The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut néerlandais du Proche-Orient

15 Dec 15:00

Leiden Lecture on Ancient Arabian Civilization: The oasis of Tayma, Northwest Arabia – 6000 years of cultural contacts and exchange

Arnulf Hausleiter

Leiden University Library: Vossius room

Tayma was an important trading post on the trade routes leading from Southern Arabia to Syro-Mesopotamia and the Levant. Occupied since the 4th millennium BC, it was during the last part of the 1st millennium BC that Tayma interacted with neighbouring oases. This period also saw the its occupation by the Babylonian monarch Nabonidus, before it became part of the Nabataean sphere and was probably also under Roman-Byzantine influence. The city played an important role in the expansion of Islam towards the Levant as well.

The Saudi-German excavation of the oasis has shed unprecedented light on the cosmopolitan history of Tayma, and its importance for the history of pre-Islamic Arabia.

PD Dr. A. Hausleiter (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Berlin, Orient-Abteilung) is co-director of the Saudi-German multidisciplinary field project at the oasis of Tayma.

Thursday 15 November, 15.00-16.00 hrs, Leiden University Library: Vossius Room 

This is the keynote lecture to the symposium Crossroads Arabia: Perspectives on cultural exchange between pre-Islamic Arabia and the outside world held on Wednesday 14 December. It is organised in cooperation between