SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Mosque and Church: Arabic Inscriptions at Shivta in the Early Islamic Period

Bilha Moor

Date: 31 October 2013Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 31 October 2013Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B111

Type of Event: Seminar

The study examines a missing piece in the puzzle of the history of Shivta (Sobata) and its monuments, and throws light on the period of transition between Byzantine and Islamic rule in southern Palestine. Its purpose is two-fold; first, it presents for the first time and analyzes the undated Arabic inscriptions found at the mosque and the North Church of the town in the excavations of 1933-34. Comprehensive paleographic analysis dates the inscriptions to the Umayyad or early ‘Abbasid period, ca. 700-760 CE. Second, the study shows that the inscriptions comprise a uniquely large and early corpus of Qur’anic verses second only to the Umayyad Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem (72 AH/691-2 CE

Organiser: Anna Contadini

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