Ancient Arabic inscription found in Jerusalem
Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 1:40 pm
An Israel Antiquities Authority worker holds a fragment of a
marble plaque with an Arabic inscription dated to 910 CE,
discovered in Jerusalem's Old City, and displayed Wednesday, Feb.
17. 2010. The fragment of a 1,100-year-old plaque is thought to
have been made by an army veteran to express his thanks for a land
grant from the caliph al-Muqtadir, who the inscription calls "Emir
of the Faithful." Dating from a time when Jerusalem was ruled by
the Muslim Abbasid empire, the plaque shows one way rulers rewarded
their troops and ensured their loyalty.