Arabic Inscription from Petra

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 18 February 2019

Over a thousand years old, this Arabic inscription was found in Wadi Musa, just outside of Petra. This limestone block was a tombstone dedicated to the memory of an important man then, Abu al-Husayn ibn Abdullah, who died in 787 CE. The inscription reads "In the name of the Merciful, Abu Al-Husayn ibn Abdullah passed away, may Allah have mercy on him, on Sunday of Jamada al-Akhir of the year 170". The year 170 refers to the Islamic Hijri calendar. Islamic period, 787 CE. From Petra. Jordan. (The Jordan Museum, Amman, Jordan).

About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2019, February 18). Arabic Inscription from Petra. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Arabic Inscription from Petra." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified February 18, 2019.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Arabic Inscription from Petra." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 18 Feb 2019. Web. 24 Apr 2019.

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