(Ancient Origins) The oldest known Arabic writing found in Saudi Arabia, from ca. 470 AD belong to a Christian context and predates the advent of Islam with 150 years.
In December 2015, researchers from a French-Saudi expedition studying rock inscriptions in southern Saudi Arabia published a 100-page-long report in France's Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres that reported that the oldest Arabic text, carved on a large rectangular stone that was found in Saudi Arabia, is simply of a name, "Thawban (son of) Malik," decorated with a Christian cross.
The same cross systematically appears on the other similar stelae dating more or less to the same period. The discovery is sensational since it shows that the origins of the Arabic alphabet used to write the Koran belongs to a Christian context.
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