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Viking burial clothes woven with 'Allah' unveiled by Swedish university

Uppsala University researchers find Arabic characters in Viking age clothes, bucking theories that Islamic objects in Viking graves are result of plunder

A Swedish university has discovered Arabic characters for “Allah” and “Ali” woven into Viking burial clothes for the first time. Researchers at Uppsala University describe the finding of the geometric Kufic characters in silver on woven bands of silk as “staggering”.

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