>>then this one is a second mention. So far I remember Humboldt used in
>> I am not sure but I suspect S & L menas here the Armenian geograph. I
>> will be curious to read more too, indeed.
> 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 Cioc�ltan's "Rom�no-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
> S o r i n