The adjective ‘Ḥimyarite’ was coined by traditional Arab and Islamic scholars and grammarians who preserved and transmitted a limited number of words and a small corpus of short texts that they had heard (proverbs, sayings, and conversations from daily life) or read (epitaphs), in order to emphasize the strangeness of this language to an Arab ear. The term ‘Ḥimyarite’ can also be applied to two inscriptions of pre-Islamic Yemen.
1. Before Islam
For the pre-Islamic perio…
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Christian Julien Robin,
Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong.
Consulted online on 21 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0036>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831