American Oriental Society


Thursday, April 3rd

3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Meeting, Editorial Board, JAOS.

Friday, April 4th

9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon. Meeting, Board of Directors.

10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Morning Registration.
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Afternoon Registration.

2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Book Exhibit.

Friday Afternoon Sectional Meetings

A. Ancient Near East I: AOS/NACAL: Linguistics. Alan S. Kaye, California State University, Fullerton, Chair (1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.)
Herrmann Jungraithmayr, Frankfurt University (Withdrawn)
Pronominal Gender Distinction in Southwestern Afroasiatic/Hamtosemitic (Chadic)
Fumi Karahashi, University of Pennsylvania
Typology of Sumerian Compound Verbs
Alan S. Kaye, California State University, Fullerton
A Text in Najdi Arabic from Jabal Tuweiq


David Testen, Saint Paul, Minnesota
A Masculine Derivational Formant in Early Semitic?
Christopher Woods,University of Chicago
The Element -re and the Organization of Erim-hus

B. Ancient Near East II: Sumerian and Akkadian Literature. Jerrold S.Cooper, The Johns Hopkins University, Chair (1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
A.J. Ferrara, University Museum, University of Pennsylvania
Bending Gender in Babylon: Inanna, Femme Fatale, the Mælstrom, and Myth Noir
Cale Johnson, University of California, Los Angeles
Sound/Image: The Multimodal Poetic Structure of Bird and Fish 102-117
Alan Lenzi, Brandeis University
siptu ul yattun and Legitimation: Reflections on a Closing Formula in Akkadian Incantations


Tzvi Abusch, Brandeis University
The Promise to Praise God in Suilla Prayers
Jacob Lauinger, University of Chicago
Anzû at Alalakh
Benjamin Studevent-Hickman, Harvard University
Language, Speech, and the Death of Anzu

C. East Asia I: Han-Six Dynasties Poetry and Language. Paul W. Kroll, University of Colorado, Chair (1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
J. Michael Farmer, Brigham Young University
"A Person of the State Composed a Poem": Protest Poems in the Records of the States South of Mt. Hua
Thomas Lavallee, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Wildly Chanting in the Suburbs: Representation of Pleasure in the Poetry of the Orchid Pavilion Gathering
Sujane Wu, Swarthmore College
Did Lu Yun (262-303) Really Shed Tears for Others?-A Comparative reading of his "Four Poems of Presentation and Reply on Behalf of Gu Yanxian and His Wife"


Meow Hui Goh, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Quest for "Harmony"-One Aspect in the Invention of Tonal Prosody in 5th Century China
Suh-Jen Yang, University of Washington
The Poetic Features of Inscription Writings in the Six Dynasties
David Prager Branner, University of Maryland
Crypto-phonograms in Chinese and the Ideography Debate

D. Islamic Near East I: Law & Hadith. Everett K. Rowson, Chair, University of Pennsylvania (2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)
Ahmad Atif Ahmad, Harvard University
The Interrelatedness of Law and Legal Theory in Islam: A Study of the Genre of Takhr¯ij al-Fur¯u` `al¯a 'al-Us¯ul
Everett K. Rowson, University of Pennsylvania
Beyond the Letter of the Law: Islamic Monographic Literature on Sodomy
Joseph E. Lowry, University of Pennsylvania
Ibn Qutayba: An Early Witness to al-Sh¯afi`¯i's Legal Doctrines


Susan Spectorsky, Queens College, CUNY
Secret Marriage in Early Fiqh Texts
Christopher Melchert, Oriental Institute, Oxford
The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal

E. South and Southeast Asia I. Patrick Olivelle, University of Texas at Austin, Chair (2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)
Life and Law
Steven E. Lindquist, University of Texas at Austin
Gender at Janaka's Court: Women in the Brhad¯araniyaka Upanisad Reconsidered
Night Queen Pankaj, Banaras Hindu University
The Status of Women as Gleaned from the Artha\'s¯astra of Kautilya
Oskar von Hinüber, Universität Freiburg
Royal Gender Studies: Queens and other Ladies from Ancient Gilgit
Ludo Rocher, University of Pennsylvania
Commentators at Work: Systematizing the Dharma\'s¯astra Texts


Donald R. Davis, Jr., University of Michigan
Convention, Legislation, and Dharma in Medieval Hindu Law: A Study of Samvidvyatikrama
Science and History
Christopher Z. Minkowski, Cornell University
S¯uryad¯asa's Investigation of the Views of Foreigners
Clemency Williams, Brown University (Withdrawn)
A Glimpse into the Transmission of Astronomical Ideas from Mesopotamia through Greece into India: Brahmagupta's Khaindakh¯adyaka and the `Valana'
Rosane Rocher, University of Pennsylvania
Sir William Jones in 1785: Unpublished Documents from the Althorp Archives

6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception for Members and Guests.

Saturday, April 5th

8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon. Morning Registration.

8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon & 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Book Exhibit.

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Breakfast for Graduate Students and Recent Ph.D.'s (Hosted by the AOS)

Saturday Morning Sectional Meetings

A. Ancient Near East III: History I: The Bronze Age. Matthew W. Stolper, University of Chicago, Chair (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
Amanda Podany, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
A Survey of Diplomatic Marriage in Mesopotamia Before the Late Bronze Age
Steven Garfinkle, Western Washington University
Mesopotamian Merchants in an Era of State Formation, 2112-1595
Jennie Myers, The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
The Importance of Sippar as a Religious and Cultural Center for the First Dynasty of Babylon
Gary Beckman, University of Michigan
An Old Babylonian Archive from Western Iran


Daniel E. Fleming, New York University
The 14th-Century Emar Texts and the Archives of Ekalte
John P. Nielsen, University of Chicago
The Arad-Sibitti Kudurru: Kin Groups and Land Alienation in Babylonia in the 10th Century B.C.
Sarah C. Melville, Clarkson University
Neo-Assyrian MÍ.É.GAL
Deborah Cantrell, Vanderbilt University
Chariots Bounding

B. East Asia II: Yuen Ren Society: Linguistics in the Service of Literature. W. South Coblin, University of Iowa, Chair (8:25 a.m-10:10 a.m.)
I. S. Gurevich, Institute of Oriental Studies, Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg)
On the Language of Pinghua (Song-Yuan Period)
Liu Shizhen
Recent Discoveries in Six Dynasties Grammar
Zev Handel, University of Washington
Examples of Text Recitations in the Old Reading Tradition of Xingtian Township, Wuyishan County, Fujian

C. East Asia III: Yuen Ren Society: Historical Dialectology. David Prager Branner, University of Maryland, Chair (10:25 a.m.-12:10 p.m.)
Gu Qian, Nanjing University.
The Loss of Voicing in Obstruents in Chinese Dialects in Historical Perspective
R. VanNess Simmons, Rutgers University
Mapping Dialect Mixture in Tongjou and Lihshoei Counties-How Dialect Geography Reveals Language History
W. South Coblin, University of Iowa
Convergence Testing in Common Systems of the Yangtze Watershed
D. Islamic Near East II: Hard Facts: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Scientific Inquiry in Medieval Islam. Dagmar Riedel, Indiana University, Chair (9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)
Michael G. Carter, Oslo University
Aspects of Technical Terminology in the Medieval Arab Sciences
Jon McGinnis, University of Pennsylvania
The Interface of Physics and Biology in the Philosophy of Ibn S¯in¯a, or Why A Good Biologist Knows His Physics?
Dagmar Riedel, Indiana University
Adab and the Sciences: Ordo Rerum and Ordo Atrium in two Pre-Mongol Encyclopedias


Kevin van Bladel, Yale University
The Arabic `Dream of Ostanes'
Tony Street, Cambridge University
Can Syllogistic be Islamic? The case of R¯az¯i and K¯atib¯i
Coeli Fitzpatrick, Grand Valley State University
The `Six non-Natural' in Medieval Arabic Medicine

E. South and Southeast Asia II: The Mah¯abh¯arata I. Stanley Insler, Yale University, Chair (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
Mary Brockington, University of Edinburgh
The R¯am¯ayania, the Harivam\'sa, and the Mah¯abh¯arata
Aditya Adarkar, Montclair State University
Against the Excavative: A New Direction for Mah¯abh¯arata Interpretation?
James L. Fitzgerald, University of Tennessee
The Oldest Tristubhs of the Mah¯abh¯arata: An Examination of the Claimed "Core" of the Epic
Gary Tubb, Columbia University
Insiders and Outsiders in the Mah¯abh¯arata


Alf Hiltebeitel, George Washington University
Krsna and Karna in the Mah¯abh¯arata
John Brockington, University of Edinburgh
Hanum¯an in the Mah¯abh¯arata
Sally Sutherland Goldman, University of California at Berkeley
Who's for Dinner: Cannibalistic Urges in the Mah¯abh¯arata

1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Afternoon Registration.

Saturday Afternoon Sectional Meetings

A. Ancient Near East IV: Special Session: Blackwell's Companion to the Ancient Near East. Daniel C. Snell, University of Oklahoma, Chair (1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Daniel C. Snell, University of Oklahoma
The Invention of the Individual
David Warburton, University of Aarhus (Withdrawn)

Peter Daniels, New York City
The Decipherment of the Ancient Near East

Mark Chavalas, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Steven Garfinkle, Western Washington University

B. East Asia IV: Yuen Ren Society: Descriptive Dialectology. R. VanNess Simmons, Rutgers University, Chair (2:00 p.m.-2:35 p.m.)
Keith Dede, Lewis and Clark College.
Comparatives in Qinghai Chinese

C. Inner Asia. Ruth I. Meserve, Indiana University, Chair (3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)
Michael R. Drompp, Rhodes College
Chinese Rhetoric and the Shaping of the Uighur Crisis (840-848)
Ron Sela, Indiana University
Rethinking Political Legitimation in 18th-Century Central Asia


Barbara Kellner-Heinkele, Freie Universität Berlin
Tsarina and Khan: Russian-Kazakh Correspondences of the 18th Century
Denis Sinor, Indiana University
Let Us Praise Dead Sinologists!

D. Islamic Near East III: Religion. Joseph E. Lowry, University of Pennsylvania, Chair (2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Paul Heck, Princeton University
The Particular as Universal: Epistemological Problems in the Buyid Period
Gabriel Said Reynolds, Yale University
From A. Mingana to C. Luxenberg: Syriac Readings of the Qur'¯an


Devin Stewart, Emory University
Theoretical Prolegomena in the Islamic Sciences
Shafique N. Virani, Harvard University
Neoplatonism, Homologues and the Ismaili Ecclesia: The Construction of an Esoteric Hierocosmos

E. Islamic Near East IV: History. Patricia Crone, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Chair (5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.)
Pierre A. Mackay, University of Washington
Lost Pages: Evliya Çelebi's Account of Agriboz/Negropont
Racha el Omari, Yale University
The First Generations of As`ar¯is: A Biographical Study


Paul Walker, University of Chicago
The Origin of the Druze
Rebecca R. Williams, McGill University
Tafs¯ir and Ta'r¯ikh: A Comparative Analysis of the Works of al-Tabar¯i
F. South and Southeast Asia III: Rosane Rocher, University of Pennsylvania, Chair (2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)
The Mah¯abh¯arata II
Robert P. Goldman, University of California at Berkeley
Plus ça change...: Ethnic Cleansing vs. Regime Change as Political and Military Strategies in the Mah¯abh¯arata and the R¯am¯ayana
Luis González-Reimann, University of California at Berkeley
The Visnu Sahasran¯ama in Historical Context
Irina Kuznetsova, University of Cambridge
Philosophy of Action: Dharma and Karmayoga
Simon Brodbeck, University of Edinburgh
Action Without Attachment in the Mah¯abh¯arata


Edeltraud Harzer, University of Texas at Austin
The Use of the First Person Imperative in the Hospitality Rites of the Mah¯abh¯arata
Greg Bailey, La Trobe University
\'Sukacarita in the \'S=antiparvan : Further Reflections on Hostility between Opponents of Pravrtti and Nivrtti .
Language and Literature
Vidyut Aklujkar, Unversity of British Columbia
Debating Divinity: Strategies of Reconciliation in ¯Anandar¯am¯ayana
Ashok Aklujkar, University of British Columbia
Mah¯abh¯asya 2.3.46 and Paribh¯asendu-\'sekhara 62-63

Sunday, April 6th

8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Morning Registration.

8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon & 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Book Exhibit.
8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Plenary Session: Sickness and Healing. Wadad A. Kadi, University of Chicago, Chair.
JoAnn Scurlock, Elmhurst College
Ancient Near East: The Interplay of "Magic," "Religion," and "Science" in Ancient Mesopotamian Medicine
Constance A. Cook, Lehigh University
East Asia: The Body as Sacred Space in Ancient China
Ruth I. Meserve, Indiana University
Inner Asia: A Mongolian Medicinal Plant List
Lawrence Conrad, Asien-Afrika-Institut, Universität Hamburg
Islamic Near East: Paradigms of Healing in Middle Eastern Medicine
Rahul Peter Das, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
South and Southeast Asia: Notion on Health and Its Imbalance in Classical South Asian Medical Texts

11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Annual Business Meeting. (All members in attendance are encouraged to attend.)

12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Buffet Luncheon for all Registered Members and Guests (Hosted by Provost, Nicholas S. Zeppos, Vanderbilt University, and Gordon Gee, Chancellor) Nashville War Memorial: 7th Ave N (Short Walk from the DoubleTree Hotel on 4th N)

1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Tour: Downtown Presbyterian Church 427 Church Street-Jim Hoobler, Guide (A Rare Example of Egyptian Revival Architecture from 1851)

Sunday Afternoon Sectional Meetings-Beginning at 2:30 p.m.

A. Ancient Near East V: Culture, Cultural Perspectives, Archaeology, and Cartography.
Martha T. Roth, University of Chicago, Chair (2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Erica Reiner, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
The Four Winds
David P. Wright, Brandeis University
The Influence of the Prologue and Epilogue of Hammurabi's Laws on the Covenant Code
Thomas Hentrich, Kyoto University (JSPS)
Who was Gomer, the '¯esèt zenûnîm (Hos 1,2)?
William W. Hallo, Yale University
Babylonian Antiquaries


Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, California State University, Los Angeles
A Monumental Hurrian âbi at Urkesh
Giorgio Buccellati, University of California, Los Angeles
The Royal Palace of Urkesh: Recent Excavations and a Browser Edition
Oscar White Muscarella, Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Date of the Early Phrygian Destruction Level at Gordion
Michael H. Porter, Casco Bay Assyriological Institute
The Digital Map of the Ancient Near East: Status and Opportunities

B. Ancient Near East VI: Language and Culture: Egypt, Hatti, the Levant.
Leo Depuydt, Brown University, Chair (2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Michael G. Hasel, Southern Adventist University
A Statistical Analysis of Foreign Name Determinatives in the "Battle of Kadesh" Accounts
Joshua T. Katz, Princeton University and Institute for Advanced Study
An Old Egyptian Visual Pun


Mary R. Bachvarova, University of Nottingham
What is Meki Doing in the Hurro-Hittite Song of Release ? A Study of wastul ("Sin") and Other Vocabulary Items
Eva von Dassow, University of Minnesota
What the Canaanite Cuneiformists Wrote

C. East Asia V: Tang Poetry. Robert Joe Cutter, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chair (2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.)
Paul W. Kroll, University of Colorado
Notes on Rhyme and Prosody in Some of Li Po's Poems
Ding Xiang Warner, Cornell University
The Two Voices of Wangchuan ji: Poetic Exchange between Wang Wei and Pei Di
Anna M. Shields, University of Arizona
The Yuanhe Poetic Contexts for a Mid-Tang Anthology, Poems for Imperial Perusal (Yulan shi)

D. East Asia VI: Metamorphic Religion in Shang and Chu China. Ding Xiang Warner, Cornell University, Chair (4:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.)
Elizabeth Childs-Johnson, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, The National Gallery of Art
Religious Metamorphism in Shang Art and Practice
Che-Mao Ts'ai, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica
Predynastic Shang Heroes and Religious Metamorphism
Gopal Sukhu, Queens College, CUNY
Metamorphic Imagery and Prefiguration in Early Chinese Literature
Michael Puett, Harvard University
Sacrifice and Transformation in Warring States and Han China
John Major, New York, Discussant

E. Islamic Near East V: Religion/History. Sidney H. Griffith, The Catholic University of America, Chair (2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Jacob Lassner, Northwestern University
Once Again: The Sanctification of Jeruslaem in Light of anti-Fad¯a'il al-Quds Texts
Sandra Toenies Keating, Providence College
Divine Attributes: The Sif¯at of the Holy Trinity in the Writings of Ab¯u R¯a'itah al-Takr¯it¯i
Sidney H. Griffith, The Catholic University of America
The Monk and the Muslim Shaykh in Jerusalem: Early Christian Apologetics in Arabic


Hamad M. Bin Seray, United Arab Emirates University (Withdrawn)
Christianity in the Arabian Gulf Region
Irina Tsybina, University of Toronto
Arabic Hollow Verbs from another Perspective: Introduction of a Third Type of Glide

F. South and Southeast Asia IV: Avesta and Veda James L. Fitzgerald, University of Tennessee, Chair (2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
P. Oktor Skjærvø, Harvard University
Avestan vahma and Yasna 34.2
Hanns-Peter Schmidt, University of California at Los Angeles
Zarathustra's Eschatology
Hans Henrich Hock, University of Illinois
Reflexivization in the Rgveda (and Beyond)
Arlo Griffiths, University of Leiden
Once Again on the Meaning of Vedic árma


Stephanie W. Jamison, University of California at Los Angeles
Sanskrit U\'san¯a K¯avya, Iranian Kauui Usan, and Friends
Signe Cohen, University of Missouri
The Riddle of Rgveda 10.106.5-8: Jabberwocky Revisited
Edwin Floyd, University of Pittsburgh
\'Sravah in the Rgveda : Fame or Reputation?
David B. Gray, Rice University
Creation Through Sacrifice: Buddhist Response to the Purusas¯ukta and the Transformation of Sacrificial Ideology
3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Book Sale.

6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Social Hour (Cash Bar)

8:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Annual Subscription Dinner

Presentation of the American Oriental Society Medal of Merit to Erica Reiner

Presidential Address (Near the Conclusion of the
Dinner, at approximately 9:15 p.m.)
Jerry Norman, University of Washington
The Manchus and their Language

Monday, April 7th

9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Book Sale Continues.

Monday Morning Sectional Meetings

A. Ancient Near East VII: History II: Post-Iron Age History and Literature.
Marie-Henriette Gates, Bilkent University, Chair (9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.)
M.W. Waters, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Cyrus and Cassandane: Dynamics of a Dynastic Marriage in the Early Persian Empire
Baruch A. Levine, New York University (Withdrawn)
The Deed of House Sale from Wadi Daliyeh (WDSP 15) in the Context of Aramaic Law


Jorunn J. Buckley, Bowdoin College
Against the Consensus: Early Mandean Texts
Joseph L. Daniels, II, University of Chicago
Rain Requests: An Analysis of the Deities' Function in Agriculture and Irrigation in Pre-Islamic Southern Arabia
B. East Asia VII: Religion and Ritual. J. Michael Farmer, Brigham Young University, Chair (9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.)
Tanya Storch, University of the Pacific
The Past Explains the Present: Law and Religious Freedom in Medieval China
Cornelius J. Kiley, Villanova University
Mogari, The Royal "Homage Funeral" of Ancient Japan

C. Islamic Near East VI: Literature. Shawkat Toorawa, Cornell University, Chair (9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)
Julia Bray, University of St Andrews
In My Beginning: Ibn `Abd Rabbih and the Good Word
Shawkat Toorawa, Cornell University
Travel in the Medieval Islamic World: The Importance of Patronage, as Illustrated by `Abd al-Lat¯if al-Baghd¯ad¯i (and others)


Tahera Qutbuddin, University of Chicago
Metaphor as Manifestation: Religious Symbolism in the Poetry of two Fatimid Tayyib¯i D¯a`¯is.
Majd Al-Mallah, Grand Valley State University
Doing Things with an Ode: Ibn Darr¯aj al-Qastal¯i's First Panegyric to al-Mans¯ur

D. South and Southeast Asia V: Religion and Philosophy. Joel P. Brereton, University of Texas at Austin, Chair (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)
Joël Dubois, Whitman College
\'Sa\.nkara's Brhad¯aranyakopanisad Bh¯asya in Light of Up¯asana Practice
Robert A. Goodding, Austin, Texas
Purusaprayatna : Personal Effort after the Attainment of Knowledge according to Vidy¯aranya
Glenn Wallis, University of Georgia
The Adikarma as `Primary Practice'
Timothy Lubin, Washington and Lee University
`\'Saiva Upanisads' as Upanisads and as \'Saiva


Robert A. Yelle, Southern Illinois University
Chanting the Cosmogony: Hindu Tantric Rituals for Making Mantras Effective
Peter Scharf, Brown University
Interpreting Upanisads: Sa\.mjñ¯a
Priyawat Kuanpoonpol, Ramkamhaeng University
Buddhism and the Concept of Vyavah¯ara in Kashmir \'Saivism

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