An Analytical Study of a Number of Ancient North Arabian Inscriptions Newly Discovered in Eastern Jordan

Abstract

A considerable number of inscriptions on the facades of stone blocks were discovered in the north-eastern desert of Jordan, namely in wadi Al-Ḥashad area1. They were found by the Online Corpus of the Inscriptions of Ancient North Arabia (OCIANA) Project team in 2019. The total number of these inscriptions is ten. From reading these inscriptions, it turns out that they are invocation ones in nature as they include many different requests for help and assistance from the deities of the time. Thus, these inscriptions shed more light on the aspects of the religious thoughts and beliefs prevailing during that era. According to the writing style of these inscriptions, it is noticed that one of them was written in Safaitic style; while the remaining others were written in Thamudic style2.