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Saudi Heritage Commission Discovers 6th Oldest Early Arabic Inscription in Hima Cultural Area

The Heritage Commission has announced the discovery and documentation of the sixth oldest early Arabic inscription in Jabal Al-Haqqun in the Hima cultural area in the Najran region in southern Saudi Arabia. This came as part of the commission’s survey work.

The Al-Haqqun inscription belongs to Ka’b Bin Amr Bin Abd Manat, who registered it and sealed it with the date of its implementation according to the Nabataean calendar, at around the year 380, using the method of Nabataean symbols with numerical values.

The date of the inscription reveals that Ka’b Bin Amr Bin Abd Manat was a merchant who was passing the road while heading to his home in the northwest of the Arabian Peninsula.

The discovery of the Al-Haqqun inscription is a valuable scientific addition to the register of early Arabic writings before Islam, the commission stated.

It added that it is also considered to be among the early Arabic inscriptions that represent an important stage in the development of Arabic writing.

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Saudi Gazette

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