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King Offa and the Muslim inscription: Linking Welsh borders and Islam

August 13, 2021

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Humphrey Fisher is not the first link between the Welsh borders and Islam! The  fantastic Muslim Museum Initiative includes a coin that King Offa had minted with an Arabic inscription. Fascinating how the contact goes back so far: http://muslimmuseum.org.uk/king-offas-dinar/

Offa’s dyke runs through Newchurch, where Humphrey lives, and he has walked many sections of the Offa’s Dyke Path, little realising the connection with his academic work on Islamic history!

Off’as gold coin with Arabic inscription

Indeed another section on the website shows the Celtic cross with Islamic inscription, physical evidence of the long-thought of links between the Celtic and Arabic worlds.

Here is the text on the MMI website, courtesy of the British Museum where the coin is held.

In 773-774 King Offa of Mercia minted a coin that imitated a dinar. It bears the shahadah (Islamic declaration of faith). It is on display at the British Museum.

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