Arabian Epigraphic Notes

An Open Access Online Journal on Arabian Epigraphy.

The Aims and Format


The Arabian Peninsula contains one of the richest epigraphic landscapes in the Old World, and new texts are being discovered with every expedition to its deserts and oases. Arabian Epigraphic Notes is a forum for the publication of these epigraphic finds, and for the discussion of relevant historical and linguistic issues. The Arabian Peninsula is broadly defined as including the landmass between the Red Sea and the Arabo-Persian gulf, and stretching northward into the Syrian Desert, Jordan, and adjacent cultural areas. In order to keep up with the rapid pace of discoveries, our online format will provide authors the ability to publish immediately following peer-review, and will make available for download high resolution, color photographs. The open-access format will ensure as wide a readership as possible.

AEN invites original articles and short communications dealing with the Ancient South Arabian, Ancient North Arabian, Nabataean (and Aramaic in general), Arabic, and Greek epigraphy from the Arabian Peninsula, but also from other areas so long as the link to Arabia and its cultures is clear. The language of the Journal is English. Review articles will also be considered.

Arabian Epigraphic Notes is essential reading for all interested in the languages and scripts of the ancient Near East, and of interest to students of Northwest Semitic epigraphy, Cuneiform studies, Egyptology, and classical antiquity. We hope that the journal will contribute to our understanding of the languages and cultures of Arabia, from their earliest attestations until the contemporary period. It is hoped that the journal’s accessibility will further help integrate the epigraphy and languages of ancient Arabia into the broader field of Semitic Philology.

A Note on the Format

AEN is an open-access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of Open Access.

AEN is published by the Leiden Center for the Study of Ancient Arabia (LeiCenSAA) and archived by the Leiden University Library. Articles are published immediately online following successful peer-review. The articles published during a single calendar year are collated into a single volume at the end of that year; the volume in its entirety and the individual articles are available for download from the Leiden University Library repository (

Editorial Board

A. Al-Jallad, Leiden University (Netherlands)
Managing Editor
B. Suchard, Leiden University (Netherlands)
Board of Advisors
A. Avanzini, University of Pisa (Italy)
H. Gzella, Leiden University (Netherlands)
M.C.A. Macdonald, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
A. al-Manaser, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
M. Maraqten, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Germany)
L. Nehmé, CNRS (France)
A. Prioletta, University of Pisa (Italy)
P. Sijpesteijn, Leiden University (Netherlands)
P. Stein, Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena (Germany)
S. Theeb, Saudi Arabia