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Dadanitic is the name now given to a group of Ancient North Arabian (ANA) inscriptions centred on the oasis of Dadan (biblical Dedān, modern al-ʿUlā), in northwestern Arabia but with scattered examples elsewhere, principally around the nearby, rival oasis of Taymāʾ. Macdonald (Reflections, 33) showed that the previous division of these inscriptions into “Dedanite” and “Lihyanite” was based on a mistaken analysis of the script. The ANA scripts belong to the “South Semitic script family” (Macdonal…

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Macdonald, Michael C. A., “Dadanitic”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_35309>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 9789004386648, 2019, 2019-3

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