Squeezes in the Max Van Berchem Collection (Palestine, Trans-Jordan, Northern Syria): Squeezes 1 - 84
Western Palestine is extremely rich in Arabic inscriptions, whose dates range from as early as CE 150 until modern times. Most of the inscriptions date from the Islamic period, for under Islam the country gained particular religious and strategic importance, even though it made up only part of the larger province of Syria. This historical importance is clearly reflected in the hundreds of inscriptions, the texts of which cover a variety of topics: construction, dedication, religious endowments, epitaphs, Qur'anic texts, prayers and invocations, all now assembled in the Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarum Palaestinae (CIAP). The CIAP follows the method established at the end of the 19th century by Max van Berchem, namely, the studying of the Arabic inscriptions 'in context'. Van Berchem managed to publish two volumes of the inscriptions from Jerusalem: the CIAP covers the entire country. The inscriptions are arranged according to site, and are studied in their respective topographical, historical and cultural context. In this way the CIAP offers more than a survey of inscriptions: it represents the epigraphical angle of the geographical history of the Holy Land.
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19th century Abå Abb§sid Abd al-Malik Abdallah ad-Din Addendum to CIAP Adhri#§t afad Ahmad Akko Allah Allah bless Allah pardon amÊr amir ancient angular script Arabic inscription Ascalon Ashqelon Ashqelon Epitaph awr§n Ayyåbid Bal§ãunus Baladhuri Basmalah Baybars building built Busra Bußr Caesarea Caesarea Epitaph castle cemetery Construction text Crusaders Damascus Dar'ah Epitaph Dayr Declaration of Faith decorated with barbs early engraved Epitaph FÊq flipped fortress fragment Guérin Haifa HånÊn Hebron Holy Hurayrah ibid Ibn Shadd§d Ibr§hÊm incised Islamic Jaffa Jerusalem Jews Karak lines Lydda Mamlåk marble mashhad Max van Berchem monumental mosque Muhammad MuqaddasÊ Muslim MvB files MvB squeeze naskhÊ nisbah origin Ottoman Palestine Pedersen period Qur'anic Qur'anic text Qur"§nic RabÊ Ramlah RCEA reading Sahyun Saladin Salamiyyah Shiqmonah sources stylized Sultan Syria tomb town Umayyads Unidentified Unreadable Date Ustinow collection village vowels waqf word Y§qåt Yubna ﻪﻠﻟﺍ