Inscriptional Evidence of Pre-Islamic Classical Arabic

Inscriptional Evidence of Pre-Islamic Classical Arabic

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This book discusses a highly-debated research topic regarding the history of the Arabic language. It investigates exhaustively the ancient roots of Classical Arabic through detailed tracings and readings of selected ancient inscriptions from the Northern and Southern Arabian Peninsula. Specifically, this book provides detailed readings of important Nabataean, Musnad, and Akkadian inscriptions, including the Namarah inscription and the Epic of Gilgamesh. In his book, the author, a known Arabic type designer and independent scholar, provides clear indisputable transcriptional material evidence indicating Classical Arabic was utilized in major population centers of the greater Arabian Peninsula, many centuries before Islam. He presents for the first time a new clear reading of Classical Arabic poetry verses written in the Nabataean script and dated to the first century CE. Furthermore, he offers for the first time a clear detailed Classical Arabic reading of a sample text from two ancient editions of the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, separated by more than1000 years. Throughout his readings, the author provides verifiable evidence from major historical Arabic etymological dictionaries, dated many centuries ago. The abundant of in-depth analysis, images, and detailed original tables in this book makes it a very suitable reference for both scholars and students in academic and research institutions, and for independent learners.The Yale Tablet was acquired around the same time by the Yale University. The Pennsylvania Taba€” let is considered the second of the older editiona#39;s 10-12 tablets. In this section, I will read first only one column of the Penna€” sylvania Tablet.

Title:Inscriptional Evidence of Pre-Islamic Classical Arabic
Author: Saad D. Abulhab
Publisher:Blautopf Publishing - 2013-03

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