Arabic Inscription On A Dam Built By Caliph Muʿāwiya (Madinah, Saudi Arabia), 40–60 AH / 661–80 CE

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Assalamu ʿalaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:


40–60 AH / 661–80 CE.



The right hand side shows transcription of the inscription. This inscription shows the use of consonantal point for ت. Compare it with another dam inscription from the time of Muʿāwiya.


The translation of the inscription is:

  1. In the name of God the Compassionate the Merciful.
  2. this dam is on behalf of the servant of God
  3. Muʿāwiya commander of the believers.
  4. O God, bless him for it, Lord of
  5. the heavens and the earth.
  6. Abū Raddād client of
  7. ʿAbdallāh ibn ʿAbbās built
  8. it by the power and strength of God,
  9. and Kathīr ibn al-
  10. Ṣalt and Abū Mūsā oversaw it.


Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

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[1] Saʿd b. ʿAbd al-Azīz al-Rashīd, Dirāsāt Fī al-āthār al-Islāmiyya al-Mubakkira bi-l-Madīnat al-Munawwara, 2000, Riyadh: Saudi Arabia, pp. 46–60.

[2] R. Hoyland, "New Documentary Texts And The Early Islamic State", Bulletin Of The School Of Oriental And African Studies, 2006, Volume 69, No. 3, p. 413.

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