Number 20 ______________________ November 1995













The Archival Commission of Orientalists, founded in May 1995 under the Russian Academy of Sciences, suggests the following cooperation:

1. to promote the finding of archival documents and materials as well as scientific commentaries on a contract basis;

2. to arrange lectures and consulting on archival documents and materials in Russian archives;

3. cooperation in studies and publishing the archival documents and materials with all parties concerned.

The Archival Commission has prepared a reference book on oriental funds of Russian archives and now is preparing the data-base computer program. Applications for the above mentioned materials are to be address to the Archival Commission of Orientalists, c/o A. A. Kolesniko, Chairman, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, 12 Rozhdestvenka str., 103031 Moscow, Russia [tel.: 7-095-921-1884; fax: 7-095-975-2396; e-mail:].



The 35th International Congress of Asian and North African Studies will be held in Budapest, Hungary from 7-12 July 1997.

The theme of the Congress will be "Oriental Studies in the 20th Century: The State of the Art -- Results, Problems, and Perspectives", including great figures, discoveries and new developments in the last one hundred years. Besides general sessions and papers read in sections, discussions will also be held in special panels presented by three or more participants. Ideas and projects for panels are welcome.

An exhibition is being organized on the Silk Road. Any small collection of relevant material culture can also be exhibited if the Organizing Committee is contacted in time. Publishers are invited to exhibit their relevant books.

The First Circular will be sent out in January 1996. Anybody who does not receive it but is interested in the Congress should contact the Organizing Committee at the Csoma de Körös Society of Hungarian Orientalists, Múzeum krt. 4/b, H-1088 Budapest, Hungary.

Midwest AOS

Midwest joint meeting of the SBL, AOS and ASOR will be from 11-13 February 1996 hosted by the First United Methodist Church, 100 West Cossitt, La Grange, IL 60525. For further information contact: Richard E. Averbeck, 1996 Program Coordination, Trinity International University, 2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL 60015 [tel.: 708-317-8017; fax: 708-317-8141; e-mail:].


The XLIII. Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale will be held in Prague (Czech Republic) from the 1st to the 5th July 1996.

At Prague the chief theme originally proposed was Spiritual Culture of the Ancient Near East with the following sections: (1) Rationality and irrationality in Ancient Near Eastern thought; (2) Scale(s) of values of the ancient Mesopotamians; (3) Computers and Ancient Near Eastern languages.

At the last RAI in 1995 it appeared that the original heading did not meet with unequivocal reactions and for this reason we thought it best to modify it together with the individual sections for which we welcome paper applications. We now propose after the discussion in Louvain as theme of the 43rd RAI the Intellectual Life of the Ancient near East with contributions from all fields of research (philology, history, archaeology, literature, religion, etc.).

Further division into sections will be announced in April 1996.

The section Computers and Ancient near Eastern Languages remains as originally suggested.

We have been overjoyed by the enormous response to our first appeal to those who might be interested in taking part in the Prague-RAI. We wish to disseminate now the following information:

1. According to the proposal of the organisation Women in Ancient near Eastern Studies (WANES) we have decided to provide a discussion platform to it. Those who are interested in the WANES activities will please contact Dr. (Ms.) Jana Pecirkova (The Oriental Institute, Podvodarenskou vezi 4, CZ-182 08 Praha 8, Czech Republic, e-mail:

2. For the discussion group of young Assyriologists, as proposed at the last RAI (workshop Assyriology in the 3rd millenium AD) please suggest themes and agenda to Furat Rahman (e-mail: and/or Lukas Pecha (e-mail: of the Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Charles University, Celetna 20, CZ-110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic.

3. Our possibilities of putting up posters are somewhat limited. Please suggest them as early as possible and on no account later than the end of February 1996.

4. All our future guests are strongly advised to secure some form of health insurance before taking off to Prague.

5. Museum specialists and archaeologists of ancient Mesopotamia and its vicinity are invited to participate in the Naprstek Museum session, hosted by Dr. (Ms.) Jana Souckova, Director of the museum, on Sunday 30 June 1996 (The Naprstek Museum, Betlemske nam. 1, CZ-110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic). Please indicate your interest to Dr. Souckova on the above mentioned Museum address and do not forget to fill in appropriate arrival dates in your hotel-accommodation forms in case you intend to take part.

6. We intend to publish the summaries of papers, which the RAI participants will receive upon registration. Please send in summaries of your papers not exceeding 250 words not later than March 31, 1996. Only those summaries that are delivered to us before this date can be printed in the materials of RAI. You may supply the summaries either on paper as manuscripts or on diskettes written in one of the text editors for IBM-compatible PC's (preferably WordPerfect 5.1). Please give your name and identify the text editor on the diskette label. Kindly address your summaries sent in by mail to: or by snail mail to: Jiri Prosecky, The Oriental Institute, Pod vodarenskou vezi 4, CZ-182 08 Praha 8.

7. Information concerning the 43rd RAI is at this very hour available on Internet under the following addresses: WWW-Server:, Gopher: gopher://, Anonymous FTP:

Here you can also register your application to the 43rd RAI, download the accommodation form or the booking form for social and spouse programme. The network information will be continuously brought up to date.

Further detailed information will be sent to the registered participants in April 1996.

Prague, November 1995 For the Organizing Committee: Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Studies Charles University Celetna 20 CZ 110 00 Prague
                  before April 30,1996 at registration
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Payment is possible via cheque, bank wire or credit card (VISA, Mastercard). Please note that for payment in advance you have to send the appropriate form by snail mail since payment regulations in our country require the signature.

For downloading the forms, please, consult the Retrieval Information section.

Materials concerning the 43rd Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale in Prague, Czech Republic, 1- 5 July 1996 can be downloaded from the Web site of 43rd RAI ( or by anonymous FTP at the following address:

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St. Louis, April 12-14, 1996

Call for Papers

Those who wish to present papers at the 1996 ARCE annual meeting in St. Louis should send abstracts of 500 words or less to either Dr. Emily Teeter for ancient Egyptian topics or to Dr. Ahmet Karamustafa for Islamic or modern Egyptian topics. Send them no later than January 10, 1996 to: Dr. Emily Teeter, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, 1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637; Fax: (312) 702-9853; or e-mail: (Dr. Teeter strongly encourages use of e-mail; however, please be reminded that only text files may be downloaded, deleting all formatting, including transliterations. If your abstract contains transliterations, please send a hard copy). For Islamic or modern abstracts, send them to: Dr. Ahmet Karamustafa, Director, Center for the Study of Islamic Societies and Civilizations, Washington University, Campus Box 1230, One Brookings Drive, St., Louis, MO 63130; Fax: (314) 935-7462. Please specify your audio-visual needs (single- double-slides, overhead projector or blackboard). If there are conference or paper-related inquiries, please call the ARCE office at (212) 529-6661.

We are very proud to highlight at the upcoming conference the special exhibition, "The American Discovery of Ancient Egypt," co-organized by ARCE and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which is opening at the St. Louis Museum of Art on February 29 and will be on display during the time of the meeting.

In light of the theme of the exhibition, we encourage prospective panelists to consider submitting papers on all aspects of the American contribution to the understanding of Egypt, including archaeology, history, literature and politics. Also planned is a workshop tentatively entitled "Transitions: From Mamluk to Ottoman, Ottoman to Modern Egypt."


Panel: "Writing Research Proposals for Egypt-bound Scholars"

The American Research Center in Egypt and the Council for American Overseas Research Centers invite you to join us for a specially-convened panel discussion entitled, "Writing Research Proposals for Egypt-Bound Scholars." Graduate and postdoctoral scholars with research interests in Egypt are aware that in recent years research access has become a major issue in Egypt. We are presenting this panel during the Middle East Studies Association meetings in order to discuss general and specific ways to facilitate acceptance of research proposals by Egyptian authorities and to explore problems which might arise once research is underway.

Panelists will include Khalid Fahmy of Princeton University; Monalisa Russell of Framingham State College and ARCE fellow 1994-95; Cynthia Metcalf of the University of Virginia, ARCE and CAORC fellow, 1995. Mark Easton, Director of ARCE, Cairo, will moderate.

The panel will take place at The International Conference Suite, room 3113, the Smithsonian Institution, 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, DC., Saturday, December 9, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Please RSVP for this panel directly to the ARCE office at (212) 529-6661 by December 6.

Immediately following will be the

Annual Arce Mesa Luncheon

Join ARCE Fellowship alumni, friends, colleagues and the ARCE Directors for lunch where we will be discussing the research situations in Egypt, the new Cairo facility and other developments.

The luncheon will be held at:

The International Terrace, Washington Hilton and Towers, Saturday, December 9 from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Cost per person for the Luncheon: $27. Please call the ARCE office at (212) 529-6661 for further information.

The American Research Center in Egypt, 30 East 20 Street, Suite 401 New York, NY 10003


The Saint Louis Art Museum

The Saint Louis Art Museum has announced an exhibition entitled, "Nihonga, Transcending the Past: Japanese-Style Painting, 1868-1968" which is co-organized by The Saint Louis Art Museum and The Japan Foundation. For further information concerning this exhibit contact the office of Community Relations at telephone 314-721-0072, ext. 204.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts

Portraits, silhouettes and other images of the former Chinese leader Mao Zedong are featured in a solo exhibition by artist Zhang Hongtu at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Entitled "Zhang Hongtu: Material Mao", this exhibition of nearly 50 mixed media works will be on view from October 13, 1995 through January 14, 1996.


The American Numismatic Society

The American Numismatic Society will conduct its 44th Graduate Seminar in Numismatics at the Museum of the American Numismatic Society, New York, from 11 June through 10 August 1996. The application deadline for this seminar is 1 March 1996. For further information on this and future seminars, stipends available, application forms, etc., contact: The American Numismatic Society, Broadway at 155th Street, New York, NY 10032 [tel.: 212-234-3130; fax: 212-234-3381].

The Frances M. Schwartz Fellowship was created in 1985 to support the work and study of numismatic and museum methodology at the American Numismatic Society. Applicants must have the B.A. or the equivalent; the stipend will vary with the term of tenure (normally the academic year) but will not exceed $2,000. The deadline for application is 1 March 1996. For further information contact the American Numismatic Society at the above address.

The American Numismatic Society also supports a number of other opportunities including the Donal Groves Fund (early American numismatics), a Graduate Fellowship, and a Fellowship in Roman Studies. For further information on any of these contact the American Numismatic Society at the above address.

Villa I Tatti Fellowships

Villa I Tatti: The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies has announced its fellowship competition for the academic year 1996/97 for independent study on any aspect of the Italian Renaissance. The deadline for applications was 15 October 1995. For possible future grants and their deadlines please contact the Director, Professor Walter Kaiser, Villa I Tatti, Via di Vincigliata 26, 50135 Florence, Italy [tel. +39 55 603251] or Villa I Tatti Office, Harvard University, University Place, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-5762 USA [tel. 617-495-8042].

Getty Center Fellowship Program

The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities has announced its competition for Fellows for 1996-97. The application deadline is 1 December 1995. For further information and possible future fellowships as well as application forms contact: Center Fellowships, The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, 401 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1455 [tel.: 310-395-0388; fax: 310-395-5289].

The William Davidson Institute

The William Davidson Institute (at the University of Michigan, School of Business Administration) is pleased to issue a call for research proposals. We invite faculty at universities and other academic institutions around the world to submit proposals for research into issues related to transitional economies, particularly enterprise performance and the development of institutions that support market activity. The deadline for proposals is October 20, 1995 for research to begin in the calendar year 1996. For further information contact: The William Davidson Institute, 701 Tappan Street, 9th Floor, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234 [tel.: 313-763-5020; fax: 313-763-5850].

Academy for Educational Development NSEP Fellowships

The Academy for Educational Development is pleased to announce the 1996 National Security Education Program (NSEP) Graduate International Fellowship Competition. This marks the third year of NSEP Fellowships, which are designed to develop the national capacity to educate U.S. citizens to understand foreign cultures, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness, and enhance international cooperation and security. Fellowships are awarded for study of languages, cultures, and world regions not commonly represented in U.S. international education, specifically those outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. There are two types of fellowships: Graduate Enhancement Fellowships and Area and Language Studies Doctoral Fellowships. For further information, qualification, applications, please contact: Academy for Educational Development, 1875 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009 [fax: 202-884-8400].

National Endowment for the Humanities

For a complete guide to the research programs offered by the NEH write to the NEH, Division of Research Programs Room 318, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20506.

NEH Reference Materials Awards

The National Endowment for the Humanities Reference Materials Program supports projects to prepare reference works that will improve access to information and resources. Support is available for the creation of dictionaries, historical or linguistic atlases, encyclopedias, catalogues raisonnés, other descriptive catalogues, grammars, databases, textbases, and other projects that will provide essential scholarly tools for the advancement of research or for general reference. Support is also available for projects that address important issues related to the design or accessibility of reference works. The application deadline is November 1, 1995 for projects beginning after September 1, 1996. For more information and future awards contact: Reference Materials, Room 318, NEH, Washington, DC 20506 or via e-mail at

Columbia University, Society of Fellows in the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowships 1996-1997

The Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University has announced its postdoctoral fellowship competition for the 1996-97 academic year. The application deadline was October 16, 1995. For possible future fellowships and other information contact the Director, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Box 100 Central Mail Room, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027.

Center for International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University

The Center for International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University invites applications for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship in Islamic Studies for the academic year 1996-97, tenable within the Sawyer/Mellon Foundation Seminar Program. The theme for 1996-97 will be: "Islamic Fundamentalism in Comparative Context." The seminar will investigate such topics as: Islamic revivalism vs. Muslim fundamentalism: the question of legitimacy and constituency; Islamic governance past and present; indigenous political systems vs. transplanted western political structures; Desecularization in contemporary Muslim societies; Perspectives on gender, traditional and modern; Islamic identities in non-Muslim or "peripherally" Muslim societies: the case of Western Europe and West Africa.

The successful fellow will be expected to play an active role in the year-long program of the seminar, in collaboration with relevant faculty members, while pursuing a research and writing agenda related to the seminar's theme. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in hand by 1 September 1996 in the field of Islamic Studies or a cognate discipline.

Prospective fellows should write to: Professor Carl F. Petry, Department of History, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208-2220 USA, enclosing a c.v., a prospectus of the research/writing they propose to undertake during the tenure of the fellowship, a chapter-length sample of previous written work, and the names and addresses of three academic referees who have been instructed to send letters of reference to the individual above.

Stipend for the year has been set at $25,000 plus benefits at 19.25%. Fellows will be expected to be in residence at Northwestern University during the academic quarters (mid-September 1996--mid-June 1997). Northwestern University is an equal opportunity employer. The deadline for receipt of applications, including letters of reference, is 1 March 1996.

The American Institute for Yemeni Studies Fellowships

The American Institute for Yemeni Studies has announced a fellowship competition for 1995-1996. To obtain details about the specific programs, eligibility, and application requirements, interested persons should contact Dr. Maria Ellis, Executive Director of AIYS at the AIYS administrative office: American Institute for Yemeni Studies, P.O. Box 311, Ardmore, PA 19003-0311 [tel.: 610-896-5412; fax: 610-896-9049; e-mail:].

Council Study Centers

Council Study Centers offers a new study program on art and archaeology in Tunisia. The application deadline in 1 April 1996. For those interested in this program or others (in China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam), please contact: Council on International Educational Exchange, 205 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017-5706 [tel.: 1-800-641-CIEE; e-mail:; Web Site: http:/].

American Research Institute in Turkey

The American Research Institute in Turkey has announced its Fellowship competition for 1996-97. The application deadline is November 15, 1995. For future fellowships or other information contact: American Research Institute in Turkey, University of Pennsylvania Museum, 33rd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324 [tel.: 215-898-3474; fax: 215-898-0657; e-mail:].

The ARIT also will continue to conduct the review process initiated in 1994 for excavations and surveys in Turkey, at the request of the Turkish Ministry of Culture, General Directorate for Monuments and Museums. Applications for excavation or survey work should be sent to ARIT c/o G. Kenneth Sams, University of North Carolina, Department of Classics, 212 Murphey Hall, CB #3145, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3145 [tel.: 919-962-7191; fax: 919-962-4036; e-mail:].

American Research Institute in Turkey

Intensive Advanced
Turkish Language Study
Summer 1996 Fellowships

Each year the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) sponsors a summer program of advanced Turkish instruction at Bosphorus University in Istanbul. This intensive program offers the equivalent of one full academic year of study in advanced Turkish.

Fellowships that cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, room and board, and a modest maintenance stipend are available to you. ARIT, upon approval of the United States Department of Education, expects to offer 10 fellowships for the Summer 1996 program.

Course of Study
Fellows register for Intensive Advanced Spoken Turkish (TK S31) or for Intensive Advanced Reading Turkish FFK S30). These eight-week courses are designed to prepare you to use Turkish actively in contexts ranging from everyday communication to the exchange of scholarly ideas. Classes are conducted entirely in Turkish, with informal and formal styles introduced and reviewed through instruction, language laboratory work, and open conversations with teaching assistants. Also, to assure your optimum exposure to Turkey and to maximize your opportunities to talk to Turks, extracurricular activities include films, lectures, and cultural events both on and off campus.

Eligibility Requirements
To be a fellowship applicant, you must meet the following requirements:

1. Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States

2. Be currently enrolled in a degree program at an institution of higher education as a graduate or upper-level undergraduate student

OR Be an instructor of Turkish or related language and area studies

3. If enrolled in a degree program, have a minimum B average in your university studies

4. Have a minimum of two years of college-level Turkish language study or its equivalent.

Application Procedure
To apply, you must submit the following:

1. Your name, address, telephone number, institutional affiliation status, citizenship.

2. A brief statement about your interest in the program and your career goals.

3. The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professors who can evaluate your qualifications for participation in the program. If vou are currently studying Turkish one of these must be your Turkish instructor. Please do not ask your three professors to write letters at this point; ARIT will contact them independently for their recommendations.

4. Transcript of grades, if enrolled in a degree program.

Send your application in three copies by February 15, 1996, to:

ARIT Summer Fellowship Program Center for the Study of Islamic Societies and Civilizations, Washington University Campus Box 1230, One Brookings Drive St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

If you are judged to be qualified for the program on the basis of the information you send, you will be required to take a Turkish language proficiency examination in March 1996 to be administered at your university or the university nearest you where Turkish is taught. Awards will be announced in early April.

The ARIT fellowship program is administered at Washington University in St. Louis. If you are awarded a fellowship, you will be required to pay a $600 participation fee, payable to Washington University, in lieu of tuition at Bosphorus University.

Additional Information
For further information on applying for a Summer 1996 Fellowship for Intensive Advanced Turkish Language Study, contact Sheila Andrew at Washington University's Center for the Study of Islamic Societies and Civilizations. You may write her at the same address you send your application (see "Application Procedure" section), send her e-mail at, or send her a FAX to (314) 935-7462, or call her at (314) 935-5166.

Other Programs of Study

Intensive courses in beginning and intermediate Turkish will also be available at Bosphorus university during Summer 1996. For information concerning these courses, contact:

Director, Summer Program in Turkish, Bosphorus University, 80815 Bebek, Istanbul, Turkey; Phone. 90-212-257-5039; FAX: 90-212-265-7131

American Research Institute in Turkey

University Museum

33rd and Spruce Streets

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324


National Humanities Center (Research Triangle Park, NC) 1995-1996 Fellows

National Humanities Center (Research Triangle Park, NC) has announced its 1995-1996 Fellows. The following fellows and their research projects may be of interest to AOS members: Richard Hugh Grove (University of Cambridge): "The East India Company, Environmental Medicine and the Origins of Conservation"; Devin J. Stewart (Emory University): "Intertextuality in the Maqamat of al-Hamadhani and Islamic Religious Discourse"; David G. Strand (Dickinson College): "Sun Yat-sen in the Chinese Republic: A Social History of Political Leadership".

American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS)

The ACLS has announced its competitions for the ACLS/Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Fellowships for postdoctoral and dissertation research on China in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences. The deadline was 1 November 1995. For further information and future competitions contact: Office of Fellowships and Grants, American Council of Learned Societies, 228 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017-3398 [fax: 212-949-8058].

The ACLS has also announced support for Conferences of China. The Joint Committee on Chinese Studies will offer funds in support of collaborative projects intended to promote the development of scholarship on China in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences. Funding for this program is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation. The Joint Committee considers proposals twice a year, at its fall and spring meetings. Further information and application guidelines are available on request from Jason H. Parker at the ACLS, 228 East 45 Street, New York, NY 10017-3398.

For a complete list of fellowships and grants offered by the ACLS, contact the Office of Fellowships and Grants at the address given above.

Duke Study in China Program

Duke University, in association with Washington University and Wesleyan University, offers an annual program of study at Capital Normal University (in Beijing) and Nanjing University in the People's Republic of China. For further information and application procedures contact: Duke Study in China Program, Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, Duke University, 2111 Campus Drive, Box 90411, Durham, NC 27708-0411 [tel.: 919-684-2604; fax: 919-681-6247].

Asian/Pacific Studies at Duke

The Asian/Pacific Studies Institute is making available graduate fellowships for fall 1996. The grant runs for two years; the study of Asian/Pacific languages and curriculum is a condition. For further information contact: Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, Duke University, 2111 Campus Drive, Box 90411, Durham, NC 27708-0411 [tel.: 919-684-2604; fax: 919-681-6247].

NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers

Adam and Eve in Christian and Jewish Tradition
The Hebrew University in Jerusalem
June 17 to August 9, 1996
Stipend: $4,000
Directors: Gary A. Anderson and Michael E. Stone, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138, e-mail:

This seminar will study the evolution of the Adam and Eve narrative in Post-biblical Judaism and Christianity. A wide variety of documents will be surveyed including material from the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, New Testament, Targums, Rabbinic and Patristic literature, as well as several vernacular retellings of the Adam and Eve narrative from the Middle Ages through Milton. Special attention will be paid to the role of exegesis in the formation of Jewish and Christian traditions as well as the role of the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha as sources of transmission of early Christian and Jewish themes into the medieval era.

This seminar will be an interdisciplinary one. Scholars interested in the aims and techniques of ancient exegesis, the differences between Jewish and Christian approaches to the narrative of the Garden, iconographic representation, and the manner in which early Jewish and Christian ideas were transmitted into the medieval period and helped form a vernacular tradition of Biblical representation are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: Open to professors whose institutions do not offer doctoral programs in their areas, and to independent scholars (includes 4 year colleges and universities and seminaries). Applicants must be U.S. citizens as well.

University of Virginian-Yarmouk University Summer Program

The University of Virginian-Yarmouk University Summer Program announces its 1996 program, which will run from June 12-August 11, 1996. Cost is $2895.00. The application deadline is February 23, 1996, and is fixed.

Applicants must arrange to take the Arabic Proficiency Test and the Arabic Writing Test sometime between January 30-February 9, 1996. For more information or application materials, please write: University of Virginia-Yarmouk University Summer Arabic Program, B027 Cabell Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22903, or call: (804) 982-2304, or e-mail: Program information is also now available on the World Wide Web:


Manuscripta Orientalia

Manuscripta Orientalia: International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research has been founded by the Institute of Oriental Studies (St. Petersburg Branch) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, to be published quarterly by the Institute of Oriental Studies and Thesa Publishing Company (St. Petersburg) and printed and distributed by Dekadi Publishing (Helsinki, Finland). Volume 1, Number 1 appeared in July 1995.

Manuscripta Orientalia will concern all kinds of Oriental manuscripts, be they Arabic, Turkish and Persian, Chinese, Hebrew, etc. Articles on Oriental textology, palaeography, codicology as well as on philology, history and culture will be published here, provided that these studies are based upon some Oriental manuscript.

Manuscripta Orientalia offers a substantial book review section, containing critical reviews and review articles.

For further information about this new journal, editorial practices, submission of articles, etc., please contact one of the editors: Yuri A. Petrosyan (Editor-in-Chief), Efim A. Resvan (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), Edward N. Tyomkin (Editor), or Margarita I. Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya (Editor) at the Institute of Oriental Studies, St. Petersburg Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Dvortsovaya naberejnaya d. 18, St. Petersburg 191186, Russia [tel.: 7-812-315-87-28; fax: 7-812-311-51-01; e-mail:].

For subscription rates please contact Dekadi Publishing Ltd Oy, P.O. Box 976 FIN-00101, Helsinki, Finland [fax: +358-0-638441].


Lidzbarski Medal

Professor Wolf Leslau has been awarded the Lidzbarski Medal for 1995 (Goldene Lidzbarski-Medaille 1995) by the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft.


Faculty Openings at the American University in Cairo

The American University in Cairo invites applications for the following faculty positions:

Arabic Language and Culture: an assistant professor (non-tenure track) with additional qualifications in foriegn language teaching methodology and experience in administering language teaching programs. The appointee will be expected to teach courses in Arabic language, Arabic linguistics, Arabic phonetics and related subjects at the undergraduate and graduate levels in addition to teaching Arabic language to non-Arabic speakers at all levels. Additional responsibilities include supervision of practice teaching and of M.A. theses work in the Teaching Arabic as a Foriegn Language program and assisting with preparation of teaching materials. The appointee will also be expected to share in administering the various programs of the Arabic Language Institute including directing ALI itself. Candidates must have a strong background in Arabic grammar, Arabic native-like fluency, excellent English, experience in administration, experience and demonstrated knowledge of teaching Arabic as a foreign language and a Ph.D. in Arabic language.

Arabic Literature: two openings for Arabists to teach courses in Classical Arabic literature, such as survey courses both in Arabic and in translation, pre-Islamic and early Islamic literature, classical literature of the Abbasid period, and history of Arabic literary criticism. Teaching assignment may include the core curriculum's interdisciplinary seminar.

Middle East History: a historian competent in Arab/Islamic history from the rise of Islam to the present and with specialization in Modern Middle East history, to teach in English undergraduate and graduate courses on 19th and 20th century Middle East history and a survey of Arab history. Teaching assignment may include the core curriculum's interdisciplinary seminar.

The Ph.D. is required for all positions. AUC particularly seeks applicants with a demonstrated record or strong promise of excellence in teaching. Scholarly/research experience or potential is expected. Except where specified, appointment may be at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor rank. All positions require fluency in English, the language of instruction. Normal teaching load is 9 hours per semester. All are two-year appointments (renewable) beginning September 1996. Rank, salary according to qualifications and experience. For expatriates, housing, round-trip air travel to Egypt, plus schooling for up to two children included. Write with curriculum vitae to: Dr. Andrew Kerek, Provost, The American University in Cairo, 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite AO-517, New York, NY 10017, preferably before November 30, 1995. AUC in an equal opportunity employer.

Arabic Language and Culture

University of Michigan

The Department of Near Eastern Studies of the University of Michigan is inviting applications for a tenure-track appointment in Arabic language and culture. Such authorization is likely at the Assistant Professor level, but senior candidates may be considered. Applicants must hold the Ph.D. degree and be able to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in Arabic language and linguistics and also teach courses that treat language as a social and cultural phenomenon (for example, how language is used in the construction of nationalism, ethnicity, gender, and political rhetoric). Applicants should specifically identify their research interests within language-and-culture studies and describe the lecture courses they can and wish to teach. The Department of Near Eastern Studies has strengths in both classical and modern Arabic language and literature, in Islamic religion, and in the history of the Middle East. We seek a colleague who will complement the present staff and who will broaden our curricular offerings in language and culture.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, including bibliography, as well as no more than three samples of their scholarly research. Named referees need not send their letters at the time of application. Send application to Chair, Arabic Language and Culture Search Committee, Department of Near Eastern Studies, 3074 Frieze Building, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285.

The University of Michigan is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan, seeks candidates for a tenure-track position in Southeast Asian literature and culture (including cultural studies, literary criticism, history, performance studies, art, religion, folklore etc.) beginning in the fall term, 1996. Rank: Assistant Professor; possible senior appointment. Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or advanced candidacy) in an appropriate humanities or social science discipline, native or near-native competence in a Southeast Asian language and a deep understanding of and ability to interpret the literatures and the cultures of the region in a wider academic context. Teaching duties will include graduate seminars that explore issues in cultural studies or literary theory from an Asian or East-West perspective, undergraduate courses on the literary, religious, and historical cultures of the region, and upper-level courses in which students read and interpret indigenous texts. We seek a person with evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching and one with broad comparative and interdisciplinary interests who can integrate Southeast Asia within the wider humanities curriculum and eventually assist in creating a graduate program in Southeast Asian Literatures and Cultures. Please send letter, CV, at least three letters of recommendation, and evidence of research interests by February 15, 1996, to the Chair of the Southeast Asia Search Committee, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, 3070 Frieze Building, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285. Phone (313) 764-8286, Fax (313) 747-0157. The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory/Affirmative Action employer.

Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology of Bryn Mawr College

The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology of Bryn Mawr College seeks an archaeologist for a tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor beginning in September, 1996. Preferred areas of specialization are Anatolia, Syria-Palestine, and Cyprus within the range of periods Neolithic through Roman. Candidates who are able to contribute to interdisciplinary programs in urban or environmental studies, or who have allied expertise in art history, Classical studies or anthropology, are encouraged to apply. Experience in fieldwork is strongly desired. Ph.D. required. Send letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and names and addresses of from three to five references. Application deadline is November 15, 1995. Address materials to Prof. Stella Miller-Collett, Chair, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899. Fax: 610-526-7479. Tel: 610-526-5053. E-mail: Bryn Mawr College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. The College particularly wishes to encourage applications from individuals interested in joining a multicultural, international academic community. Minority candidates and women are especially encouraged to apply.

Position in Armenian Studies

Columbia University

The Department of Middle East & Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University invites applications for a full-time position in Armenian Studies. Candidates of any rank will be considered from Assistant Professor to tenured Full Professor.

The successful candidate should demonstrate excellent linguistic and teaching abilities on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and have a proven record of vigorous scholarly research. The candidate should be able to integrate course offerings within the general program offered by the Department, and participate in Columbia College's core curriculum. Leadership qualities will be essential, as the position entails the management of resources provided through the Armenian Center at Columbia University and the Department.

Please send Curriculum Vitae and three letters of recommendation to: Marc Van De Mieroop, Acting Chair, Department of Middle East & Asian Languages and Cultures, 602 Kent Hall, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027

Documents should arrive no later than January 15, 1996.

Columbia University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Otto-Friedrichs-Universität Bamberg Fakultät Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften

Otto-Friedrichs-Universität Bamberg Fakultät Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften is soliciting applications to fill a Professorship (Bes. Gr. 3) in Islamic Art and Archaeology beginning with the winter semester of the academic year 1995-96.

The successful applicant is expected to represent the fields of Islamic art and archaeology in teaching and research, demonstrated by academic publications in these fields. Also desired are a knowledge of the languages of the Islamic world as well as practical experience involving fieldwork in archaeological excavations, architectural research, conservation, and research trips in the Middle East. It is expected that he or she will work closely with colleagues in the orientalist disciplines within the Faculty (Islamic studies, Arabic studies, Iranian studies and Turcology) and also with departments of the University concerned with archaeology, architectural history and art history.

Prerequisites for application include a completed degree from an institution of higher learning, aptitude for teaching, and academic promotion, tenure or academic achievements of a comparable level.

Applicants are expected not to have reached their 52nd birthday at the time of appointment; in special cases exceptions may be made to this rule. In cases of equally qualified applicants, those with severe handicaps will receive the benefit of affirmative action. The faculty encourages applications from women scholars.

It is requested that applications with the usual supporting materials (curriculum vitae, letters of reference, diplomas, list of publications and academic lectures) be received no later than November 1, 1995. They should be addressed to:

Dekan der Fakultät Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, An der Universität 5, 9605 Bamberg, Germany [address for packages: Kapuzinerstrasse 16, 96047 Bamberg, Germany].



The membership will recall the discussion of the proposed AOS ethics guidelines on archaeological and other historical relics at the General Business Meeting at the Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City in March 1995. The AOS will again discuss the adoption of the proposed guidelines at the 1996 Annual Meeting. The following agenda is for your information:

1. Please refer to the full text of the Ethics Committee's report, which is available in Newsletter 19 and in the electronic version at the AOS web-site:

2. Discussion of the report and its recommendations will continue at the Philadelphia meeting.

3. The Committee's final recommendation will be formulated at the Philadelphia meeting and will be circulated to the entire membership as a mail ballot for vote.

4. Any members with questions or comments should contact Martha Roth, at her e-mail address: or by mail to: Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, 1155 E. 58th Street, Chicago IL 60637.


From the Secretary

Annual Meetings

The 1997 Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society will convene in Miami. Although the office favored a site in Miami Beach, in accordance with the preferences of the membership expressed at the Salt Lake City meeting last March, no hotel could accommodate us between 15 March and 15 April, when the Society's constitution requires us to meet. We are now negotiating with several hotels in Miami, and the site that seems most suitable is the Hyatt Regency Miami. We shall announce the decision shortly. Please have a look at the AOS home page in the next few weeks for news on the Miami site [].

The 1998 Annual Meeting will be held in New Orleans, where we meet in 1989. In 1999, we meet in Tucson. The 2000 meeting will meet in either Honolulu or San Diego.

The AOS office appreciates the suggestions and advice of the membership on the selection of meeting sites, particularly advice from members residing in the cities mentioned above where the AOS will meet in the future. We should begin to think about the formation of local arrangements committees now. We shall be delighted to hear from enthusiastic volunteers eager to sit on or chair local arrangements committees. We shall appreciate your suggestions and comments. Send e-mail to:

Philadelphia 1996

As for the Philadelphia meeting, 17-20 March 1996, it appears that for a number of reasons, principal among them controversy over the suitability of the selected meeting site, there will be no local arrangements committee or local arrangements at all, for that matter. Indeed, it appears that participation of the Philadelphia membership in the meeting will be almost entirely lacking. This is most distressing, but unfortunately unavoidable. For, although the Secretary attempted to change the site to a more desirable one, our contract with the Penn Tower Hotel, where we shall meet, stipulated a costly penalty for cancellation that we determined would be financially ruinous and, therefore, unbearable. Current difficulties and hurt feelings notwithstanding, we are encouraged at this time that the participation of the membership at large will ensure a successful Philadelphia meeting.

AOS on the Internet

We encourage those members whose computers and connections have adequate capabilities to permit Internet access to have a look at the AOS home page: [Of course you're here, but this text is excerpted from the paper version of the Newsletter.] The AOS home page and the information available there, unlike the paper publications we produce, continuously change. This Newsletter is on the home page, as are, or will be, programs and abstracts of communications of AOS Annual Meetings, links to WWW sites of interest to Orientalists, tables of contents and abstracts of Journal articles, and more.

In the next few weeks, you may have a look at detailed 1996 meeting information, including the program, abstracts, a map of Philadelphia, and other information of use to meeting participants.

Contributors to the AOS

The AOS office will send near the end of this year to those members who have generously contributed to the various development funds of the Society acknowledgments of their contributions. The forms we shall send will comply with IRS charitable contributions reporting requirements. We thank those members who financially support the efforts of the AOS to promote Oriental studies. The list of 1995 contributors will be published in the first issue of the Newsletter of 1996.


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Ruth I. Meserve, Editor

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