A ring found at Birka on Bjorko Island, Sweden, was inscribed with the word 'Allah' in Arabic. The inscription is said to read something like 'For/To Allah'. Not surprising, one would think, when we have firsthand knowledge of the Vikings trading with the Islamic World of the time. But...when such a thing like this is found the modern 'progressives' jump straight onto the bandwagon to distort the find into something they can use for their work in upholding the 'multicultural society'.
'The owner of the ring was found wearing traditional Scandinavian clothing, but the researchers said it was impossible to determine her ethnicity due to the decomposed state of the bones in the grave.'
What a shame! Ethnicity matters and, of course, the obvious would be that she is Scandinavian. That would not do though, not under the current climate of problems right across Scandinavia, and indeed all over Europe.
And then...up pops Swedish 'researcher' Annika Larsson of Uppsala University, who announced that she had discovered a thousand year-old Viking textile with the word 'Allah' inscribed on its hem. She released this astounding news and major outlets such as the BBC, The Guardian, and the New York Times snapped it up to push it out to the gullible public.
'Sputnik International' screamed - "Muslim Vikings? 'Allah' on ancient burial cloth sparks diversity debate." Note the word 'diversity' coming into the equation.
"A sensational discovery by researchers from Uppsala University threatens to add new fuel to the fire of the discourse about multiculturalism as what has previously been considered typically Viking Age patterns in silver have now proven to be geometric Muslim characters representing 'Allah' and 'Ali'."
Now the wheels really start to turn - 'multiculturalism'; and we are told that this has been 'proven to be', even though no-one seems (at the time) to have consulted any real expert on this subject. But...some time later the Sputnik International ran another headline - "Alas for 'Allah': Muslim Vikings get dismissed as stretch of imagination." Some imagination!
Annick Larsson continued with - 'Presumably Viking Age burial customs were influenced by Islam and the idea of an eternal life in Paradise after death.' Forget the fact that the Vikings believed in Odin and Valhalla! A very different concept than that of an Islamic Paradise which one could enter through subjection to Allah.
The best account of this is on Red Ice TV where the whole thing is debunked; we find that the whole thing was actually funded by the 'Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences', the funds actually coming from a Swedish bank. Now the picture begins to unfold.
When the whole thing started to get debunked through various sources, Larsson replied in typical fashion -
'The negative reactions have come from xenophobes, without any exceptions. It's the Muslim connection that they find particularly disturbing.'
So, anyone who questions her ideas is a 'xenophobe'; is this not typical of the liberal-left type who are always right, and their word cannot be questioned. We go on - 'Among other things Viking Runes and imagery are widely used by the anti-immigration activists and right-wingers, including the controversial Nordic Resistance Movement.' I would imagine that she is worried when you see the size of their marches in Scandinavia.
Stephanie Mulder of the University of Texas at Austin, associate professor studying Islamic art and architecture debunked the claims as 'Fake News'. The story, she says, 'struck a nerve because it could serve as a rebuttal to white supremacists'. She pointed out that the Viking garments were 10th Century, and the earliest Kufic Script of Arabic was dated around 11th - 12th century, and this particular type not until the 15th century. So the earliest dating is some 100 years after the Viking Era. Bit of a problem that! Indeed, she also states that the words do not say 'Allah' or 'Ali' in any case.
This is the piece of garment that is the subject of this 'discovery'; it is a reflection because without this it would not say what she supposes it to say. But, as pointed out on 'Red Ice TV' the outside parts seem to have been added on, since they are outside the rest of the pattern, and they are also in a totally different direction than the rest. And the word 'Allah' would have to have two staves, not three as shown here, this being part of the central (original?) pattern.
Ms Larsson, of course, does not pick up on the pattern having a sunwise and widdershins swastika pattern, the sunwise pattern being seen at the top of the 'mirror-image'. It would also seem that in the past she has made similar 'outlandish' claims. So much for the truth, no wonder our history has been distorted.
Sputnik International, as shown before, retracted their piece, and they even went as far as claiming -
"...the Swedish academia jumped at the idea that Viking funeral customs had been influenced by Islam, a notion that was gladly picked up by the leading Swedish media including newspapers Aftonbladet and Uppsala Nya Tidning as well as Swedish Radio, all of which are generally supporters of multiculturalism."
"Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right."
Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell.
The Vikings are always pictured as primitive savages, but they were a highly-developed people who were not only raiders but traders - and they traded with the Muslim World as well as many other cultures. They came across so many different cultures and no doubt traded their own ware with other stuff from other cultures, which explains the 'Allah' ring. The "Allah' grave goods, in comparison, is another matter. It seems that they are going to do DNA tests, but since these people are a 'chip off the same block' anything they do come up with should be taken with a 'pinch of salt'.
"Who controls the past controls the future -
Who controls the present controls the past."
Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell.