How far will the academic Islamopandering go? Apparently there is no limit, no matter how ridiculous it gets. This latest outbreak is receiving adoring international publicity, and has been uncritically accepted, such that immediately the Vikings have all become Muslim, and all their exploits are to be attributed to Islam.
The big story here is that the name “Allah” in Kufic Arabic script has been found on tenth-century Viking burial clothes. Here is what is on the garment:
And here is “Allah” in square Kufic script:
Here is another square Kufic “Allah,” with the terminal ha rendered more like the Viking burial image:
So that’s that, right? As Jihad Watch reader David puts it, “So the Islamisation of Scandinavia is a natural, laudable, and above all inevitable process: the Nordic peoples are ‘coming home’ to their ancestral belief in the one, the only True Religion.”
Maybe, but not so fast. In the first place, the square Kufic “Allah” is essentially some straight lines and a square. The Viking burial clothes could have happened upon a similar design by sheer happenstance; the word is not intricate or unusual enough to rule that out. Also, here is the whole image published in the Daily Mail:
Note the swastika at the top of the image (interestingly enough, the BBC cut the swastika out of the image in their story on this). A foreshadowing of the Mufti of Jerusalem and the Nazi/Islamic collaboration of World War II? No. The swastika was an ancient Norse image for the sun. But it was not an Islamic image. So even if the burial clothes do say “Allah,” the Vikings were not Muslim, because if they had been, they wouldn’t be employing the symbols of jahiliyya, the pre-Islamic period of ignorance.
What’s more, look at the bottom of the image. Presumably the symbols there, next to the supposed “Allah,” are just a bit of ornamental design. But there are four crosses in that ornamental design. Just ornamental, or indicative of a Christian influence as well? Wouldn’t a Muslim be careful not to include crosses in the embroidery? If they really are Christian crosses, and there is no way that possibility can be dismissed out of hand, then this is yet more indication that even if the three-lines-a-hook-and-a-square symbol is “Allah” in Arabic, this is more likely to be the burial cloth of a syncretistic, superstitious Viking who wanted to placate all the deities, not of a Muslim.
But that possibility doesn’t fit the modern mania to see the hand of Islam everywhere, so it will not be considered.
Parting question: is the design on the famous Greek diner coffee cup a variant of the square Kufic “Allah”? Are Greek diner owners actually Muslims?
“Were Vikings influenced by ISLAM? Arabic embroidery bearing the name ‘Allah’ is uncovered on 10th Century Norse burial clothes,” by Tim Collins, Mailonline, October 12, 2017:
Burial costumes from Viking boat graves have provided more evidence of contact between Nordic tribes and ancient Islam.
A study of the garments, found in 9th and 10th century graves, has revealed the presence of Arabic script invoking Allah.
The presence of Islamic artefacts at Viking sites was once explained as evidence of looting and trade, but new finds continue to reveal closer links between the cultures.
Researchers believe the latest discovery points to similarities between the Viking and Muslim view of the afterlife….
‘In the Quran, it is written that the inhabitants of Paradise will wear garments of silk, which along with the text band’s inscriptions may explain the widespread occurrence of silk in Viking Age graves.
‘The findings are equally prevalent in both men’s and women’s graves.’
This is not the first time that a Viking artefact with links to Islam has been unearthed.
A ring, made over 1,000 years ago, confirmed contact between the Vikings and the ancient Muslim world.
Unearthed in Sweden in 2015, it bears an ancient Arabic inscription that reads ‘for Allah’ or ‘to Allah’.
Annika Larsson and her colleagues have received a positive response among the academic community.
Oh, I bet they have.