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Professor of Languages and Cultures of Ancient Arabia. My main research topics are :

  • Epigraphy and Archaeology input for better understanding ancient Arabs languages
  • Religion of Ancient Arabs
  • Societies and natural ressources in Pre-Islamic Arabia

My comparative work within Arabic involves ancient Arabic texts and classical Arabic texts. I work on ancient texts dated form pre-Islamic periods, engraved on rocks and blocs (form the 5th century BC to 8th century AD). I am interested in all linguistic aspects of ancient Arabic languages and mainly the input of Archeology for better understanding of the society. The materials are collected through annual fieldwork in wādī Ramm (Jordan) and in Kilwa (Saudi Arabia). French Ministry for Foreign Affairs support those tow project and provide and funding (since 1994 for wādī Ramm and 2009 for Kilwa).

The fieldwork lead me to the interrogation about the reusing of ancient material, with the help of new technologies. Thus, throw the project StorMer, funded by LabexMed, I explore with colleagues who comes form different scientific horizon, the traditional rainfall water and the social construction. We try to develop a pilot for improving traditional system as a solution to access to water, in non urban region in Mediterranean basin (

The material collected during 20 years are going to be shared in OpenAccess thanks to the collaborative platform (MirCap) with the financial support for Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region, LabexMed (Aix-Marseille University), IREMAM (UMR 7310) and French Embassy in Saudi Arabia

Institut Français du Proche-Orient   

Journal articles4 documents

  • Saba Farès-Drappeau. Compte-rendu de RR. PP. A. Jaussen et R. Savignac - Mission archéologique en Arabie. Revue des Mondes Musulmans et de la Méditerranée, Université de Provence, 2000, 89-90. ⟨halshs-01730861⟩
  • Saba Farès-Drappeau. La divinité h-KTBY/hn-’KTB en Arabie du Nord-Ouest et en Jordanie du Sud. Topoi Orient - Occident, Lyon : Association des amis de la Bibliothèque Salomon Reinach, 1999, 9, pp.201-208. ⟨⟩. ⟨10.3406/topoi.1999.1815⟩. ⟨halshs-01736791⟩
  • Saba Farès-Drappeau, Fawzi Zayadine. Tow North-Arabian inscriptions from the temple of Lât Wadi Iram. Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan (ADAJ), 1998, pp.255-257. ⟨halshs-00497374⟩
  • Saba Farès-Drappeau. Wadi Ramm epigraphic survey. American Journal of Archaeology, Archaeological Institute of America, 1997, 10, pp.37-44. ⟨halshs-00497616⟩

Conference papers3 documents

  • Saba Farès-Drappeau. La poursuite des recherches épigraphiques en Jordanie du Sud après William Jobling. Julius Euting (1839-1913) und die Erforschung Arabiens, Jul 1999, Tübingen Germany. ⟨hal-01736885⟩
  • Saba Farès-Drappeau. Les thamoudéens dans le Wadi Iram. Les conférences du Centre Culturel Français d'Amman , Centre Culturel Français d'Amman 1997, Amman, Jordanie. ⟨hal-01736891⟩
  • Saba Farès-Drappeau. Les Arabes du Nord à travers les inscriptions. Université de Saint Joseph-Beyrouth - départements des Lettres arabes et d'Histoire et Géographie, Apr 1994, Beyrouth, Liban. ⟨hal-01736892⟩