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. 117, No. 3, July-September

Agent-Less Indirect Adjectival Verb Forms in Egyptian and Arabic: The Case of Jrrw N.F. and Maf Ul Lahu, "For Whom One Acts."
Wolfgang Schenkel Tubingensi sexagenario Past discussions of those peculiar Egyptian verb forms that are sufficiently defined by the three terms "agent-less," "indirect," and "adjectival" have focused on three issues: their location in the verbal system,...
Arabs, Persians, and the Advent of the Abbasids Reconsidered
The Abbasid revolution, as R. Stephen Humphreys has observed, is "one of the very few topics in Islamic historical studies" to have "engendered a substantial scholarly literature."(1) That literature continues to expand rapidly, as evidenced directly...
A Second Look at the 'Towa Sanyo': Clues to the Nature of the Guanhuah Studied by Japanese in the Early Eighteenth Century
In an earlier article, I examined the phonology of the Towa sanyo [Chinese Text Omitted] and demonstrated that despite a Wu dialect-like cast, the sound system of the language represented in the text is actually a form of Mandarin.(2) Further to illuminate...
Graphs, Words, and Meanings: Three Reference Works for Shang Oracle-Bone Studies, with an Excursus on the Religious Role of the Day or Sun
The three works under review should do much to open up the field of Shang oracle-bone inscriptions to scholars with general sinological training. All those who, without immersing themselves in the challenges of epigraphic interpretation, wish to address...
On Studying Medieval Arabic Logic
This book was originally a doctoral dissertation, submitted in 1992. It is a very solid piece of scholarship, and does great credit to the author and to the University of Leiden. It has been included in the series Islamic Theology, Philosophy, and Science,...
Remarks on the Vedic Intensive
This book, which represents a revised version of Christiane Schaefer's 1989 doctoral dissertation, addresses various problems of the intensive, a fascinating, but rather neglected category of the Vedic verb. It consists of two parts of more or less equal...
Tadmin, "Implication of Meaning," in Medieval Arabic
1. INTRODUCTION The concept of tadmin as a semantic, and to a lesser extent grammatical, phenomenon has received only sporadic attention by Western scholars. In 1934 the Arabic Language Academy of Egypt (henceforth referred to as ALA) devoted considerable...
The Chronology of Capernaum in the Early Islamic Period
Capernaum, on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, is the site of an ancient village and a monumental stone synagogue. The synagogue, surrounded by a Roman-Byzantine village, is located on property in the custody of the Franciscan order. To the...
The Lu-School Reading of "Guanju" as Preserved in an Eastern Han Fu
"Guanju" [Chinese Text Omitted] ("The Calling Ospreys") is the first poem in the Shi jing [Chinese Text Omitted] or Classic of Songs, an anthology at the core of the classical Chinese canon.(1) As the first poem in that collection, "Guanju" holds a place...
Virasaivism, Caste, Revolution, Etc
Western understanding of what Virasaivism is and of its place in Indian religious history and modern South Indian society is rather limited, in spite of its socio-religious relevance in southern India. In recent years it has become better known to a...
Who Inspired Panini? Reconstructing the Hindu and Buddhist Counter-Claims
The tradition of Paninian Grammar as it has reached us clearly believes that Panini was inspired by Mahesvara/Siva to write his grammar, and that he received at least the first fourteen sutras, which are traditionally called Sivasutrani or Mahesvarasutrani,...
Zippalanda and Ankuwa: The Geography of Central Anatolia in the Second Millennium B.C
The recently published book Zippalanda: Ein Kultzentrum im hethitischen Kleinasien appears at a very appropriate time and is bound to spur further research into a variety of interesting questions related to Hittite history and geography. As the most...