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Ring reveals Viking/Islamic contact

An engraved 9th century ring found in a Viking grave in Sweden is revealing contact between Vikings and the Islamic world. Excavators of a Viking trading center in Sweden called Birka recovered the silver ring in the late 1800s. Until now, it was thought that it featured a violet amethyst engraved

Istanbul: Hub for Islamic Art Theft

Looking for some illegally-acquired Islamic Art? Check out the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. Deep within the Bazaar’s labyrinth of streets and alleyways, packed with vendors selling fake Gucci bags and cheap T-shirts, are people who can find, for the right price, prized Islamic artifacts -- as long as there are

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