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“Traces of Early Islam in Wadi Ramm: A Desert Mosque and Waystation from the Time of the Umayyads”

“Traces of Early Islam in Wadi Ramm: A Desert Mosque and Waystation from the Time of the Umayyads”

ACOR Lecture on Wed 4 March 2015 @ 6:00 pm in the ACOR Library
by Dr. Glenn J. Corbett, Associate Director of ACOR

about the lecture
In the winter of 1988, while surveying Wadi Shireh in the Hisma/Wadi Ramm desert of southern Jordan, the ‘Aqaba-Ma‘an Archaeological and Epigraphic Survey, directed by the late Dr. William Jobling of the University of Sydney, discovered a rare early Islamic open-air mosque (masjid) in association with several exceptional early Islamic (Kufic) inscriptions, one of which gives a date of 109 AH (AD 727/728). While a number of scholars have since commented on the site’s interesting inscriptions, there has been little discussion of the mosque within its broader archaeological context or immediate landscape setting. This lecture, in addition to discussing the site’s fascinating inscriptions, will evaluate the mosque, together with several associated buildings discovered in Shireh, in relation to similar early Islamic open-air mosques and marginal desert settlements known from the southern Levant. It will also call attention to the unfortunate destruction that has occurred at this remote desert site in recent years

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