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Deux inscriptions islamiques inédites de Barus, Sumatra-Nord

Abstract : Barus, on the west coast of North Sumatra, has yielded on the one hand a unique set of inscribed rings and gems in the island, on the other hand a number of Muslim gravestones bearing ancient inscriptions with historical content bringing this area into third position behind Samudra-Pasai and Banda Aceh for this type of source in Sumatra. This note discusses two previously unpublished documents that enrich both epigraphic corpora. The first is a ring described in a catalogue of the Museum of the Batavian Society for Arts and Sciences (1887), of which a facsimile was published ten years earlier, but later fell into oblivion. Palaeographically, this object bearing an Islamic inscription could be dated to the eleventh or twelfth century CE. The second document is a Muslim tombstone recently discovered near Barus. Its inscription bears a fifteenth century date which offers a strong chronological indication for both the type of tombstone concerned and for the grave of an important individual in the history of Barus.
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Daniel Perret, Ludvik Kalus, Heddy Surachman, Repelita Wahyu Oetomo. Deux inscriptions islamiques inédites de Barus, Sumatra-Nord. Archipel, Association Archipel/Éditions de la FMSH, 2016, pp.105-117. ⟨10.4000/archipel.305⟩. ⟨halshs-01885252⟩



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