To the Madbar and Back Again

Studies in the languages, archaeology, and cultures of Arabia dedicated to Michael C.A. Macdonald


Michael C.A. Macdonald is one of the great names of Arabian Studies. He pioneered the field of Ancient North Arabian and made invaluable contributions to the history of Arabia and the nomads of the Near East, their languages, and their scripts. This volume gathers thirty-two innovative contributions from leading scholars in the field to honor the career of Michael C.A. Macdonald, covering the languages and scripts of ancient Arabia, their history and archaeology, the Hellenistic Near East, and the modern dialects and languages of Arabia. The book is an essential part of the library of any who study the Near East, its languages and its cultures.

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Laila Nehmé, Ph.D. (1994) University of Paris I, is Director of Research at the CNRS since 2014. She received a knighthood in the Ordre National du Mérite, in 2010. She works on the development of Nabataean writing in Arabic scripture, and is compiling a corpus of Nabatéo-Arabic Texts (4th-5th centuries) on which she carries out paleographic and linguistics analyses.

Ahmad Al-Jallad, Ph.D. (2012) Harvard University, is an Assistant Professor at Leiden University. He has published on the comparative grammar of the Semitic languages, the history of Arabic, and on the epigraphy of Ancient North Arabia, including An Outline of the Grammar of the Safaitic Inscriptions (Brill, 2015).
The Research of M.C.A. Macdonald
Publications of M.C.A. Macdonald
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Epigraphy and Philology

1 Les artisans et professions « libérales » dans le domaine nabatéen
Laila Nehmé

2 Anmerkungen zum safaitischen und althebräischen Onomastikon
Walter W. Müller

3 Safaitic Prayers, Curses, Grief and More from Wadi Salhub—North-Eastern Jordan
Hani Hayajneh

4 Notes on ḥwb in Safaitic
Chiara Della Puppa

5 Traditional Music or Religious Ritual? Ancient Rock Art Illumined by Bedouin Custom
Ali Al-Manaser

6 The Formularies and Their Historical Implications: Two Examples from Ancient South Arabian Epigraphic Documentation
Alessandra Avanzini

7 Ancient South Arabian Graffiti from Shabathān (Governorate of al-Bayḍāʾ, Yemen)
Alessia Prioletta

8 Schreiben, meißeln, Fehler machen. Zur Funktion von Schrift im öffentlichen Raum im antiken Südarabien
Peter Stein

9 The Phonemes and in the Dadanitic Inscriptions
Fokelien Kootstra

10 Dadanitic Inscriptions from Jabal al-Khraymāt (Madāʾin Ṣāliḥ)
María del Carmen Hidalgo-Chacón Díez

11 Un sanctuaire de montagne : Mushannaf
Maurice Sartre

12 Un pasteur et un soldat ? Deux inscriptions grecques d’ époque romaine à l’ est du Jabal Ḥawrān
François Villeneuve

13 Méharistes et cavaliers romains dans le désert jordanien
Pierre-Louis Gatier

14 Goras, sanglier ou jeune lion (ou onagre) ?
Jean-Baptiste Yon

15 A Lead Syriac Protective Talisman
Sebastian Brock

16 Two New Arabic Inscriptions: Arabian Castles and Christianity in the Umayyad Period
Robert Hoyland

17 The Etymology of Ḥattā
Ahmad al-Jallad

18 Are Libyco-Berber Horizontal and Vertical h the Same Sign?
Marijn van Putten

Archaeology, History and Religion

19 The Outer Wall of Taymāʾ and Its Dating to the Bronze Age
Arnulf Hausleiter

20 Pottery from the “Midianite Heartland”? On Tell Kheleifeh and Qurayyah Painted Ware. New Evidence from the Harvard Semitic Museum
Marta Luciani

21 A Caravan Merchant Family of ‘Antioch on the Chrysorhoas’. A Glimpse of Hellenistic Gerasa as a Caravanserai
Ina Kehrberg(-Ostrasz)

22 The Visit of Mālik bin Muʿāwiyah, King of Kindah and Maḏḥiǧ to the Himyarite King Šammar Yuharʿiš in Maʾrib
Mohammed Maraqten

23 Der rituelle Umzug des Yadaʿʾil Ḏarīḥ nach Ṣirwāḥ
Norbert Nebes

24 Sedentism of Arabs in the 8th–4th Centuries BC
Israel Ephʿal

25 Reflections on Arab Leadership in Late Antiquity
Greg Fisher

26 A Paradise in the Desert: Iram at the Intersection of One Thousand and One Nights, Quranic Exegesis, and Arabian history
Orhan Elmaz

27 Mourning for the Dead and the Beginning of Idolatry in the Kitāb al-Aṣnām and the Spelunca Thesaurorum—an Unknown Parallel to Sūrat at-Takāṯur (Q102)?
Konstantin M. Klein

28 Temple Inscriptions and “the Death of the God(s)”
John F. Healey

29 ‘The Conception of Jesus’
Hannah M. Cotton Paltiel

Modern Dialects and Tribes

30 Drink Long and Drink in Peace: Singing to Livestock at Water in Dhofar, Sultanate of Oman
Miranda J. Morris and Sālim ʕAwaḏ̣̣ Ahmad al-Shaḥri

31 South Arabian Sibilants and the Śḥerɛ̄t s̃ ~ š Contrast
Alex Bellem and Janet C.E. Watson

32 Was There a “Bedouinisation of Arabia? Probably Not, at Least in the Way It Has so Far been Portrayed
William Lancaster and Fidelity Lancaster

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