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Ḥimyaritic is a Semitic language that was spoken in the mountains of Yemen during the first centuries of Islam. The name is derived from the tribe of Ḥimyar, whose origins lie in the region of Ẓafār (125 kms south of Sanaa) in the southern highlands. This tribal group gradually extended its power across the whole of Yemen and eventually exercized authority over the southwestern half of the Arabian Peninsula (1st century B.C.E.–6th century C.E.).

The adjective ‘Ḥimyarite’ was coi…

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Christian Julien Robin, “Ḥimyaritic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0036>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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