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Crossroads Arabia: Perspectives on cultural exchange between pre-Islamic Arabia and the outside world

Wednesday 14 December 2016
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden
Heinsius room

Recent archaeological and epigraphic missions to the Arabian Peninsula have revealed far-reaching cultural interactions between its inhabitants and the great civilizations of the Fertile Crescent. This symposium will gather prominent scholars on the epigraphy and archaeology of Arabia to put into perspective these interactions in an attempt to better integrate Arabia into the history of the Ancient Near East. Talks will focus on South Arabia, the Central Arabia '€˜Arab tribes€', and the great oases of North Arabian, Taymā† and Dadan.


• Caroline Waerzeggers (Leiden University)
• Michael Macdonald (Oxford University)
• Alessia Prioletta (CNRS)
• Fokelien Kootstra (Leiden University)

Ahmad Al-Jallad will also present the results of the first season of the Leiden-CNRS-SCTH Thaj Archaeological Project, the excavation of the largest pre-Islamic site in eastern Arabia.


Please register by sending an email to lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

This lecture is organised in cooperation with:
Leiden Center for the Study of Ancient Arabia (LeiCenSAA)
Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten (NINO)
Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS)
Stichting Oosters Instituut
Juynboll Stichting

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