A Pre-Islamic Nabateo-Arabic Inscription From Ḥima, 513 CE

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Figure (a) photo of original inscription, and (b) its trace.


408 / 513 CE.

Accession Number

Ḥimà-al-Musammāt PalAr 1.


Not known.


Nabateo-Arabic script.


The translation of the inscription is given below. The Arabic part is in italics:

  1. [Qays ?] son of Khidāsh [in the month of]
  2. al-muʾtamir, 408.


Notice the presence of cross at the bottom of the inscription (also see the presence of cross in the inscription at South Ḥima dated 470 CE).

The date is equivalent to 513 CE, i.e., 408 plus 105, the Bosra era.


Nafūd al-Musammāt, Ḥima, Saudi Arabia.

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[1] C. Robin, A. I. Al-Ghabban, S. F. Al-Saʿīd, "Inscriptions Antiques De La Région De Najrān (Arabie Séoudite Méridionale): Nouveaux Jalons Pour L’histoire De L’écriture, De La Langue Et Du Calendrier Arabes", Comptes Rendus Des Séances De l'Académie Des Inscriptions Et Belles-Lettres, 2014, Volume 3, pp. 1033‒1128, esp. pp. 1122-1123.

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