The Tombstone Of Yaḥya Bin Al-Ḥakam, c. 80 AH / 699-700 CE

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Figure (a) original inscription, and (b) its contents.


c. 80 AH / 699-700 CE.

The date is deduced from the fact that Yaḥya b. al-Ḥakam died c. 80 AH / 699-700 CE.


64 cm x 35 cm.


Kufic script.


The translation of the inscription is:

  1. May my Lord have mercy on
  2. Yaḥya b. al-Ḥakam
  3. and forgive him.


Moshe Sharon, who published this inscription, inclines to the view that the person mentioned in this inscription is Yaḥya b. al-Ḥakam, uncle of the Umayyad caliph ʿAbd al-Malik, who was involved in the project of levelling ʿAqabah.


Katzrin, Israel.

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[1] M. Sharon, Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarium Palaestinae, 2004, Volume III, Brill: Leiden, pp. 230-232.

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