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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

Histoire et Sources des Mondes antiques   

Journal articles5 documents

  • Saba Farès-Drappeau. La chronologie des inscriptions dédanites et liḥyānites d’al-’Ulā : état de la question. Topoi Orient - Occident, Lyon : Association des amis de la Bibliothèque Salomon Reinach, 2003. ⟨hal-01736829⟩
  • Saba Farès-Drappeau, Olivier Barge. Remarques sur l'occupation humaine à Wadi Ramm. Topoi Orient - Occident, Lyon : Association des amis de la Bibliothèque Salomon Reinach, 2003, Supplément 4, pp.427-429. ⟨halshs-00497597⟩
  • Saba Farès-Drappeau, Fawzi Zayadine. " A preliminary report on the forth Season of the Wâdi Iram Epigraphical, Geographical and Archaeological Survey ". Annual of the Departement of Antiquities of Jordan (ADAJ), 2001, pp.205-216. ⟨halshs-00497603⟩
  • Saba Farès-Drappeau, Fawzi Zayadine, Frédéric Abbès. Preliminary Report on a Fourth Season of Wadi Ram : Epigraphical, Geographical and Archaeological Survey. Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan, 2001, pp.204-213. ⟨halshs-00090855⟩
  • Saba Farès-Drappeau. Wadi Iram: un lieu du culte et de rassemblement des tribus arabes dans l'antiquité. ARAM Periodical, Peeters Publishers, 1996, 8 (2), pp.269 - 283. ⟨10.2143/ARAM.8.2.2002199⟩. ⟨halshs-01728375⟩

Conference papers2 documents

  • Saba Farès-Drappeau. Recherches épigraphiques et archéologiques en Jordanie du Sud. Les rencotnres de l'Association Franco-Syrienne, l'Association Franco-Syrienne, May 2002, Lyon, France. ⟨hal-01736877⟩
  • Saba Farès-Drappeau. L’épigraphie sémitique à Wadi Ramm, en Jordanie du Sud. Conférences du Musée gallo-romain à Lyon , Musée gallo-romain à Lyon 2001, Lyon, France. ⟨hal-01736881⟩

Books1 document

  • Saba Farès-Drappeau. Histoire des Arabes aux confins des pouvoirs perse et hellénistique (IVe-IIe s. avant l'ère chrétienne). Maison de l'Orient Méditerranéen. Maison de l'Orient Méditerranéen, pp.325, 2005, TMO. ⟨halshs-00497592⟩

Directions of work or proceedings1 document

  • Françoise Briquel Chatonnet, Saba Farès, Brigitte Lion, Cécile Michel. Femmes, cultures et sociétés dans les civilisations méditerranéennes et proches-orientales de l'Antiquité. France. Topoi Orient Occident, pp.332, 2009. ⟨halshs-00444018⟩