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

Front Cover
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Bani Naim
Baqa ashSharqiyyah
Bitfmiya Beit Unia
Caesarea Qaysariyyah

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

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.