelling the words “Allah” and “Ali” in silk were found on the burial costumes from Viking boat graves that had been kept in storage for over a century.
Textile archaeologist Annika Larsson of Uppsala University who revisit garments that were dug up in Birka and Gamla Uppsala in Sweden in the late 19th and mid-20th centuries made the discovery.