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Excavating the rasm: Pre-Islamic Arabic inscriptions and the earliest Qur'anic manuscripts

Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

EMU Lewis Room (#23)

The corpus of pre-Islamic Arabic inscriptions in the Arabic script has expanded greatly over the last decade, shedding important light on the status of Arabic as a written language in the century before the rise of Islam. This talk by Dr. Ahmad Al-Jallad, Sofia Chair in Arabic Studies, will present these new discoveries to the public and explain how they are transforming the way we think about the language of the Qur’an and its orthography.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Free, Diversity and Multiculturalism


Division of Global Engagement, Global Studies Institute

Target Audience

All Students, Faculty/Staff


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