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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.

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