Ahmad ibn Fadlan "ibn-al-Abbas" was a 10th Century Muslim writer and traveler who was an ambassador from the Abbasid Caliph Of Baghdad for the Volga Bulgars (Rus) by the Black Sea and the Caspian. He is the ancestor of Samirah al-Abbas and Amir Fadlan.
Ibn Fadlan was sent from Baghdad in 921 to serve as the secretary to an embassy from the Abbasid Caliph al-Muqtadir to the Volga Vikings.
On 21 June 921, he set a diplomatic party led by Susan al-Rassi. The purpose of their mission was to explain Islamic law to the recently converted Volga Viking peoples living on the eastern bank of the Volga River in what is now Russia.
While in Jotunheim, the night before invading the giant's fortress, Sam tells Magnus her interconnection with the Vikings and the Muslims, which was the whole cause of her family's encounters with the Norse gods and supernatural beings. She also talks about how Magnus' ancestors meet with Ibn Fadlan in Russia, and their sharing of stories and tales.
When at The Thinking Cup, Sam tells Magnus her ancestor encountered Norse Gods and learned of the Nine worlds.
- Ibn Fadlan's travel account was the source of inspiration to many fictional narratives in Western literature and art, such as the the well known novel Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton, filmed as The 13th Warrior directed in 1999 by John McTiernan, and the film Beowulf, released in November 2007.
- Amir's Fadlan's Falafel, is named after Idn Fadlan.