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The BFSA Lecture Series

10th June 2019 3rd Beatrice de Cardi Lecture Prof. Dionisius Agius  “Our days on the sea are gone but our stories remain: The Life of the Red Sea Dhow” G6, Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY 17.45 – 7pm.

Details of past lectures can be found on the Lecture page and in our Bulletin.

Seminar for Arabian Studies

The Seminar for Arabian Studies is the only annual international forum for the presentation of the latest research in the humanities on the Arabian Peninsula.

The 2019 Seminar will take place at the University of Leiden from Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 July.

The deadline for the submission of poster abstracts  is the 30 April 2019.

Registration for the Seminar and pre-payment are now open.

The Draft Programme for the 2019 Seminar can now be viewed or downloaded.


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So did all forms of Arabic lose this meaning? Or did the root w-th-b maintain the meaning “to sit” somewhere? Last week I posted this Greek-language tombstone of an 8-year-old boy from Petra who died in the late 3rd c. CE.

The Nabataean name means “servant of the mīthab”, where mīthab is probably translated best as “throne” lit. Place of sitting. The term may refer to the divine throne or the throne of one of the Nabataean kings. It is equivalent then to the Classical Arabic name عبد العرش.

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