An Arabic Inscription From Turkey, 22 AH / 642-3 CE

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22 AH / 642-3 CE.

Size & Script

Not known.


According to Taylor:

From the remains of an inscription on the eastern face, it was built A.D. 643 by a certain Othman: with the exception of the date, no other part of the record was legible.[1]


Although this inscription had generated a lot of discussion but it failed to provide a sustained interested due to lack of a photograph.[2-4]


Batman Su (or Nymphæus), Turkey.

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[1] J. G. Taylor, "Travels In Kurdistan, With Notices Of The Sources Of The Eastern And Western Tigris, And Ancient Ruins In Their Neighbourhood", Journal Of The Royal Geographical Society, 1865, Volume 35, pp. 21-58. The inscription is mentioned on p. 25.

[2] Ét. Combe, J. Sauvaget and G. Wiet, Répertoire Chronologique D'Épigraphie Arabe, 1931, Volume I, Imprimerie De L'Institut Français D'Archéologie Orientale: Le Caire, p. 5, No. 4.

[3] A. Grohmann, Arabische Paläographie II: Das Schriftwesen. Die Lapidarschrift, 1971, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften Philosophisch - Historische Klasse: Denkschriften 94/2. Hermann Böhlaus Nachf.: Wein, p. 71.

[4] H. M. El-Hawary, "The Most Ancient Islamic Monument Known Dated AH 31 (AD 652) From The Time Of The Third Calif ‘Uthman", Journal Of The Royal Asiatic Society, 1930, pp. 323-324.

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