Ahmad Al-Jallad

Ahmad Al-Jallad

Ahmad Al-Jallad

Sofia Chair in Arabic Studies, 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
The Damascus Psalm Fragment

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.

His latest book explores Arabic’s transformation as it crosses the pre-Islam – Islam divide: “Damascus Psalm Fragment: Middle Arabic and the Legacy of Old Ḥigāzī”

Interviews and Lectures

From an Epic Past to an Evidence-Based History:

Pre-Islamic Arabia, epigraphy, and Arabic

The Damascus Psalm Fragment (book interview and more)

15 Minute History, Episode 107: The Yazid Inscription