Traces of the hamza in the Early Arabic Script: The Inscriptions of Zuhayr, Qays the Scribe, and ‘Yazīd the King’

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Traces of the hamza in the Early Arabic Script: The Inscriptions of Zuhayr, Qays the Scribe, and ‘Yazīd the King’

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Traces of the hamza in the Early Arabic Script: The Inscriptions of Zuhayr, Qays the Scribe, and ‘Yazīd the King’
Author: Shaddel, Mehdy
Start Page: 35
End Page: 52
Publisher: Leiden Center for the Study of Ancient Arabia (LeiCenSAA)
Issue Date: 2018
Keywords: Arabic (script) inscriptions
Islamic Arabic inscription
Palaeography
Hamza
Arabic orthography
Abstract: The present article re-edits three early Islamic inscriptions that exhibit an orthographic feature believed to represent the glottal stop (hamz). Overall, this orthographic device (referred to as ‘proto-hamza’) is employed four times in the three inscriptions, bringing the number of its known attestations to a grand total of nine. The article concludes by making some broad observations on the multifarious nature of the early Arabic writing tradition(s).
Series/Report no.: Arabian Epigraphic Notes;2018-4
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/61484
 

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