An Inscription From Ḥisma Plateau Dated 43 AH / 663-664 CE
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Figure (a) photo of original inscription, and (b) its transcription.
43 AH / 663-664 CE.
The translation of the inscription is given below:
- I am Shurayh, mawla of Banī ʿUday bin Kʿab.
- I advise devotion to God and kinship. This was written in the year three and forty.
This is the fifth oldest dated inscription to come from Saudi Arabia. The earlier ones are dated from 23 AH (Muthallath, near Yanbu’), 24 AH (Qāʿ al-Muʿtadil), 29 AH (Wādī Khushayba), and 40 AH (Wādī 'l-Shamiya). This inscription mentions Banī ʿUday bin Kʿab which belong to the tribe of Quraysh.
Hisma Plateau, Tabūk region, N. W. Saudi Arabia.
 ʿAbd Allāh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz al-Saʿīd, Muḥammad Shadīq Khālid al-Bayṭār, Sʿad Sulaymān al-Saʿīd, Aḥmad, Muḥammad al-Dāmagh, Nuqūsh Ḥisma - Kitābāt Min Ṣadr al-Islām Shimāl Gharb Al-Mamlakah, 2018, Al-Majallah Al-Arabiyyah: Riyadh, p. 14.
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