What Can a Viking and an Arab Learn from Each other? The 13th Warrior as Political Psychotherapy

The 13th Warrior is a depiction of a fantasy which is more real than reality. The film is of significance to the modern day audience for it offers an archetypal pattern very different from the usual course of Hollywood. It is a medieval account of Ahmad Ibn Fadlan, a Muslim ethnographer, who after falling in love with a married woman, is exiled from Baghdad into Northern Europe as an ambassador.