An Islamic Inscription From Sadd al-ʿArḍa From First Century Of Hijra
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First Composed: 20th March 2005
Last Modified: 20th March 2005
Assalamu ʿalaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:
Figure: (a) Original inscription and (b) its content.
1st century AH.
Simple rectangular kufic.
The translation of the inscription is:
- Al-Sharik has made this
- dam with the permission with God
- May He encourage the respect to the lands.
This inscription appears to suggest that amelioration of the soil is a work which is pleasing to God.
This graffito was found in Sadd al-ʿArḍa, about 10 kms south-east of Ṭa'if, during the Philby-Ryckmans-Lippens expedition.
Sadd al-ʿArḍa, Saudi Arabia.
 A. Grohmann, Expédition Philby-Ryckmans-Lippens En Arabie - Textes Épigraphiques: Arabic Inscriptions, 1962, Volume II, Publication from Universities of Louvain & Leuven, pp. 94-95. Pl. XIV, Z 152.
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