Who is "The Warrior" on Western Islamic Copper Coins? (A Quranic Key for an Unidentified Icon)

Who is "The Warrior" on Western Islamic Copper Coins? (A Quranic Key for an Unidentified Icon) © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157005808X289340 Arabica 55 (2008) 113-121 www.brill.nl/arab Notes et documents Who is “Th e Warrior” on Western Islamic Copper Coins? (A Quranic Key for an Unidentifi ed Icon) Salvador Peña and Miguel Vega Universidad de Málaga—Archivo Diocesano de Málaga J. Walker (1956: 22) included 1 in his corpus of primitive Arab-Bizantine, and Umayyad Islamic coins a fals , i.e. a copper coin, apparently from the Iberian Peninsula, that displayed as a relevant trait a figurative icon on one of its two sides. Walker described the icon as follows: “Within a small circle, helmeted head facing r[ight]”. Figure 1 Th e coin, as can be seen in the example 2 ( figure 1 ), displayed also the usual Arabic legends, consisting in the double Islamic credo. On the other side of the coin, probably the obverse, we read: Lā ilāh illā Llāh wah. dah lā šarīk lah 1 We would like to thank Maribel Fierro and Manuela Marín for their comments on the last draft of this article. 2 Fals, s.l., s.d. ; weight: 3.00 gr., width: 15.72 mm., thickness: 2.33 mm. Private collection. Photograph: the authors; previously published in Vega, Peña and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Arabica Brill

Who is "The Warrior" on Western Islamic Copper Coins? (A Quranic Key for an Unidentified Icon)

Arabica, Volume 55 (1): 113 – Jan 1, 2008

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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157005808X289340 Arabica 55 (2008) 113-121 www.brill.nl/arab Notes et documents Who is “Th e Warrior” on Western Islamic Copper Coins? (A Quranic Key for an Unidentifi ed Icon) Salvador Peña and Miguel Vega Universidad de Málaga—Archivo Diocesano de Málaga J. Walker (1956: 22) included 1 in his corpus of primitive Arab-Bizantine, and Umayyad Islamic coins a fals , i.e. a copper coin, apparently from the Iberian Peninsula, that displayed as a relevant trait a figurative icon on one of its two sides. Walker described the icon as follows: “Within a small circle, helmeted head facing r[ight]”. Figure 1 Th e coin, as can be seen in the example 2 ( figure 1 ), displayed also the usual Arabic legends, consisting in the double Islamic credo. On the other side of the coin, probably the obverse, we read: Lā ilāh illā Llāh wah. dah lā šarīk lah 1 We would like to thank Maribel Fierro and Manuela Marín for their comments on the last draft of this article. 2 Fals, s.l., s.d. ; weight: 3.00 gr., width: 15.72 mm., thickness: 2.33 mm. Private collection. Photograph: the authors; previously published in Vega, Peña and

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