Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarum Palaestinae (CIAP) Volume Two: B-C

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BRILL, 1997 - History - 325 pages
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 last 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. Volume One: A, has been published in 1997 and is still available.
 

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Contents

The main roads of Jerusalem in the late 7th century ܠܛ P1 1 The main roads of Jerusalem in the late 7th century P1 2 Schematic map of the route fro...
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Balātah
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Bāniyās
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location map
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Map of 1990s excavations
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City plan and location of inscriptions
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The southern gate of Bāniyās 19th c engraving
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Plans of the three stages of Qalʼat asSubaybah
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Plan of Bayt Jubrīn caves ʻIrāq alMā
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A copy of an insciption and cross on one of the walls of ʻIrāq alMā and bass relief depicting the crucifixion ? on another wall prepared for the SWP
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Bayt Jirjā
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Bayt Tīmā
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Ben Ammi
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Rachels tomb
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Plan of Church of Nativity
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Bethsaida
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Bāqā ashSharqiyyah
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Bayt Iksā
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Bayt Jubrin Betogabri in Peutingers map
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Bayt Jubrīn in the Mādabā map
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Pl 8a Ruins of the castle of Bayt Jubrīn 19th c engraving
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7 branched candlestick and an Aramaic inscription relating to the local synagogue c 500CE at Bayt Jubrīn
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Schematic map of Bayt Jubrīn and its vicinity showing Ajlān and Umm Lāqis Mulāqis
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Bayt JubrīnZiblin and Beer sabee in Mario Santos map
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The immediate vicinity of Bayt Jubrīn
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Plan of the urban centre of Beth Shean
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The Umayyad gate the passage between the shops and the suggested place of the inscription
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Reconstruction of the Umayyad gate to the shops and the suggested place of the mosaic incscription No 1
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Mosque of the 40 Warriors 1787945
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Rabi I ? 190JanFeb 806
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Plan of alKhān alAhmar
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Biddiyā
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Bibliography
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About the author (1997)

Moshe Sharon, Ph.D., is Professor of Islamic History at The Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He studied epigraphy under Gaston Wiet, and has been collecting the material for "CIAP" since the last 1960s. He has published many books and articles on a variety of subjects on medieval Islam and Arabic epigraphy.