Arabic Graffito From Wādī Sabil, 46 AH / 666 CE

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Assalamu ʿalaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:




46 AH / 666 CE.


Ḥijāzī. The inscription shows a dot below ب in the last line.


The translation of the inscription is:

  1. O Allah
  2. grant pardon to ʿAbda[l]lah bin Dayram
  3. written when four nights had passed of [the month of]
  4. Muharram of the year forty-
  5. six.


This graffito was found in Wādī Sabil during the Philby-Ryckmans-Lippens expedition. The copy was made by Ryckmans, but no photograph was taken.


Wādī Sabil, Saudi Arabia.

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[1] A. Grohmann, Expédition Philby-Ryckmans-Lippens En Arabie - Textes Épigraphiques: Arabic Inscriptions, 1962, Volume II, Publication from Universities of Louvain & Leuven, p. 124. Pl. XXIII.

[2] B. Gruendler, The Development Of The Arabic Scripts: From The Nabatean Era To The First Islamic Century According To The Dated Texts, 1993, Harvard Semitic Series No. 43, Scholars Press: Atlanta (GA), p. 15.

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