The Himyar adopted Nasr[1] as their god, and worshipped it in a place called Balkha[2]'. I have not, however, heard of the Himyar naming any of their members after Nasr (i.e. 'Abd- Nasr]. Nor have I heard of any mention of Nasr in the poetry of the Arabs. I think this is because the Himyar relinquished idolatry and embraced Judaism during the reign of Tubba[3]'.



1. Ryckmans, vol. i, p.23; Wellhausen, pp.22-24.

2. Buldan, vol.1, p. 714, vol. iv, pp.780-781.

3. Tubba' is the royal title of the kings of the second Himyarite kingdom (ca. A.D. 300-325, interrupted only by the first Abyssinian period, A.D. 340-378). D. Nielsen, Handbuch der altarabischen Altertumskunde, vol.i. Die altarabische Kultur, Copenhagen, 1927, p.105.