This talk will attempt a synthesis of cultic and ritualistic practices that intersect with adversity, fate, death, and remembrance based on the inscriptions and archaeology of the nomads of pre-Islamic Arabia.
Professor Ahmad Al-Jallad is a philologist, epigraphist, and historian of language. He currently holds the Sofia Chair of Arabic at The Ohio State University and has previously taught at Leiden University in the Netherlands. His work focuses on the languages and writing systems of pre-Islamic Arabia and the ancient Near East. He has published on the early history of Arabic, language classification, North Arabian and Arabic epigraphy, and historical Semitic linguistics. He directs epigraphic survey projects in Jordan and Oman.