About the Book of Origins:

A cultural project spanning 17,000 years of hitherto mainly obscure and distorted history

In addition to extensive original research, the author and his team will be using what they believe to be the ultimate tool in drawing a comprehensive map of the history and civilization of modern man - etymology. Some fine-tuning remains to be completed before a comprehensive structure of the language of Ancient Arabian is presented to fellow researchers. Nevertheless, what we have now is sufficient to begin presenting our project. Indeed the first phase of our studies has already been published. This is Volume I which was launched in London  in November 2010:



The Book of Origins

Volume I

Natural Foundations of Arab Civilisation

Origins of Alphabets, Numeration, Numerals, Measuresments

 Weights, Litigation and Money


Adel S. Bishtawi



Volume I
Let's begin this brief by revealing that Volume I of the Book of Origins was essentially the Arabic version of the Origins of Arabic Numerals - A natural history of numbers, published by AuthorHouse  in June 2011 following a limited first run primarily aimed at scholars, reviewers and others interested in the origin of the most famous of all numeric systems ever invented. It was researching the origin of the Arabic numerals and its numeral system that led us to the origin of Ancient Arabic. Once the origin of almost all numeric words was identified, work began on the origin of the entire language of Ancient Arabian.

The 13-page introduction to Volume I covered the origin of Arabic numerals then went on to present the first fruits of our etymological research of Ancient Arabic. Some of the points revealed included important human innovations such as the origin of alphabets, measures, weights, litigation and money. These are covered in 12 of the 26 chapters of volume I.

We couldn't in Volume I reveal the linguistic structure of Ancient Arabic but several important examples were presented throughout the volume, and it was actually pointed out that it is possible for researchers to have a taste of Ancient Arabic by identifying and collecting the linguistic examples contained in the book.

Origin of the Arabic Numerals: A Natural History of Numbers




Origin of the Arabic Numerals

A natural history of numbers

(AuthorHouse, 2011)

 Adel S. Bishtawi


AuthorHouse_Origin of the Arabic Numerals

Volume II
Having provided in Volume I of the Book of Origins a glimpse of the structure of Ancient Arabic, the next natural step is to unveil the lexicon and linguistic units of this most ancient of extant languages in the world. Simple and intuitive, the structure should have been discovered many centuries ago had the compilers of the first known Arabic dictionary had not chosen to deliberately obscure the true origin of the Arabian tongue or were ignorant of the existence of such an origin. Due to the pioneering work of the two lexicographers of the first known dictionary (al Ain), almost all later lexicographers either followed the original layout for their dictionaries, and made small improvements. By doing so, the origin of Ancient Arabic was further obscured.

The situation we have today as far as Arabic dictionaries are concerned can be described as containers of several thousand pieces of a jigsaw puzzle strewn over thousands of pages. Clearly, the picture these pieces are supposed to represent is missing. The format used by all dictionaries is not suitable to present Ancient Arabian. Clearly also, the task of re-building an ancient language like Arabic will take decades but we are confident it can be rebuilt to 80-90% of the original lexicon.

In Volume II of The Book of Origins we shall present the linguistic units of Ancient Arabic. For obvious reasons, we have emptied from the chart below the names of the linguistic units and their components as well as the examples given. We can't wait to present our findings but we can't make mistakes. We will not be unveiling Ancient Arabic only but also provide guidelines and keys for fellow researchers to complete our work in the future. By the end of 2012, we hope we will be in a position to publish volume II which will include thousands of examples in support of our conclusions.

The prehistoric outline structure of Ancient Arabian

Volume III
As we used bi-consonantal roots of Ancient Arabian to unveil the origin of  measurements, weights, litigation and money we will use for volume III the same etymological keys to unlock many secrets that remained hidden for thousands of years. Volume III will have several sections covering daily life of Ancient Arabians, the cosmetics of their women, their fears and hopes and their unbelievable struggle to survive. From analyzing small words, we now know what was the original pump; what the first ropes were made of; the first boats and swords; what did love and sex mean to ancient Arabians; what were their most important inventions and innovations; in what area of the Arabian Peninsula the first plough, pen and millstones were made.

Another main section of volume III will unveil the origins of geographical and important first settlements. Jericho, after all, was not the first settlement. The first settlements should have bi-consonantal lexemes. Those with three or four letters were established thousands of years later.


Volume IV
Volume IV of The Book of Origins will be dedicated to unveiling the origin of religions. It has crossed my mind to publish this last volume and disappear with my wife but that may not be necessary after all.


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