“Mosque and Church: Arabic Inscriptions at Shivta in the Early Islamic Period” a lecture to be given by Dr. Bilha Moor


RAS Lecture Programme 2013-2014 (free admission, everybody welcome) 
Where: Royal Asiatic Society, London. Nearest tube: Euston, Euston Square and Warren Street

When: Thursday 13th February. The lecture starts at 6.00 pm and will be followed by a Q & A session and a drinks reception.


Unfortunately our scheduled speaker Dr Fabrizio Ferrari is unable to address the society this month. Kindly, Dr. Bilha Moor has agreed to step into the breach.

 Bilha Moor is a Rothschild Postdoctoral visiting fellow at SOAS, Department of the History of Art and Archaeology. Her PhD was awarded in 2011 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. Bilha’s PhD dissertation examined Islamic illustrated cosmographies in the second half of the 16th century. She also studies Arabic epigraphy from the early Islamic period.

Dr. Moor’s study examines a missing piece in the puzzle of the history of Shivta (Sobata) and its monuments, and throws light on the period of transition between Byzantine and Islamic rule in southern Palestine. Its purpose is two-fold; first, it presents for the first time and analyzes the undated Arabic inscriptions found at the mosque and the North Church of the town in the excavations of 1933-34. Comprehensive paleographic analysis dates the inscriptions to the Umayyad or early ‘Abbasid period, ca. 700-760 CE. Second, the study shows that the inscriptions comprise a uniquely large and early corpus of Qur’anic verses second only to the Umayyad Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem (72 AH/691-2 CE).


The lecture is free and open to everyone. For details on how to get to the RAS please visit our website    For more information contact us at info@royalasiaticsociety.org  or telephone us as on 02073919424