Alois Musil in the «Ard el-Kerak»

A Compendium of Musil’s Itineraries- Observations and Comments from Surveys in 2005-2006

by Udo Worschech (Author)
Monographs 106 Pages


The volume gives a summary and evaluation of Alois Musil’s travels in the Ard el-Kerak, the ancient Moabitis, during the years 1896 to 1902. References are made to his records and observations regarding Biblical sites and the customs of settled and nomadic tribes in the Kerak region at that time. The volume is also intended to give credit to the meticulous work of A. Musil (1868-1944) and the valuable information he gave about the geography and topography of the ancient Moabite territory. Musil faithfully recorded the Arabic names of all the landscapes, roadways, watercourses, wadis, and ancient ruins he encountered. These are still neglected in modern discussions about the archaeology and history of ancient Moab. This volume is intended to help researchers of the region to find their way, following in A. Musil’s footsteps and, hopefully, gain more insights into this land from his work called Arabia Petraea I.


ISBN (Softcover)
Musil, Alois Kerak Ausgrabung Geschichte 1896-1902 Survey Archaeologie Bibelwissenschaft Ethnologie Jordanien
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. 20,8 x 29,5 cm, 106 pp., num. fig.

Biographical notes

Udo Worschech (Author)

The Author: Udo Worschech, born in 1942; degree in Theology and Biblical Archaeology from Andrews University (USA); doctorate from the University of Frankfurt am Main (Germany); from 1971 on lecturer at Marienhöhe Theological Seminary (Darmstadt, Germany); guest lecturer at the University of Frankfurt am Main from 1984 on; excavations in Tell Hesbon (Jordan), Tell Masos (Negev); since 1983 archaeological research and excavations in Central Jordan; Excavations in el-Bālūc (Balua) since 1986; lecturer at Friedensau Adventist University (Friedensau, Germany) since 1993; president since 1996; head of the Institute for Old Testament and Archaeology, co-editor of the Friedensauer Schriftenreihe and editor of the «Contributions to the exploration of the ancient Ard-el-Kerak».


Title: Alois Musil in the «Ard el-Kerak»