History Stories
Why Are These Viking Burial Clothes Inscribed with Arabic Script?
October 12, 2017

The Islamic world may have had a bigger influence on the Vikings than previously thought. Read More

Why Arab Scholar Ibn Battuta is the Greatest Explorer of all Time
July 20, 2017

In the 14th century, the Moroccan wanderer Ibn Battuta spent nearly 30 years traveling some 75,000 miles across Africa, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia. Read More

In Mosul, Archaeologists Find Hidden Palace Under Shrine Destroyed by ISIS
March 7, 2017

Beneath the ruins of a sacred tomb demolished by ISIS, archaeologists in the Iraqi city of Mosul have uncovered a buried palace built for an ancient Assyrian king. Read More

Islamic Ring Found in 9th-Century Viking Grave
March 20, 2015

Discovered more than a century ago in a Swedish grave, a ring bearing an Arabic inscription confirms contact between the Vikings and the Islamic world. Read More