Skip to comments.New discovery at early Islamic site in Jordan: Uncovered inscription reveals name of Umayyad prince
Posted on 06/07/2012 5:23:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The site is a small building dating to the Umayyad period and is known for its mural paintings. Gazelle and wild donkey hunts, dances, musicians, court scenes and allegories, and zodiac symbols are all painted on interior surfaces.
The inscription, which previously could not be read due to accumulated dirt and previous unsuccessful cleaning attempts, is an invocation to Allah beginning with the formula "Allahumma aslih al-Walid ibn Yazîd" ("Oh God! Make al-Walîd ibn Yazîd virtuous"). This inscription was painted in white above a window in old Kufic alphabet without any diacritical dots. Sections of the three-line inscription are still being translated.
Walid Ibn Yazid, or Walid II, was an Umayyad caliph who reigned for a little over a year, from February 743 to April 744. The inscription, however, is missing the typical expressions used for Umayyad caliphs ("God's servant," "Prince of the Believers"), indicating that it was painted when Walid was still a prince, during the reign of Hisham bin Abd el-Malik (723-743).
The inscription, which previously could not be read due to accumulated dirt and previous unsuccessful cleaning attempts, is an invocation to Allah.
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May be of some interest.
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