Notes on the language of the Hismaic Inscriptions and a re-reading of Line 1 of the Madaba Hismaic Inscription

Ahmad Al-Jallad*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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One of the longest Hismaic inscriptions yet discovered comes from the region of Madaba, Jordan. It was published first in an Arabic article by Khraysheh in 2000 and was re-edited by Graf and Zwettler four years later. Both editions remark on the striking similarity in language and style between this text and Classical Arabic. Indeed, this inscription and a closely related text from Uraynibah West, also published by Graf and Zwettler in the same article, are among the best witnesses to the Arabic of this region during the Nabataean period. This article will offer a few remarks on the language of the Hismaic inscriptions and then provide a new reading of line 4 of the Madaba inscription, which had previously evaded satisfactory interpretation.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)561-569
Aantal pagina's9
TijdschriftJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
StatusPublished - jul-2020
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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