Ahmad Al-Jallad

Ahmad Al-Jallad

Ahmad Al-Jallad

Sofia Chair in Arabic Studies, Professor


313 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Rd
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Arabian Epigraphy
  • History of Arabic Language
  • Semitic Linguistics
  • Pre-Islamic Arabic


  • Ph.D., Harvard University, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • MA, Harvard University, Semitic Philology
Ahmad Al-Jallad -The Religion and Rituals of the Nomads of Pre-Islamic Arabia

Ahmad Al-Jallad is a philologist, epigraphist, and historian of language. His work focuses on the languages and writing systems of pre-Islamic Arabia and the ancient Near East.

His latest book reconstructs the religion and rituals of Arabia’s pre-Islamic tribespeople: “The Religion and Rituals of the Nomads of Pre-Islamic Arabia A Reconstruction Based on the Safaitic Inscriptions” Brill 2022: https://brill.com/view/title/61413?language=en.

Interviews and Lectures

From an Epic Past to an Evidence-Based History:

Pre-Islamic Arabia, epigraphy, and Arabic

The Damascus Psalm Fragment (book interview and more)

15 Minute History, Episode 107: The Yazid Inscription




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