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Written in Stone: How Inscriptions from the Jordanian Badiya Change the Story of Arabic

  • Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture #2 50 Umar Ibn al-Khattab Street Amman Jordan (map)

A scholar in the history and the development of the Arabic language, Prof. Philip Stokes presented a challenge to the widely-accepted notion that all Arabs spoke Classical Arabic prior to Islam and its spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Recent research, Prof. Stokes discussed, reveals that ancient desert inscriptions from across the region are indeed non-Classical Arabic, yet pre-Islamic, forcing us to rethink or conceptions of Arabic and its history.