Re: The Vlach Connection

From: S & L
Message: 37617
Date: 2005-05-05

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From: "alex" <alxmoeller@...>
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Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2005 7:19 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] RE:Re: The Vlach Connection
> george knysh wrote:
> > --- S & L <mbusines@...> wrote:
> >> The WALADJ [i.e. Valahi] people are somewhere at N
> >> of Danube river at least
> >> in 966 [see the tenth-century geographer
> >> Al-Maqdisi's testimony].
> >
> > *****GK: It's probably not very long (?) Could you
> > cite it and explain the context of its
> > appearance?*****
> I am not sure but I suspect S & L menas here the Armenian geograph. I
> will be curious to read more too, indeed.
> Alex
I do not know if he was Armenian or not; his full name is Mutahhar ibn Tahir
al-Maqdisi [or al-Muqaddasi; i.e. "the native or inhabitant of the Holy
City"?] and he was the author of the "Book of the Creation and History"
[i.e. "Kitab al-bad'wal-tarikh"; a summary of the knowledge of his day based
on Muslim, Iranian and Jewish sources] written in 966. Here Al-Maqdisi
speaks about the WALADJ people who are living somewhere at N of Danube
river, near the Petchenegs.
The whole discussion about Waladj=Valahi is to be found in Aurel Decei &
Virgil Ciocâltan's "Româno-arabica", edited by M. Anghelescu, Bucuresti,
1974, at pages 49-54.
Alexandru Madgearu [in his book quoted allredy] says that this is the first
mention of the Valahs at N of Danube river in the written sources.

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