Thursday, March 15th

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

Friday, March 16th

Friday Morning

9:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Program Section Chairs Meeting.

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

9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Morning Registration.

Friday Afternoon

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

Friday Afternoon Sectional Meetings

A. Ancient Near East I: AOS-NACAL: Linguistics. Azzoni, Vanderbilt University, Chair (2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)
AOS/NACAL Registration Fee
Hermann Jungraithmayr, Institut für Afrikanische Sprachwissenschaft, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt
The Semitoid Nature of Mubi (Chadic)
Elitzur Avraham Bar-Asher, Harvard University
A New Prespective on Barth's Law
W. Randall Garr, University of California, Santa Barbara [WITHDRAWN]
The Medial Demonstratives hallazeh , hallezû , and hallaz
Na'ama Pat-El, Harvard University
The Function and Etymology of the Aramaic Particle LM

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Christopher Woods, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
The Conjugation Prefixes, the Dative Case, and the Empathy Hierarchy in Sumerian
Calvert Watkins, University of California Los Angeles
A Note on the Hittite Funerary Ritual for a Prince or Princess
David Testen
Potential Iranian and Anatolian Cognates to the Greek Preposition (k)sun
William W. Malandra, University of Texas
Pahlavi d¯alman `vulture' and the ideogram CC' (ss' )

B. Ancient Near East II: Writing Systems. Seth Richardson, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, Chair (2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.)
Miguel Civil, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
Transfer and Adaptation of Logograms
Ilya Yakubovich, University of Chicago
Pragmatics of the Glossenkeil in Bronze Age Syria and Anatolia
Benjamin Studevent-Hickman, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
The Ninety-Degree Rotation of the Cuneiform Script

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Lloyd B. Anderson, Ecological Linguistics
From Mesopotamian Cuneiform to Aegean Syllabaries and Mathematical Notations
Peter T. Daniels, New York
Recent Works on the Origins of Writing
D. Islamic Near East I: Literature. (1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)
Beneath the Surface. Majd al-Mallah, Grand Valley State University, Chair (1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.)
Bilal Orfali, Yale University
Representations of the Sea in Pre-Islamic Poetry
Ruqayya Khan, Trinity University
Secrecy in Early Islam
Husain K. B. Qutbuddin,, University of Cambridge.
`Implicit Tafs¯ir ' and the Exoteric Aspect of Ism¯a¯il¯i Exegesis
Sociability in Medieval Arabic Literature and Culture. (Organized by Samer Ali and Jocelyn Sharlet) Everett Rowson, New York University, Chair (2:20 p.m.-4:20 p.m.)
Hanaa Kilany, Georgetown University
Uns in the Qur¯an and Had¯ith
Delia Avila Atmaca, University of Texas at Austin
The Etiquette of Profanity in Ulayya bint al-Mahd¯i's "Zaynab"
Clarissa Burt, U.S. Naval Academy
Rivalry and Patronage in Umayyad Courtly Circles: Ad¯i ibn al-Ruq¯a's Transactional Poetry

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Samer M. Ali, University of Texas at Austin
The Abbasid Literary Salon (Mujalasa ) and the Public Sphere of Participation
Jocelyn Sharlet, University of California, Davis
Friendship, Gift Exchange, and Slaves: The Literary Expression of Material Value and Normative Ethics in Medieval Arabic Culture
Inversion. Philip Kennedy, New York University, Chair (4:20 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)
Suzanne P. Stetkevych, Indiana University
Adab in the Afterlife: Performance and Performativity in al-Maarr¯i's Ris¯alat al-Ghufr¯an and Ibn Shuhayd's Ris¯alat al-Taw¯abi wa al-Zaw¯abi
Emily Jane Selove, University of California Los Angeles
Sponging in a Rotten Age: al-Khat¯ib al-Baghd¯ad¯i's Monographic Work on Abusers of Hospitality

E. Islamic Near East II: Law: Shafii(tes). Joseph Lowry, University of Pennsylvania, Chair (5:20 p.m.-6:20 p.m.)
Ahmed El Shamsy, Harvard University
A Textual History of al-Sh¯afi¯i's Kit¯ab al-Umm and Ris¯alah
David R. Vishanoff, University of Oklahoma
The Paradoxical Hermeneutic of Sunni Jurisprudence: Its Emergence and Triumph from al-Muzan¯i to Ibn Hazm
R. Kevin Jaques, Indiana University
Competition among Intellectual Elites in 15th Century Damascus: The Case of Najm al-D¯in Ibn Hijj¯i, Ibn Kishk, and Ibn Naq¯ib al-Ashr¯af

F. South and Southeast Asia I. Gary Tubb, Columbia University, Chair (1:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.)
Iranian and Indian Religion
Jarrod L. Whitaker, Wake Forest University
Who Gets to Live Forever in Ancient India? Rethinking ayus ("Lifetime") in the Rgveda and Atharvaveda 1.35
Signe Cohen, University of Missouri-Columbia
The White Yajurveda and the Origins of Karma
Vedic Language and Linguistics
Joel Brereton, University of Texas at Austin
Toward Understanding
Alf Hiltebeitel, George Washington University
Vedic and Epic Dh¯atr and Vidh¯atr

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Stephanie W. Jamison, University of California, Los Angeles
"Women's Language" in the Rgveda ?
G. Guthenberg, University of Georgia
Functional Outcomes of Verbal Compounding in the Rgveda
Hans Heinrich Hock, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Multiple Preverb Accentuation in Vedic
Peter M. Scharf, Brown University
Vedic Accent: Underlying Versus Surface

Friday Evening

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

Saturday March 17th

Saturday Morning

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

8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Morning Registration and Book

Saturday Morning Sectional Meetings

A. Ancient Near East III: Akkadian Literature.
Gary Beckman, University of Michigan, Chair (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
Niek Veldhuis, University of California, Berkeley [WITHDRAWN]
Semitic Lexicography in the Mid-Third Millennium
Daniel Fleming, New York University
Yale Does Not Assume Penn: A Reading Hypothesis for the Old Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic
Sara Milstein, New York University
An Examination of the Literary Features of the Yale Tablet of the Gilgamesh Epic
J. Cale Johnson, University of California, Los Angeles
The Kennings in Gilgamesh's Rejection of Inanna and Amorite Cultural Identity

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John Jacobs, Yale University
The Structure of the En¯uma Elis
Jack M. Sasson, Vanderbilt University
Another Wrinkle on Old Adapa
Jeffrey Cooley, Xavier University
Erra and Isum and Babylonian Celestial Divination.
B. East Asia I: Chinese Phonology and Paleography. Robert Joe Cutter, Chair (9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.)
Crispin Williams, University of Kansas
A Phonological Study of the Wenxian Covenant Texts
David Prager Branner, University of Maryland
Explaining Character Structure before Shu¯owén
Adam Smith, University of California Los Angeles
Paleographic Data for the Reconstruction of Old Chinese Phonology-jia3 "Armor"
Richard VanNess Simmons, Rutgers University
Comparing Common Northern Wu and Common Southern Jiang-Hwai with Common Dialectal Chinese

C. Islamic Near East III: Religion. (9:00 a.m.-11:40 p.m.)
Quranic text. R. Kevin Jaques, Indiana University, Chair (9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.)
James A. Bellamy, University of Michigan
God the Solid: Emending the S¯urat al- Ikhl¯as
David S. Powers, Cornell University
From Nuzi to Medina: Q. 4:12b Revisited
Christopher Melchert, Oriental Institute, Oxford
Oral and Written Transmission in the Generation of Variant Readings (qirâ'ât ) of the Quran
Relics. Jon McGinnis, University of Missouri, St. Louis, Chair (10:00 a.m.-10:40 a.m.)
Travis Zadeh, Harvard University
From Drops of Blood: Charisma and Political Legitimacy in the Translatio of an Uthmanic Codex
Samuel Noble, Yale University
A Disputation over a Fragment of the True Cross: A Text from the History of Inter-Religious Relations in Medieval Egypt

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God. Jon McGinnis, University of Missouri, St. Louis, Chair (11:00 a.m.-11:40 a.m.)
Alexander Treiger, Yale University
God as Dazzling Light in Early Arabic Philosophy
Sandra Toenies Keating, Providence College
An Early List of the Sif¯at All¯ah in the Writings of a Christian Apologist

D. Islamic Near East IV: History: Commerce. David S. Powers, Cornell University, Chair (11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
Michael Bonner, University of Michigan
The Arabian "Silent Trade"
Leor Halevi, Texas A&M University
Rumi Paper: Christian Impurity vs. Economic Necessity in a Fifteenth-Century Fatwa

E. South and Southeast Asia II. Stephanie W. Jamison, University of California, Los Angeles, Chair (9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)
Old Iranian Literature
Prods Oktor Skjærvø, Harvard University
Weaving the Old Avesta
Yuhan S.-D. Vevaina, Harvard University
Associative Exegesis in Zoroastrianism: D¯enkard Book 9 and the Kamnama¯ez¯a H¯aiti (Yasna 46.1-19)
Epics and Dharma\'s¯astra
Luis González-Reimann, University of California, Berkeley [WITHDRAWN]
Kalpas in the Mah¯abh¯arata
Donald R. Davis, Jr., University of Wisconsin-Madison
On ¯atmatust¯i as a Source of Dharma

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Emily Blanchard West, College of St. Catherine, and Tzvi Abusch, Brandeis University
The Wild Man and the Courtesan: The Seductions of Rsyasrnga in India and Enkidu in Mesopotamia
Drama and Poetry
Bruce M. Sullivan, Northern Arizona University
Dying on the Stage in the Sanskrit Theatre Tradition
Gary A. Tubb, Columbia University
Yamaka in the Caitanyacandrodaya

Saturday Afternoon

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

Saturday Afternoon Sectional Meetings

A. Ancient Near East, IV: Sumerian Literature. Miguel Civil, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, Chair (2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.)
Paul Delnero, University of Pennsylvania
Memory and Variation in Sumerian Literary Compositions
Alhena Gadotti, Cornell University
The Conceptualization of Rape in Sumerian Literature
Nicole Brisch, University of Chicago
Baba-The Different Lives of a Goddess

B. Ancient Near East V: Special Session: Where have all the tablets gone? Preserving Iraq's Cultural Heritage in Times of Unrest. Robert K. Englund, University of California, Los Angeles, Chair (3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Jerrold S. Cooper, The Johns Hopkins University
Micah Garen, Photographer, Documentary Filmmaker, and Writer, and Founder of Four Corners Media
Steven Garfinkle, Western Washington University
Richard L. Zettler, University of Pennsylvania

C. East Asia II: Chinese Rhetoric, Poetry, and Music. David Prager Branner, University of Maryland, Chair (1:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.)

Anthony E. Clark, University of Alabama
Confucius Said What? Baobian and the Voice of Judgment in the Hanshu
Matthew Wells, Eastern Oregon University
Self and Self-Narrative in Early China
Kong Xurong, Kean University
Yongwu Fu and Intention? A Thematic Study of Fu Xuan's Yongwu Fu
Brigitta Lee, Princeton University
Emulation as Evaluation: A Study of the Relationship between Ban Jieyu's "Song Of Lament (Yuan Shi )" and Jiang Yan's (444-505) Imitation

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Hongyu Huang, Yale University
Wu Weiye’s War Poems and the Chinese Tradition of Poetry as Witness to Historical Trauma
Y. Edmund Lien, University of Washington
Why Simple Lines in the "Da Si Yue" Baffle the Best Minds
Ding Xiang Warner, Cornell University
Casting away Hat-pins: Wang Bo's Poetry from the Shu Years
Anna M. Shields, Princeton University
A Poetic Discussion of Career and Companionship: Linked Verses by the Mid-Tang Poets Han Yu and Meng Jiao

D. Islamic Near East and South and Southeast Asia Joint Session: Interactions between Sanskritic, Arabic, and Persianate Intellectuals and Artists. Organized by Christopher Minkowski, University of Oxford, and Shawkat M. Toorawa, Cornell University, Chairs (1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Kevin van Bladel, University of Southern California
Barmakid Patronage of Early Translations from Sanskrit into Arabic
Kim Plofker, Brown University
Links between Sanskrit and Muslim science in Jaina astronomical works
Supriya Gandhi, Harvard University
A Study of D¯ar¯a Shuk¯uh's Comparative Method in the Majma al-Bahrayn
Toke Lindegaard Knudsen, Brown University.
The P¯arthapura School and Islamic Influence

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Sunil Sharma, Boston University
Azad Bilgrami's Translation of Arabic and Sanskrit Poetics into Persian
Shawkat M. Toorawa, Cornell University
Azad Bilgrami (1704-1786), Arabic, and Sanskrit Poetics
Christopher Minkowski, University of Oxford
J. B. Chaudhuri, Muslims, and Sanskrit Learning
Matthew C. Smith, Harvard University
Nationalism and the sabk-i Hindi : The Role of Malik al-Shu'ara Bahar


E. Islamic Near East VI: Literature: Greek and Persian Elements in Ninth Century Arabic Literary Culture (Organized by Awad Awad). Kevin van Bladel, University of Southern California, Chair (4:40 p.m.-6:00 p.m.)
Awad Awad, University of California Los Angeles
Bayhaq¯i's T¯ar¯ikh Hukam¯a' al-Isl¯am : New Light on Hunayn ibn Ish¯aq's Biography
Ameneh Emami, University of California Los Angeles
Bishr al-H¯afi (the Barefoot) and Manichean Roots in Early Islamic Asceticism
David Bennett, University of California Los Angeles
Al-Nazz¯am, the Dualists, and Mixture
Ghazzal Dabiri, University of California Los Angeles
Arabic Historiography and the Preservation and Emergence of Persian Literature: The Case of al- Tabar¯i and the Development of Persian Epic

Sunday, March 18th

Sunday Morning

8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Morning Registration and Book Exhibit. II

8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Plenary Session: Sacred Space. Sidney Griffith, Catholic University of America, Chair.
Piotr Michalowski, University of Michigan
Ancient Near East: Space is the Place: Localizing the Sacred in Ancient Mesopotamia
Martin Kern, Princeton University
East Asia: The Space of the Zhou Ancestral Sacrifice
Federica Venturi, Indiana University
Inner Asia: Covering Sacred Grounds: Chronicles of Holy Places in Tibetan Literature
A. Kevin Reinhart, Dartmouth College
Islamic Near East: Mashhad and Haram: Sacred Sites in the Shi`i and Hanbali Cultus
Gregory Schopen, University of California Los Angeles
South and Southeast Asia: On the Underside of Sacred Spaces: Some Less-appreciated Functions of Temples, Convents and Monasteries in Classical India


11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Special Session: Seventy Years Among Orientalists. Denis Sinor, Indiana University

11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Annual Business Meeting. (All members are encouraged to attend.)

Sunday Afternoon

1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Book Exhibit and Sale.

Sunday Afternoon Sectional Meetings

A. Ancient Near East VI: History, Culture & Religion. Grant Frame, University of Pennsylvania, Chair (1:30 p.m.-4:30)
Tonia Sharlach, Oklahoma State University
The Religious Roles of Women in Ur III Times: The Lukur
Tzvi Abusch, Brandeis University
The Expansion of Babylonian Incantations: A Critical Analysis
Alan Lenzi, University of the Pacific
Re-Reading KAR 44, the Vademecum of the Exorcist
Patrick Morgan, University of Michigan
A Fresh Look at SHÀ.SI.GA

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Eva von Dassow, University of Minnesota, and Douglas R. Frayne, University of Toronto
Naram-Sin, King of Uruk
Jennifer Singletary, Brown University
The Travels of Sargon: Geography, Power and the Construction of Kingship Ideology in Ancient Mesopotamia
Matthew T. Rutz, University of Pennsylvania
Paleography, Gods, and Diviners in Emar
Edwin Yamauchi, Miami University
Jesus, the False Messiah, in Mandaean Texts


B. Islamic Near East VII: Theology and Philosophy. Michael Carter, University of Sydney, Chair (1:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m.)

Robert J. Riggs Jr., University of Pennsylvania
Al-Ashar¯i's Legal Affiliation: A Historical Inquiry
Tariq Jaffer, University of Oregon
The Ta'wil-Issue in Muslim Theology: A Study of Methodological Principles in Asharite Kalam
Racha el Omari, University of California Santa Barbara
Ab¯u `¯Isa ar-Rumm¯an¯i (d. 384/994) and the Mu`tazil¯i Grammarians of the 4th/10th Century
Bruce Fudge, Southwestern University
A Manuscript of al-Rumm¯an¯i's Tafs¯ir

C. Islamic Near East VIII: History and Literature. (2:55 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Lives and 'Afterlives'. Michael Cooperson, University of California Los Angeles, Chair (2:55 p.m.-4:15 p.m.)
Rebecca R. Williams, McGill University
An Analysis of the Supernatural Archetype of the Prophet Muhammad as Found in the Sira/Tarikh and Tafsir Works of al-Tabari and Ibn Kathir
Dwight F. Reynolds, University of California Santa Barbara
Ziry¯ab, the Man behind the Myth: New Historical Sources on His Life and Music
Paul E. Walker, University of Chicago
The Historiography of the Caliph al-Hakim
Ahmed H. al-Rahim, Yale University
Avicenna's Immediate Disciples and Their Works

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Tawh¯id¯i. Beatrice Gruendler, Yale University, Chair (4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Ikram Masmoudi, Middlebury College
Analysis of al-Had¯ith as seen by Ab¯u Hayy¯an al-Tawh¯id¯i in his book al-Imt¯a`a wa-l-Mu'¯anasa
Maurice A. Pomerantz, University of Chicago
The Third Vizier: Structure, Sources, and the Political Context of the Akhl¯aq al-Waz¯rayn by Ab¯u Hayy¯an al-Tawh¯id¯i (d. 414/1023)
Nuha al-Sha'ar, University of Cambridge
al-Tawh¯id¯i and the Social Imaginary: Sad¯aqa (Friendship) and Social Ethics in the Fourth Century of the Islamic Era

D. Islamic Near East IX: Religion: Apocalyptic. Sidney Griffith, Catholic University of America, Chair (5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.)
Todd Lawson, University of Toronto
The Qur¯an and the Glory Motif: Apocalyptic Substrate II
Jacob Lassner, Northwestern University
Apocalyptical Elements in Anti-Fad¯a'il al-Quds Traditions

E. South and Southeast Asia III. Hans Heinrich Hock, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chair (2:00-5:15 p.m.)
Oskar von Hinüber, Universität Freiburg
A Case of Identity: Remarks on the Earliest Buddhist Nuns
Stefan Baums, University of Washington
A Buddhist Verse Commentary in G¯andh¯ar¯i
Jason Neelis, University of Florida
The Gift of Gruel: A G¯andh¯ar¯i Version of the Kulm¯asapindaj¯ataka

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David B. Gray, Santa Clara University
Resistance to Sanskrit? Reflections on the Development of Buddhist Sanskrit Literature
Christian Haskett, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Some Terms of Confession in p¯apade\'san¯a
Grammar and Etymology
George Cardona, University of Pennsylvania
Theoretical Precedents of the K¯atantra
Periannan Chandrasekaran, Norcross, Georgia
Vai\'sambaly¯a, Vaiyai and Chambal: Structural Patterns and Etymological Principles for Hydronyms in the Indian Linguistic Area

Sunday Evening

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

7:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Annual Subscription Dinner.

Presentation of the Franz Rosenthal Prize to Joshau Blau. Jacob Lassner (at approximately 8:45 p.m.)

Presidential Address (Near the Conclusion of the Dinner, at approximately 9:00 p.m.)
Paul Kroll, University of Colorado
Between Something and Nothing


Monday, March 19th

Monday Morning

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

Monday Morning Sectional Meetings

A. Ancient Near East, VII: Economy & Society. Maynard P. Maidman, York University, Chair (9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon)
Laura Culbertson, University of Michigan
Official Business and Officials' Business: On Some Business Mistakes of Ur III Officials in Lagash and Umma
Lance Allred, Cornell University
Getting the word out: Letter-orders and Ur III Administration
Magnus Widell, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
The Sumerian igi-kar2 Revisited
Walter Bodine, Yale University
Glimpses of Scribal Students at Work from the Model Contracts

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Matthew W. Stolper, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
An Old Persian Administrative Tablet from the Persepolis Fortification Archive
Shalom E. Holtz, Yeshiva University "PN1 Shall Argue the Case Against PN2": Contract or Summons?
Andrew Gross, University of Pittsburgh
Were Late Mesopotamian Sale Formularies Influenced by West Semitic Legal Traditions?

B. Special Sesson: Franz Rosenthal Prize Communication. Jacob Lassner, Chair (9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.)
Joshua Blau, Hebrew University
Elements of Spoken Aramaic in Early Judeo-Arabic Texts Spelt Phonetically

C. Islamic Near East X: Religion and History. (9:40 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)
Female Elites. Paul Walker, University of Chicago, Chair (9:40 a.m.-10:20 a.m.)
Rachel T. Howes, California State University, Northridge
The Religious Education of Women in a Muslim State: Lectures to Fatimid Women in the Court of al-Mustansir (1036-1094CE)
Aisha Geissinger, University of Toronto
"Mothers of the Believers:" A Re-examination of a Controversial Title
Universals. Ruqayya Khan, Trinity University, Chair (10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)
Sebastian Guenther, University of Toronto
The Principles of Instruction are the Grounds of our Knowledge: Al-Farabi's Philosophical and al-Ghazali's Spiritual Approaches to Learning
Maya Yazigi, University of British Columbia [WITHDRAWN]
The Kit¯ab al-Ans¯ab of Abd al-Kar¯im al-Sam¯an¯i: Revolutionizing a Literary Genre
Hayrettin Yucesoy, Saint Louis University
Kingship, Monotheism and the Caliphate: al-D¯inawar¯i's Akhb¯ar al-Tiw¯al

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Updated 03/04/2007