Ahmad Al-Jallad

Ahmad Al-Jallad

Ahmad Al-Jallad

Sofia Chair in Arabic Studies, Associate Professor


313 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Rd
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Arabian Epigraphy
  • History of Arabic Language
  • Semitic Linguistics
  • Pre-Islamic Arabic


  • Ph.D., Harvard University, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • MA, Harvard University, Semitic Philology
Ahmad Al-Jallad is a philologist, epigraphist, and historian of language. His work focuses on the languages and writing systems of pre-Islamic Arabia and the ancient Near East. He has authored and edited four books and nearly thirty articles on the early history of Arabic, language classification, North Arabian and Arabic epigraphy, and historical Semitic linguistics.
15 Minute History, Episode 82: What Writing Can Tell Us about the Arabs before Islam
15 Minute History, Episode 107: The Yazid Inscription
Read more about Al-Jallad’s research in the New Yorker
A virtual expedition for Safaitic Inscriptions