NOW THEY CAN CLAIM SWEDEN AS THEIR OWN – What was once a part of the House of Islam has to return to the House of Islam:

Fascinating new research has suggested Vikings could have been Muslim after archaeologists found the word ‘Allah’ woven into their burial clothes. An investigation into funeral clothes which dates back to the ninth and 10th centuries have shed some new light on the relationship between the two worlds. Experts found that patterns woven into garments excavated in Sweden spell the words ‘Allah’ and ‘Ali’, with the discovery raising questions about the influence of Islam on Scandinavia. Textile archaeologist Annika Larsson of Uppsala University told the BBC the material came from central Asia, Persia and China. She said tiny geometric designs on the clothes were not Scandinavian patterns at all but instead ancient Arabic Kufic script.

Maybe “The 13th Warrior” was not a work of fiction.

Maybe a Muslim trader made it all the way north and died there.

Maybe a Viking journeyed beyond Byzantium, converted, and came back home.

Most likely a local was buried in a piece cloth traded from all the way down south, the same way other Vikings are buried with coins from all over the western Eurasia.

But Vikings being Muslim? Thor would have something to say about that.

I remember reading emails endlessly forwarded among Western Muslims, which excitably claimed that Muslims discovered America, because Christopher Columbus wrote that when he got to the island he named Hispaniola he already found “mosques” there. In reality, “mosques” were what the people of the Iberian peninsula, so fresh from the Reconquista, called all non-Christian temples, whether real Islamic mosques or in this case Amerindian native temples. One of the valuable lessons of history is not to get too ahead of oneself while armed with only a very superficial historical knowledge.