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The Past

2,000 - 200 years ago

The name of a North Arabian dialect, inscriptions of which are attested in the Eastern (al- Hasa) Province of Saudi Arabia, and at Mileiha as well, which is written in the South Arabian script and dates to the third-second century BC Although Hasaitic texts are most numerous at sites such as Thaj and Ayn Jawan in eastern Saudi Arabia, the presence of at least one large funerary inscription in Hasaitic is intriguing. The inscription opens with one of the standard phrases of such texts, 'nafs wa-qabr', i.e. 'monument and tomb of...', followed by a personal name, in this case 'Dhariyyat, servant of the kings'. The text, which formerly belonged to the Ruler of Sharjah, HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qassimi, is now in the Sharjah Archaeological Museum. There are several other, shorter inscriptions from Mileiha which use South Arabian script but they tend to be so brief (e.g. a personal name) that it is impossible to tell whether they are Hasaitic or, for example, Sabaic.

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