The Journal of the American Oriental Society

Journal of the American Oriental Society is an Oriental studies journal. Founded in 1842, it is a quarterly publication published by the American Oriental Society. The editor-in-chief is Paul W. Kroll.

Articles from Vol. 116, No. 1, January-March

Al-Amin's Designated Successor: The Limitations of Numismatic Evidence
Until recently, relatively little has been written on the relationship between numismatic inscriptions and Abbasid imperial policies.(1) The case I will analyze is a dirham minted in Damascus with the Muslim date 194 and inscribed with the laqab "al-Natiq...
Al-Mu Afa B. Imran and the Beginnings of the Tabaqat Literature
In a recent volume of the Cambridge History of Arabic Literature, al-Mu afa b. Imran al-Mawsili (d. ca. 185 A.H.) is credited with a Kitab Tabaqat al-muhaddithin, which is said to be the earliest biographical dictionary in Arabic.(1) No authority is...
Altaic Influences on Beijing Dialect: The Manchu Case
INTRODUCTION Chinese(1) has been characterized as being resistant to outside influence. It has been assumed that if there is any borrowing between Chinese and neighboring languages, the direction is nearly always from Chinese to the other languages,...
Are There Tannaitic Parallels to the Gospels?
This book is a disgrace to its author and a disgrace to its publisher. The scholarship is shoddy, the writing repetitious, the tone vituperative, and the argumentation flawed. "Do not think these harsh judgments exaggerated or abusive. They are well...
Confucian Piety and Individualism in Han China
Not ideas, but material and ideal interests, directly govern men's conduct. Yet very frequently ... "ideas" have, like switchmen, determined the tracks along which action has been pushed by the dynamic of interest. Max Weber, The Social Psychology of...
CT 13.33-34 and Ezekiel 32: Lion-Dragon Myths
INTRODUCTION This article examines two combat myths often left out of discussions of divine-conflict stories, discussions which tend to favor the better-known Mesopotamian tale of Marduk fighting Tiamat and the Canaanite tale of Baal, Anat, and Yahweh...
Original Insights Never Fully Present: Chan/Zen/deconstruction
Like many readers who will be curious about Bernard Faure's new book, I approach it as a person with a basic knowledge of Chan/Zen Buddhism but not as a scholar of religion; I come to the book also with a specific quest for insights on those who, in...
Prosody or Pharyngealization in Old Chinese? the Origin of the Distinction between Type A and Type B Syllables
It is a pleasure to welcome Jerry Norman(1) to the small group of scholars who are now prepared to reject the ubiquitous yod of Karlgren's reconstruction of Old Chinese, which was taken for granted by Li Fang-kuei and is still adhered to by William Baxter...
Strategies of Interpretation: Samkara's Commentary on 'Brhadaranyakopanisad.'
1. INTRODUCTION The aim of this article is to explore Samkara's theological method with reference to one of his greatest, yet little studied, commentaries.(1) I shall try to demonstrate the close link that exists between certain of Samkara's exegetical...
The 'Organon' of Aristotle in the Medieval Oriental and Occidental Traditions
From the very outset, the Organon of Aristotle had a strong impact on logical studies, both in the West and in the East. The joint effort of numerous scholars, ever since the publication of the second volume of the celebrated CAG series in 1883, has...
The Problem of Ferdowsi's Sources
Though Ferdowsi's sources have disappeared, there has been a general consensus that his major source was a written composite translation from Pahlavi texts commissioned by Abu Mansur Abd al-Razzaq, who was governor of Tus during the first twenty years...