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Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy

Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy

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Aims and Scope

In recent years the Arabian peninsula has emerged as one of the major new frontiers of archaeological research in the Old World. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy is a forum for the publication of studies in the archaeology, epigraphy, numismatics, and early history of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

Both original articles and short communications in English, French, and German are published, ranging in time from prehistory to the Islamic era. In addition, studies touching on different parts of the region and their relations with neighbouring areas such as Africa, the Levant, Mesopotamia, Iran, and the Indus Valley are invited. Studies pertaining more directly to these areas, however, will only be considered if the link to the Arabian peninsula is clear and of central importance.

Contributions concerned with inscriptions from the Arabian peninsula, whether recorded in the field or housed in public and private collections around the world, will also be welcomed. Review articles will appear periodically.

Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy is essential reading for all archaeologists, historians, philologists, and numismatists concerned with the ancient Near East. It is of interest to students of classical antiquity, Egyptology, and south Asian archaeology. We hope that the articles published in this journal will enrich our understanding of Arabia from the period of its earliest human occupation to the Middle Ages, and that existence of a forum for studies on the Arabian peninsula will give added impetus to research in this field.


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Articles (related to the Qur’ân)

 The inscription of Zuhayr, the oldest Islamic inscription (24 AH/AD 644–645), the rise of the Arabic script and the nature of the early Islamic state, Volume 19, Issue 2, November 2008, Pages: 210–237, ‘Ali ibn Ibrahim Ghabban, Translation and concluding remarks by and Robert Hoyland

 Camels and Arabian balîya and other forms of sacrifice: a review of archaeological and literary evidence, Volume 20, Issue 1, May 2009, Pages: 81–93, Geoffrey King

 A rock inscription mentioning Thaʿlaba, an Arab king from Ghassān, Volume 24, Issue 2, November 2013, Pages: 237–256, Uzi Avner, Laïla Nehmé and Christian Robin

 Reflections on the linguistic map of pre-Islamic Arabia, Volume 11, Issue 1, May 2000, Pages: 28–79, M. C. A. MacDonald,

 A discussion of rock carvings in Ra’s al Khaimah Emirate, UAE, and Musandam province, Sultanate of Oman, using local considerations, Volume 22, Issue 2, November 2011, Pages: 166–195, William Lancaster and Fidelity Lancaster

 The notion τὸ πέρας τῆς ἀνακομιδῆς and the location of Ptolemais of the Hunts in the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, Volume 22, Issue 2, November 2011, Pages: 219–231, M.D. Bukharin

 Recently discovered early Christian monuments in Northeastern Arabia, Volume 5, Issue 1, February 1994, Pages: 32–60, John A. Langfeldt

 An Inscribed Amulet from Shabwa, Volume 7, Issue 1, May 1996, Pages: 88–94, Mohammed Maraqten

(Credit Photo: Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia, AFP/File, Hassan Ammar)

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