Pre-Islamic Arabic inscription found near Najran, Saudi Arabia

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The oldest known Arabic inscriptions were discovered, according to the Heritage Commission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The inscription was created 191 years before Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), during pre-Islamic times.

From the Jabal Al-Haqqan mountain, a significant Hima cultural site in the Najran region of southern Saudi Arabia, it was found. According to the committee, the Al-Haqqan inscription marks an important stage in the development of Arabic letters.

According to the Nabataean calendar, the inscription is the sixth-oldest in recorded history and was likely written around the year 380.

Before several other inscriptions in the Kingdom, including three in the governorate of AlUla, one in Najran, and others in Jouf and Tabuk, the Al-Haqqan inscription was inscribed.

The Hima cultural region, which includes a number of ancient inscriptions and burial mounds, is one of the biggest open museums in the world. The area is one of the primary archaeological locations in the Najran district and is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Over a 557-kilometer stretch, it features caverns and mountains that are home to hundreds of inscriptions and works of rock art.

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