A Pre-Islamic Nabateo-Arabic Inscription From South Ḥima (North Of Najrān) Dated 470 CE

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


364 / 470 CE.

Accession Number

Ḥimà-Sud PalAr 1.


64 cm x 56 cm.


Nabateo-Arabic script.


The translation of the inscription is given below:

  1. Thawbān (son of) Mālik.
  2. in the month of burak
  3. of the year 364.


Notice the presence of cross above the inscription. It confirms the presence of Christianity in this region during the pre-Islamic era.

The date is equivalent to 470 CE, i.e., 364 plus 105, the Bosra era (adjusted to the month).


South Ḥima, north of Najrān, 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. 1087-1092.

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