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. 132, No. 1, January-March

8. Agyptologische Tempeltagung: Interconnections between Temples
8. Agyptologische Tempeltagung: Interconnections between Temples. Edited by MONIKA DOLISISKA and HORST BEINLICH. Kdnigtum, Staat and Gesellschaft friiher Hochkulturen, vol. 3,3. Wiesbaden: HARRASSOWITZ VERLAG, 2010. Pp. x + 237, illus., CD-ROM. [euro]68...
A Dictionary of Pali
A Dictionary of Pali, pt. 2: g-n. By MARGARET CONE. Bristol: PALI TEXT SOCIETY, 2010. Pp. x + 653. [pounds sterling]40. A Critical Pali Dictionary, vol. 3, fasc. 8, Kamadhatu-kareti. Edited by OSKAR VON HINUBER). Bristol: PALI TEXT SOCIETY, 2011....
Altorientalische Und Biblische Rechtsgeschichte: Gesammelte Studien
Altorientalische und biblische Rechtsgeschichte: Gesammelte Studien. By ECKART OTTO. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift ftir Altorientalische und Biblische Rechtsgeschichte, vol. 8. Wiesbaden: HARRASSOWITZ VERLAG, 2008. Pp. vii + 662. [euro]98. This volume...
A New Dictionary of Jewish Babylonian Aramaic
Dictionary making is not an easy undertaking, and consequently many dictionaries for various Semitic languages are outdated, unusable, or not available. The necessity for proper scholarly dictionaries as an indispensable tool for research does not...
A Research Note on the Textual Formation of the "Ziyi"
This study offers a detailed analysis of an important but neglected passage from the Early Chinese text "Ziyi" [??] (Black robe). Through a careful comparison of the three extant versions of this text--two manuscript versions and a third received version...
Assur-Gott, Stadt and Land: 5. Internationales Colloquium Des Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft, 18.-21. Februar 2004 in Berlin
Assur--Gott, Stadt and Land: 5. Internationales Colloquium des Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft, 18.-21. Februar 2004 in Berlin. Edited by JOHANNES RENGER. Wiesbaden: HARRASSOWITZ VERLAG. 2011. Pp. xiii + 470. illus. [euro]45. One of the happy consequences...
Avicenna. the Physics of the Healing: A Parallel English-Arabic Text in Two Volumes
Avicenna. The Physics of The Healing: A Parallel English-Arabic Text in Two Volumes. Translated by JON MCGINNIS. Islamic Translation Series. Provo, Utah: BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2009. pp. xxxiv 259 259 arabic: xi 304 260 arabic. $49.95. ...
Berliner Pahlavi-Dokumente: Zeugnisse Spatsassanidischer Brief- Und Rechtskultur Aus Fruhislamischer Zeit
Berliner Pahlavi-Dokumente: Zeugnisse spatsassanidischer Brief- und Rechtskultur aus fruhislamischer Zeit. By DIETER WEBER, with contributions of MYRIAM KRUTZSCH and MARIA MACUCH. Iranica, vol. 15. Wiesbaden: HARRASSOWITZ, 2008. Pp. xxxi + 286, 46...
Continuity and Innovation in the Aramaic Legal Tradition
Continuity and Innovation in the Aramaic Legal Tradition. By ANDREW D. GROSS. Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism, vol. 128. pp. xii 229. map. Leiden: BRILL, 2008. $142. In this book Gross sets out to determine the degree to which...
Dictionary of Bhakti: North-Indian Bhakti Texts into Khari Boli Hindi and English
Dictionary of Bhakti: North-Indian Bhakti Texts into Khari Boli Hindi and English. By WINAND CALLEWAERT, with the assistance of SWAPNA SHARMA. New Delhi: D. K. PRINTWORLD, 2009. 3 vols. Pp. 2187. Those interested in the devotional literature of...
Die Ahhijawa-Frage, Mit Einer Kommentierten Bibliographie
Die Ahhijawa-Frage, mit einer kommentierten Bibliographie. By ROBERT FISCHER. Dresdner Beitrage zur Hethitologie. vol. 26. Wiesbaden: HARRASSOWITZ VERLAG, 2010. pp. vii + 125. [euro]29.80 (paper). Robert Fischer's Die Ahhijawa-Frage, an adaptation...
Edition, Editions: L'Ecrit Au Tibet, Evolution et Devenir
Edition, editions: L'Ecrit au Tibet, evolution et devenir. Edited by ANNE CHAYET, CRISTINA SCHERRER-SCHAUB, FRAKOISE ROBIN, and JEAN-Luc ACHARD. Collectanea Himalayica, vol. 3. Munich: INDUS VERLAG, 2010. Pp. xiii + 469. [euro]59. The third in Indus's...
From Hellenism to Islam: Cultural and Linguistic Change in the Roman near East
From Hellenism to Islam: Cultural and Linguistic Change in the Roman Near East. Edited by HANNAH M. COTTON; ROBERT G. HOYLAND: JONATHAN J. PRICE: and DAVID J. WASSERSTEIN. Cambridge: CAMBRIDGE UNIV. PRESS. 2010. Pp. xxx + 481. $125. Identity is...
Ganitasarakaumudi: The Moonlight of the Essence of Mathematics, by Thakkura Pheru
Ganitasarakaumudi: The Moonlight of the Essence of Mathematics, by Thakkura Pheru. Edited with Introduction, Translation, and Mathematical Commentary by SAKHYA (SREERAMULA RAJESWARA SARMA, TAKANORI KUSUBA, TAKAO HAYASHI, AND MICHIO YANO). NEW Delhi:...
God and Logic in Islam: The Caliphate of Reason
God and Logic in Islam: The Caliphate of Reason. By JOHN WALBRIDGE. New York: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2011. pp. xvi + 211. $90. Scholarship of the past fifty years on Islamic intellectual history has tended to focus on either the early, formative...
Ibn Hajar
Ibn Hajar. By R. KEVIN JAQUES. Makers of Islamic Civilization. Oxford: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2009. pp. x 156. [pounds sterling]10.99 paper. Roy Mottahedeh once observed in the pages of this journal (vol. 95 [19751: 495) that "ulamalogy"--the...
Islam in the Middle Ages: The Origins and Shaping of Classical Islamic Civilization
Islam in the Middle Ages: The Origins and Shaping of Classical Islamic Civilization. By JACOB LASSNER AND MICHAEL BONNER. Santa Barbara, Calif.: PRAEGER, 2010. Pp. xxiv + 343. $54.95. In their preface to Islam in the Middle Ages, the two eminent...
Ismaili and Fatimid Studies in Honor of Paul E. Walker
Ismaili and Fatimid Studies in Honor of Paul E. Walker. Edited by BRUCE D. CRAIG. Chicago Studies on the Middle East, vol. 7. Chicago: MIDDLE EAST DOCUMENTATION CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, 2010. Pp. xxi + 214. $59.95. Over the past twenty years...
Judeo-Kashani: A Central Iranian Plateau Dialect
The city of Kashan (Kagan) in central Iran saw the quick disappearance of its Jewish community in the mid-twentieth century. The Jewish population of the city dwindled from thousands in the 1940s (Razmara, 3: 223; cf. Yeroushalmi, 68, 72, 82) to a...
Kitab Sibawayhi: Syntax and Pragmatics
Kitab Sibawayhi: Syntax and Pragmatics. By AMAL E. MAROGY. Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics, vol. 56. Leiden: BRILL, 2010. Pp. xviii + 238. $160. In the preface of the book under review the author asks why yet another book on Kitab Sibawayhi....
Le Soufisme a L'epoque Ottomane, XVIe-XVIIIe sieclelSufism in the Ottoman Era. 16th-18th Century
Le soufisme a l'epoque ottomane, XVIe--XVIIIe sieclelSufism in the Ottoman Era. 16th-18th Century. Edited by RACHIDA CHIN and CATHERINE MAYEUR-JAOUEN. Cahier des Annales Islamologiques, vol. 29. Cairo: INSTITUT FRAKAIS D'ARCHEOLOGIE ORIENTALE, 2010....
Letters of a Sufi Scholar: The Correspondence of 'Abd Al-Ghani Al-Nabulusi (1641-1731)
Letters of a Sufi Scholar: The Correspondence of 'Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi (1641-1731). By SAMER AKKACH. Islamic History and Civilization, vol. 74. Leiden: BRILL, 2009. Pp. xxiv + 134 + 378 (Arabic). $232. At its essence, Letters of a Sufi Scholar...
Material Culture and Philology: Semantics of Mining in Ancient India
For readers of JAOS the bold claim made in an otherwise sympathetic article by Michelle R. Warren may come as a surprise: "Philology has been more often irrelevant than controversial within mainstream critical debates. With the expansion of electric...
Mathematics and Medicine in Sanskrit
Mathematics and Medicine in Sanskrit. Edited by DOMINIK WUJASTYK. Papers of the 12th World Sanskrit Conference, vol. 7. Delhi: MOTILAL BANARSIDASS, 2009. pp. viii 208. rs. 600. This volume contains versions of slightly more than half the papers...
Musker Und Phryger: Ein Beitrag Zur Geschichte Anatoliens Vom 12. Bis Zum 7. Jh. V. Chr
Musker und Phryger: Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte Anatoliens vom 12. bis zum 7. Jh. V. Chr. By ANNE-MARIA WATKE. Beihefte zum Tubinger Atlas des Vorderen Orients, series B, vol. 99. Wiesbaden: DR. LUDWIG REICHERT VERLAG. 2004. pp. xvi 389, maps. [euro]45...
Muslims, Scholars, Soldiers: The Origin and Elaboration of the Ibadi Imamate Traditions
Muslims, Scholars, Soldiers: The Origin and Elaboration of the Ibadi Imamate Traditions. By ADAM R. GAISER. AAR Academy Series. Oxford: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2010. Pp. xiv + 203. $74. The Ibitcliyya are the only remnant of the second broad opposition...
Nuzi Texts and Their Uses as Historical Evidence
Nuzi Texts and Their Uses as Historical Evidence. By MAYNARD PAUL MAIDMAN. Writings from the Ancient World, vol. 18. Atlanta: SOCIETY OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE, 2010. Pp. xxvi + 296. $34.95. In this book M. P. Maidman offers in transliteration and...
Oath Formulas in Biblical Hebrew
Oath Formulas in Biblical Hebrew. By BLANE CONKLIN. Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic, vol. 5. Winona Lake, Ind.: EISENBRAUNS. pp. xii 106. $34.50. In this slim volume based upon his 2005 University of Chicago dissertation completed under...
Sasanian Iran (224-651 CE): Portrait of a Late Antique Empire
Sasanian Iran (224-651 CE): Portrait of a Late Antique Empire. By TOURAJ DARYAEE. Costa Mesa, Calif.: MAZDA PUBLISHERS, 2008. Pp. xxiii + 140, maps, illus. $25 (paper). Touraj Daryaee's work is a brief introduction to the Sasanian Empire, which...
Sasanian Society
Sasanian Society. By AHMAD TAFAZZOLI. Ehsan yarshater distinguished lecture series, vol. 1. New York: BIBLIOTHECA PERSICA PRESS, 2000. Pp. v + 71 (paper). This handsome booklet on Sasanian Society contains the sum of three lectures delivered at...
Soufisme, Religion et Medecine En Islam Indien
Soufisme, religion et medecine en Islam indien. By FABRIZIO SPEZIALE. Paris: EDITIONS KARTHALA, 2010. Pp. 302. [euro]25 (paper). In Soufisrne, religion et medecine en Islam indien, Fabrizio Speziale makes a compelling case that Sufis played a key...
The Book of Amos in Emergent Judah
The Book of Amos in Emergent Judah. By JASON RADINE. Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 2. Reihe, vol. 45. Tiibingen: MOHR SIEBECK, 2010. Pp. xii + 270. [euro]59 (paper). The Book of Amos in Resurgent Judah is a slightly revised doctoral dissertation...
The Deuteronomic History and the Book of Chronicles: Scribal Works in an Oral World
The Deuteronomic History and the Book of Chronicles: Scribal Works in an Oral World. By RAYMOND E PERSON, JR. Ancient Israel and Its Literature, vol. 6. Atlanta: SOCIETY OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE, 2010. Pp. xii + 205. $26.95 (paper). The book under...
The Mind Behind the Gospels: A Commentary to Matthew 1-14
The Mind Behind the Gospels: A Commentary to Matthew 1-14. By HERBERT BASSER. Reference Library of Jewish Intellectual History. Boston: ACADEMIC STUDIES PRESS, 2010. Pp. xvii + 377. $69. While the methodologies that commentators use to unlock the...
The Old Astronomical Significance of the Glyph and the Word Sui < *Swats
The glyph &lt;[??]&gt;, writing the word sui &lt; *swats 'year, etc.', has often been considered a phono-semantic compound incorporating &lt;[??]&gt;, this writing the once similar-sounding word yue &lt; *wat 'battle-axe'. However, the present study...
The Origin of the Khatvanga Staff
In its most widely known meaning, the Sanskrit word khatvariga denotes the skull-adorned staff carried by Siva and commonly found in visual and literary representations of that deity, especially in representations of his particularly fearsome aspect...
The Philosophical Traditions of India: An Appraisal
The Philosophical Traditions of India: An Appraisal. By RAFFAELE TORELLA. Translated by Kenneth Frederick Hurry. Varanasi: INDICA Boom, 2011. Pp. 269. One can only welcome K. E Hurry's English translation of Raffaele Torella's masterly introduction...
The Politics of Dead Kings
The Politics of Dead Kings. Forschungen zum Alten Testament 2. Reihe, vol. 48. By MATTHEW J. SURIANO. Tuibingen: MOHR SIEBECK, 2010. pp. xvi 203. [euro]54. This is a revised version of a dissertation supervised by W. M. Schniedewind at the University...
Vier Neue Erklarungsvorschlage Fur Den Agyptischen Pflanzennamen Auf oDeM 723,5
In oDeM 723, 5 (1) ist am Anfang der Zeile ein Wort mit Pflanzendeterminativ nachweisbar, das in der Bearbeitung von Grandet (2) [??] [??] [??] gelesen worden ist. Die "snr" (3)-Pflanze ist himreichend oft belegt, so dass sich das Problem scheinbar...
William J. Gedney's Concise Saek-English English-Saek Lexicon
William J. Gedney's Concise Saek-English English-Saek Lexicon. Edited with an introduction by THOMAS JOHN HUDAK. Oceanic Linguistics Special Publication, no. 37. Honolulu: UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI'I PRESS, 2010. Pp. ix + 252. $35. William J. Gedney (1915-1999)...
Word-Class Flexibility in Classical Chinese: Verbal and Adverbial Uses of Nouns
Word-Class Flexibility in Classical Chinese: Verbal and Adverbial Uses of Nouns. By LUKAS ZADRAPA. Conceptual History and Chinese Linguistics, vol. 2. Leiden: BRILL, 2011. Pp. xii + 256. $151. This is the first book-length study in any Western language...