Thursday, March 17th

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

Friday, March 18th

9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. AOS Board of Directors Meeting. Cook Room

9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Morning Registration. Bromley-Claypoole Room
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Afternoon Registration and Book Exhibit. Bromley-Claypoole Room

Friday Afternoon Sectional Meetings

A. Ancient Near East I: AOS/NACAL: Linguistics.
Maynard P. Maidman, York University, Chair (1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.) Ballroom AB
Peter Daniels, New York City
Alphabets and Encyclopedias
Rebecca Hasselbach, Cambridge, MA
Preservation and Loss of '1-5 in Sargonic Akkadian
John Huehnergard and Na'ama Pat-El, Harvard University
Cleft Sentences in Semitic Languages
John A. Cook, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Typology and the Biblical Hebrew Verb

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John Huehnergard, Harvard University
Hebrew Verbs I-w / y and a Proto-Semitic Sound Rule
David Testen, Reston, Virginia
Some Anomalous Broken Plural Formations and the Prehistory of Arabic
Alan S. Kaye, California State University, Fullerton
Vocalism in Arabic and the History of the Language
Elitzur Avraham Bar-Asher, Harvard University
The Pattern of qtil li in Syriac and Babylonian Aramaic

B. Inner Asia. Linguistics, Historical Ethnography, and History. Reuven Amitai, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Chair (2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.) Ballroom E
Gregory D. S. Anderson, MPI-EVA/Leipzig and University of Oregon
Natural Change, Obsolescent Change and Language Contact in Tofa and Middle Chulym
Ilya Yakubovich, University of Chicago, and Yutaka Yoshida, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
Sogdian Samgh¯atas¯utra

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Denis Sinor, Indiana University
Skiing in Ancient and Medieval Inner Asia
Reuven Amitai, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mongol Provincial Administration: Palestine in 1260 as a Case-Study
C. Islamic Near East I: Qur'¯an. Devin Stewart, Chair, Emory University (1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.) Ballroom D
Gabriel Said Reynolds, Notre Dame University
Why is Abraham's Wife Laughing in Qur'¯an 11:71?
Bruce Fudge, New York University
The Clear and the Confounded: Im¯am¯i and Mu`tazil¯i Exegesis of Qur'¯an 3:7
Alford T. Welch, Michigan State University
A Summary of Research on the Most Popular Lists of the Ninety Nine Names of God as they Relate to the Qur'¯an

D. Islamic Near East II: Qur'¯an & Law. Susan Spectorsky, Queens College, CUNY (3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.) Ballroom D
Everett K. Rowson, New York University
Straight or Gay? The Curious Exegetical History of Qur'¯an 4:15-16
Michael G. Carter, University of Oslo
Foreign Words in the Qur'¯an and the Implications for Us¯ul al-Fiqh

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Khalid Yahya Blankinship, Temple University
The Sulh verse (Qur'¯an 4:128) and its Rival Classical Interpretations
Susan Spectorsky, Queens College, CUNY
Two Examples of the Use of Qur'¯an Verses in Early Fiqh Texts
E. South and Southeast Asia I. (2:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.) Cook Room
1. Linguistics. Stephanie W. Jamison, University of California Los Angeles, Chair
Signe Cohen, University of Missouri
Regional Variations in the Indus Script
Hartmut Scharfe, University of California Los Angeles
k¯araka in P¯anini's Grammar
Masato Kobayashi, Hakuoh University
P¯anini and Irregular Retroflexion in Vedic Samhit¯as
Ashok Aklujkar, University of British Columbia
When Do laksanaika-caksuska and laksyaika-caksuska Apply? (Part 2)
Peter Scharf, Brown University
The Articulation of anusv¯ara and visarga

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2. Lokas and Locations: The Transformative Power of Travel to Sacred Worlds. Tamara S. J. Lanaghan, Harvard University, Chair
Neelima Shukla Bhatt, Wellesley College
Transportation and Transformation in the Hagiography of Narasinha Meht¯a
Kristin Scheible, Bard College
Relocating the Light of the Dhamma in the P¯ali Mah¯avamsa
Tamara S. J. Lanaghan, Harvard University
Finding Kashi in Kolhapur: Mirroring a North Indian Sacred City in South India
Timothy Dobe, Harvard Divinity School
Friday Evening

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Reception: To Celebrate the Memory of George Makdisi, and the Publication of Law and Education in Medieval Islam: Studies in Memory of George Makdisi , edited by Joseph E. Lowry, Devin Stewart and Shawkat M. Toorawa. Ballroom D

6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception for Members and Guests. Hamilton Room

Saturday March 19th

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

8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Morning Registration and Book Exhibit. Bromley-Claypoole Room

Saturday Morning Sectional Meetings

A. Ancient Near East II: Sumerian Archæology, Art History, and Language. Steve Tinney, University of Pennsylvania, Chair (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Ballroom AB
Sarah J. Scott, University of Pennsylvania
Sign, Symbol, and Figure in Early Dynastic I Mesopotamia
Jon Taylor, University of Birmingham, England
The Cuneiform Digital Palaeography Project
Niek Veldhuis, University of California, Berkeley
The Digital Corpus of Cuneiform Lexical Texts

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Cale Johnson, University of California, Los Angeles
The Definiteness Effect in the Semitic Construct State, Relativization in Akkadian, and the Sumerian Comparanda
Gonzalo Rubio, Pennsylvania State University
Reading Sumerian Names, or How to Split Hairs on a Bald Head
Fumi Karahashi, University of Pennsylvania
Relative Clauses in Sumerian: An Experimental Syntactic Analysis

B. East Asia I: Chinese History and Religion. Richard VanNess Simmons, Rutgers University, Chair (9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) Flower Room
David W. Pankenier, Lehigh University
Acknowledging the Other: An Astrological Paradigm Shift in Early Imperial China
Jia Jinhua, City University of Hong Kong [withdrawn]
Examination of the Hongzhou-School Literature of Chinese Chan Buddhism
Ian Chapman, Princeton University
The Birthday as Festival in Six Dynasties to Tang China

C. Islamic Near East III: Law. Everett K. Rowson, New York University, Chair (9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.) Ballroom D
Joseph E. Lowry, University of Pennsylvania
The First Islamic Legal Theory: Reconsidering Ibn al-Muqaffa`'s Ideas on Interpretation and Authority
Jonathan E. Brockopp, Pennsylvania State University
Early Islamic Law: a New Text
Christopher Melchert, University of Oxford
The Musannaf of Ibn Abî Shaybah
D. Islamic Near East IV: Law. David S. Powers, Cornell University, Chair (11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) Ballroom D
Kevin Reinhart, Dartmouth College "The Shar` of those before us": The Authority of non-Muslim Scriptures over Muslims, and of Muslim Revelation over non-Muslims
Mark Wagner, New York University
Pious Fraud or Pragmatic Integration? The Case of the Kuhl¯an¯i Synagogue in San`¯a' (1933-1936)
Devin Stewart, Emory University
Al-Sayraf¯i's Manual of Jursiprudence: Kit¯ab al-Dal¯a'il wa'l-A`l¯am

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David S. Powers, Cornell University
Law and Sufism in the Maghrib in the 8th/14th Century
Himmet Taskomur, Harvard University
How a Relative Knowledge of Fiqh Can Represent Universal Knowledge of the Shar¯i`a : the Madhhabology of Muhy al-Din al-Kafiyaji (879/1474)

E. South and Southeast Asia II: The Avesta and the Vedic Tradition. James L. Fitzgerald, University of Tennessee, Chair (9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.) Cook Room
Jarrod L. Whitaker, University of Texas at Austin [withdrawn]
Male Identity in Ancient India: nár , v¯irá , and \'sura in the Rgveda
Stephanie W. Jamison, University of Claifornia, Los Angeles
Vasistha and the Poetics of Reference
Stanley Insler, Yale University
Zarathustra's Genetic System
Scott L. Harvey, University of Texas at Austin
What's a Mahis¯i like You Doing in a P¯ada like This?

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Walker Trimble, University of Pennsylvania
Ritual Punctuation in the Manuscripts of the University of Pennsylvania
Richard Salomon, University of Washington
The Indo-Greek Era of 186/5 B.C.
Joël Dubois, California State University, Sacramento
The Ritual Context for \'Sa\.nkara's Adhy¯asa
Bogdan Diaconescu, University of Lausanne
Searching God in the Vedic Sentence: Udayana on Verbal Affix and Sentence Cognition

1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Afternoon Registration and Book Exhibit. Bromley-Claypoole Room

Saturday Afternoon Sectional Meetings

A. Ancient Near East III: Sumero-Babylonian History, Literature, and Religion. Jack M. Sasson, Vanderbilt University, Chair (1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.) Ballroom AB
William W. Hallo, Yale University [withdrawn]
A Sumerian Apocryphon? The Royal Correspondence of Ur Reconsidered
Nicole Brisch, Cornell University
The Divine Kingship of Shu-Sin of Ur
Tonia Sharlach, Harvard Divinity School
Women's Religion at the Ur III Court?
Richard E. Averbeck, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
The Gods in Sumerian Historiography

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Piotr Micha owski, University of Michigan
The Strange History of the History of the Tummal
Francesca Rochberg, University of California, Riverside
Astral Deities in Ancient Mesopotamia
Claus Wilcke, Universität Leipzig
Epic, Play or What? Or: How was the `Epic' of "Enmerkar and Ensuhgirana" Performed?
Alhena Gadotti, The Johns Hopkins University
Gilgames, Gudam and the Bard in Sumerian Literature

B. East Asia II: Chinese Literature and Linguistics. Paul W. Kroll, Chair, University of Colorado, Chair (2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.) Flower Room
Kong Xurong, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The scope of the wu in yongwu fu
Sujane Wu, Swarthmore College
The Final and Unique Literary Piece of Lu Yun (262-303): The "Rhapsody on the Southern Expedition" (Nanzheng fu )
Richard VanNess Simmons, Rutgers University
The Delights of Dialect Fieldwork: Discoveries Made at a Taixing Memorial to a Hero of the Korean War

C. Islamic Near East V: Literature. Philip F. Kennedy, New York University, Chair (2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.) Ballroom D
Bo Holmberg, Lund University
`Abd Al-Ham¯id's Ris¯ala on the Purchase of Slave-Girls
Jocelyn Sharlet, University Of California, Davis
Building Descriptions in the Poetry of al-Sar¯i al-Raff¯a'
Wolfhart P. Heinrichs, Harvard University
Saf¯ al-D¯n al-Hill¯i's Auto-Anthology
D. Islamic Near East VI: Religion and Thought. Wolfhart Heinrichs, Harvard University, Chair (4:00 p.m.-5:30p.m.) Ballroom D
Racha El Omari, Yale University
Ab¯u 'l-Q¯asim al-Bal¯i/al-Ka`b¯i's Doctrine on Human Knowledge
Maurice A. Pomerantz, University Of Chicago
Khil¯afah and Mulk : Political Thought in the Epistles of al-S¯ahib Ism¯a`¯il ibn `Abb¯ad
Eli Alshech, Princeton University
Rethinking Modesty Regulations: a New Reading of Early Islamic Law
Robert Morrison, Whitman College
Responses to Ptolemy in Andalusia

E. South and Southeast Asia III: Religion. Christopher Z. Minkowski, Cornell University, Chair (2:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.) Cook Room
Patrick Olivelle, University of Texas at Austin
Visnu-Smrti : Explorations in a Forgotten Dharma\'s¯atra
Donald R. Davis, Jr., University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Contributions of Ludo Rocher to the Study of Hindu Law
Richard D. Mann, McMaster University
On Skandagraha : The Early Cult of Skanda in Kus¯ana India
Frederick M. Smith, University of Iowa
Names of grahas in the Madanamah¯arnava

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Vidyut Aklujkar, University of British Columbia
Is She or Is She Not S¯it¯a? The Identity of P¯arvat¯i and S¯it¯a in ¯Ananda-r¯am¯ayana
Kengo Harimoto, University of Groningen
Cande\'svara and the Original Skandapur¯ana
Gudrun Bühnemann, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Identification of an Illustrated Hathayoga Manuscript and Its Significance for Traditions of Eighty-four ¯Asanas in Yoga
Justin McDaniel, University of California, Riverside
Notes on the Teaching of P¯ali Grammar in Thailand

Saturday Evening


6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Reception for Members and their Guests Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archæology and Anthropology, 3260 South Street

Sunday, March 20th

8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Morning Registration and Book Exhibit. Bromley-Claypoole Room

8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Plenary Session: Scripts and Writing. Patrick Olivelle, University of Texas, Chair. Ballroom AB
Christopher Woods, University of Chicago, Oriental Institute
Ancient Near East: On the Typology of Pristine Writing Systems
To be Announced
East Asia:
Beatrice Gruendler, Yale University
Islamic Near East: Vowel versus Consonant in the Arabic Script
Richard Salomon, University of Washington
South and Southeast Asia: On Alphabetical Order in India, and Elsewhere


11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Annual Business Meeting. (All members are encouraged to attend.) Ballroom AB

1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Book Exhibit. Bromley-Claypoole Room

Sunday Afternoon Sectional Meetings

A. Ancient Near East IV: Mesopotamian Archæology and History. Mark Chavalas, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Chair (2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.) Ballroom E
Judy Bjorkman, Owego, New York
Taming the Spirits? - The Phenomenology of Closure Deposits
Seth Richardson, University of Chicago, Oriental Institute
Countrysides: Modeling a Babylonian Exurbia
Magnus Widell, University of Chicago, Oriental Institute
Modeling Mesopotamia: Preliminary Findings from the Upper Khabur
Glenn M. Schwartz, The Johns Hopkins University
Excavations at Umm el Marra, Syria, 2002 and 2004

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Sally Dunham, Yale University
Status and Identity: Objects from Early Bronze Age Umm el Marra
Jack M. Sasson, Vanderbilt University
Zimri-Lim's Purchase of Alatum
Eva M. von Dassow, University of Minnesota
Archives of Alala IV in Archæological Context
Marc Van De Mieroop, Columbia University
Ancient Fakes in the Cuneiform Record


B. Ancient Near East V: Assyrian and Babylonian History and Literature. Francesca Rochberg, University of California, Riverside, Chair (2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.) Ballroom AB
Harold Torger Vedeler, Yale University
The Transition of Power in the Babylon I Dynasty: Evidence from Year Names
Raymond Westbrook, Johns Hopkins University
What did the Poor Man of Nippur Want?
Tzvi Abusch, Brandeis University
The Courtesan, the Wild Man, and the Hunter in the Epic of Gilgamesh
Sarah C. Melville, Clarkson University
Neo-Assyrian Military Socialization

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John P. Nielsen, University of Chicago
Trading on Knowledge: The Iddin-Papsukkal Kin Group in Southern Babylonia in the 7th and 6th Centuries
Edwin Yamauchi, Miami University
New Texts which Illuminate the Status of Israelite and Judean Exiles
Alice L. Slotsky, Brown University, and Ronald Wallenfels, New York University
Late Babylonian Commodity Price Lists in the British Museum
Paul-Alain Beaulieu, Harvard University
Berossus on Late Babylonian History


C. East Asia III: Translators of the Past: Changing Imperatives in Song Dynasty Constructions of the Textual Tradition. Sujane Wu, Swarthmore College, Chair (2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.) Flower Room

Alexei Ditter, Princeton University
Yao Xuan's (968-1020) Essence of Tang Writing and the Construction of "Ancient Prose"
Jeffrey Moser, Harvard University
Resuscitating the Master of Artful Strangeness: Song Dynasty Evaluations of Li Shang-yin
Benjamin Ridgway, University of Michigan
Dynastic Restoration and Literary Aesthetics: The Reception of Su Shi's Song Lyrics by Early Southern Song Literati

D. Islamic Near East VII: History. Jacob Lassner, Northwestern University, Chair (1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.) Ballroom D
Barbara Kellner-Heinkele, Freie Universität, Berlin
The Rise and Fall of a Great Mufti: Seyyid Feyzullah Efendi's Recollections Viewed as an Egodocument
Steven Judd, Southern Connecticut State University
Al-Wal¯id ibn Yaz¯id's Use of the Term "Nas¯ih"
David Hollenberg, Carleton College
A Consideration of Some Pre-Kirm¯anian F¯atimid Neoplatonic Fragments: Greek Wisdom as Ornament in the Later Writings of the F¯atimid Missionary Ja`far ibn Mans¯ur al-Yaman
Paul E. Walker, University of Chicago
The Rhetoric of Fatimid Khutbas
E. Islamic Near East VIII: Religion. Shawkat Toorawa, Cornell University, Chair (4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.) Ballroom D
Glen M. Cooper, Brigham Young University
Medical Prognosis in Islam: Divination, Rational Inference, or Prophecy?
Musegh Asatryan, Yale University
The Licit and the Illicit in Ibn Khald¯un's Perception of the Occult

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Mohammad Hassan Khalil, University of Michigan
Islam, Ethics, and the Intellect's Ability to Discern Good and Evil: Ibn Taymiyyah and the Hanbalites versus `Abdaljabb¯ar and the Basran Mu`tazilites
Recep Gürkan Gokta s, Harvard University
Asb¯ab Wur¯ud al-Had¯ith : A Literary Approach
Suleiman A. Mourad, Middlebury College
The Symbolism of Jerusalem in Early Islam

F. South and Southeast Asia IV: Literature. Stanley Insler, Yale University, Chair (2:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.) Cook Room
Joel P. Brereton, University of Texas at Austin
Poetics of the Suparn¯adhy¯aya
Christopher Z. Minkowski, Cornell University
What is the Most Boring Topic in Mah¯abh¯arata Studies?
Gary A. Tubb, Columbia University
Abhinanda's R¯amacarita and the Legacy of B¯ana
Shubha Pathak, University of Chicago
Comparing K¯avyas, Comparing Itih¯asas: On ¯Anandavardhana's and R¯aja\'sekhara's Poetic Roads to the R¯am¯ayana and the

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Ajay Rao, University of Chicago
The Intertextuality of Ved¯anta De\'sika's Hamsa-Samde\'sa
Dolores Pizarro, University of Pennsylvania
The Rasika's Reading: Interpretations of a Verse of the
Guy Leavitt, University of Chicago
The N¯atya\'s¯astra 's Redaction and the \'Saiva Cosmos/Drama Analogy
David Mellins, Columbia University
A Heatless Fire: Jayadeva P¯iy¯usavarsa's Censure of Poetry Lacking Figures of Speech

3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Book Sale. Bromley-Claypoole Room

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

Sunday Evening


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

Presidential Address (Near the Conclusion of the Dinner, at approximately 9:15 p.m.)
Gary M. Beckman, University of Michigan
The Limits of Credulity
Monday, March 21st

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Book Sale Continues. Bromley-Claypoole Room

Monday Morning Sectional Meetings

A. Ancient Near East VI: Ancient Near Eastern History, Literature, and Religion. K. Lawson Younger, Trinity Evangelical University, Divinity School, Chair (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) Ballroom AB
Ian Rutherford, Florida State University/University of Reading
"When You Go to the Meadow, Do Not Pull the Cord": The Role of the Taptara-Women in the Hittite Funerary Ritual
Ljubica Jovanovic, Vanderbilt University
Joseph's Silver Drinking Cup and Royal Gift Exchange in the Ancient Mediterranean
Dan Belnap, University of Chicago
Where is the Devourer? Another Look at the 2nd Tablet of Arslan Tash
JoAnn Scurlock, Elmhurst College
Whose Truth and Whose Justice?: The Uruk Prophecy Revisited

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Andrew D. Gross, New York University
A Reconsideration of the Aramaic Investiture Clause
Cindy Nimchuck, University of Illinois at Springfield
A Re-assessment of the Persepolis Apadana Foundation Deposits
David Goldenberg, University of Cape Town/University of Pennsylvania
Babatha, Rabbi Levi and Theodosius: "Black" Coins in Late Antiquity
Calvert Watkins, Harvard University (Emeritus)/University of California, Los Angeles
"Hermit Crabs": A Hidden Southeast Anatolian Borrowing in the Greek of Hellenistic Commagene
B. Islamic Near East IX: Philosophy. Joseph E. Lowry, University of Pennsylvania, Chair (9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) Ballroom D
Huseyin Yilmaz, Harvard University
Aristotle in the Ottoman Empire: the Turkish Translation of the Pseudo-Aristotelian Text Sirr al-Asr¯ar and the Ottoman Reception of Ancient Ideals of Kingship
Kevin van Bladel, University Of Southern California
Iranian and Sanskrit Characteristics and Forged Greek Attributions in the Arabic Sirr al-Asr¯ar of Pseudo-Aristotle
Jon Mcginnis, University Of Missouri - St Louis
Avicenna's (Modal) Metaphysics in Context
Alexander Treiger, Yale University
Fragments from Plato's Phaedo in B¯ir¯un¯i's India and the Question of their Provenance

C. South and Southeast Asia V. (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) Cook Room
1. Interplay of History and Literature in Indo-Persian Texts. Sunil Sharma, Boston University, Chair and Discussant.
Paul Losenksy, Indiana University
Drunk Coming and Going: Migration between Persia and India in Two Cupbearer's Songs
Rajeev K. Kinra, University of Chicago
The Persistence of Gossip: Memory and `Memorative Communication' in the Indo-Persian Tazkirah
Mathew C. Smith, Harvard University
Bahar and the sabk-i hindi
Manan Ahmed, University of Chicago
Interplay of History and Literature in Indo-Persian Texts

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2. Philosophy. Joel P. Brereton, University of Texas at Austin, Chair
Sucharita Adluri, University of Pennsylvania
Vi\'sist¯advaita Ved¯anta in the Visnu Pur¯ana
Elliot M. Stern, University of Pennsylvania
\'Sr¯idhara's Reply to the Bh¯asarvajña's Rejection of Several gun¯ah in the Category gunah
Priyawat Kuanpoonpol, Ramkhamhaeng University
What's in a Wink, According to Geertz, Ryle, and BhartØrhari

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