Byzantium in South Arabia

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Byzantium in South Arabia

Author of text:

Irfan Shahid

Date of text: 1979
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Name of structure in text: Churches
Type of structure in text: church
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Country in text: Syria
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City in text: Najran
Specific place of mosaic in text: walls and ceiling
Description of mosaic in text: This is a town in central Syria, in the Laja (Trachonitis), clearly named after the South Arabian Najran just as the Iraqi one was so named. Yâqût describes its church, bî'a, as "great, beautiful, built upon marble columns, and decorated with mosaics. It is a blessed place to which both Muslims and Christians make vows
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Tesserae silver mentioned in text?
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? Yes
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Bibliography: Irfan, Shahid, 'Byzantium in South Arabia', Dumbarton Oaks Papers, 33 (1979), 23-94, pp. 69 (n. 118), 71, 79
Al-Bakri, Mu'jam, ed. by F. Wustenfeld (Gottingen: 1877), p. 756
Yaqut, Mu'jam al-Buldan, ed. by F. Wustenfeld (Leipzig: 1867), II, 703

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