Water in Ancient Northern Arabic Inscriptions (Safaitic) “Analytical Study of Two New Safaitic Inscriptions”

Sabri K. Abbadi


This study analyses two new Safaitic inscriptions recorded on a triangular-shaped basalt stone. The inscriptions were transliterated into Classical Arabic and compared with other Semitic inscriptions. The first inscription contains a number of personal names, while the second inscription refers to the lack of water. Other Semitic inscriptions are compared that mention water or traveling in search of water. This study demonstrates that the Safaitic tribes were used to traveling back and forth seasonally between the west and east areas of the Harra in search of pasture and water.


Ancient North Arabian, Safaitic, Semitic inscriptions, Water, Jordan, Al-Harrah

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