An Umayyad Grafitto From Southern Jordan, 109 AH / 727-728 CE

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Assalamu ʿalaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:



Figure: (a) Original inscription and (b) its content.


Ramaḍān, 109 AH / December 727 - January 728.

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Written in kufic script.


The translation of the inscription is:

  1. In the name
  2. of God, the Merciful,
  3. the Compassionate; O God
  4. accept from ʿAbd al-ʿAlā' bin Saʿīd
  5. his prayer and his fasting, keep him
  6. among his family, and act as his deputy for his ...
  7. and make him virtuous. You have power over all things.
  8. May God grant him peace. And peace be upon him
  9. and mercy of God and His blessings. And
  10. it was written in Ramaḍān
  11. of the year one hundred and nine.


Found in Wadi Shireh close to Jabal Ramm in southern Jordan.

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[1] R. G. Hoyland, "The Content And Context Of Early Arabic Inscriptions", Jerusalem Studies In Arabic And Islam, 1997, Volume 21, pp. 97-100.

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