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Ghul, Mahmud Ali (1963) Early Southern Arabian languages and classical Arabic sources: A critical examination of literary and lexicographical sources by comparison with the inscriptions. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI:

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This is a study of the material which is stated or claimed to be of South Arabian origin or directly associated with South Arabia as attested in the lexica of classical Arabic and in other sources of classical Arabic which treat of usages attested in pre-Islamic and early Islamic poetry, traditions or texts. The purpose is to examine this material by comparison with the linguistic and, lexicographical information now available from Epigraphic South Arabian (ESA) material. The material attested in the Arabia sources for this purpose hasbbeen divided into four Categories: Abyssinian, Himyari, and Yamani, according to the language or dialect of original claimed for them, and, then usages occuring in South Arabian contexts. The material under the first three categories has been investigated thoroughly, while the material under the last category, that of the south Arabian context, has been left out from the detailed examination, accept for a brief discussion and for few usages selected as specimen and because they are related to usages discussed elsewhere in this study. Much of this material proved to be incomparable with ESA material, either because the usages in the Arabic sources derive from roots not attested in ESA, which is the majority of the canes or because the usage from comparable roots, ESA are completely different But in over eighty, cases, discuss and here in articles by roots, the material in the Arabic sources shows varying degree resemblance In a considerable number of cases the corresponding usages in both materials proved to be exact equivalents.

Item Type: Theses (PhD)
SOAS Departments & Centres: SOAS Research Theses > Proquest
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Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2018 15:06

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