Himyaritic


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Himyaritic

(hĭm'yərĭt`ĭk), another name for Old South Arabian. See Arabic languagesArabic languages,
members of the West Semitic group of the Semitic subdivision of the Afroasiatic family of languages (see Afroasiatic languages). The Arabic languages comprise North Arabic (or simply Arabic) and South Arabian (or Himyaritic or South Arabic); South Arabian
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, formerly Hamito-Semitic languages
, family of languages spoken by more than 250 million people in N Africa; much of the Sahara; parts of E, central, and W Africa; and W Asia (especially the Arabian peninsula, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and
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Indeed, the Qur'an explicitly mentions the dinar, (40) the dirham, (41) and the waraq (42)--the latter defined by al-Mawardi also as a "silver coin," (43) most probably of Himyaritic issue--and it was the specific weights of such foreign currencies that were the denominational basis for determining by proxy the value of the Hijazis' precious metal bullion used in commerce.
Varisco gives us, for instance, a detailed account of the various medieval calendars, namely, the Julian reckoning, Himyaritic month names, the Islamic lunar calendar, the Coptic calendar, Persian and navigational Nayruz calendars, and religious holidays.
Besides, this will solve the further controversial problem of the inception of the Himyaritic era.