Kamkam the Nabataean Priestess: Priesthood and Society in Ancient Arabia

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To explore the role that priests and priestesses played in ancient Arabia, we will first move forward in time to the pre-Islamic era, and a 5 th century CE reference to the priestess of al Hijr or Hegra (Madāʾin Ṣāli ). This paper venture into the matrilineal significance of Kamkam's funerary inscription of Hegra and its connection with the history of priestesses in Arabia and especially in north western Arabia.
In this research the author is arguing for the special status of Kamak d. of Wa'lu d. of Harmu and that she was a possible representation of a Nabataean priestess of the goddess Manat.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Ugarit to Nabataea
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Honor of John F. Healey
EditorsGeorge, Zeyad Kiraz, Al-Salameen
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherGorgias Press
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameGorgias Ugaritic Studies
PublisherGorgias Press


  • Nabataeans
  • Nabataean Women
  • Ancient Arabia
  • Ancient women's history
  • Ancient religions
  • Sacred Spaces


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