(Last updated 8 Mar. 1997)

Saturday, March 22nd

2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Meeting, Editorial Board, JAOS

Sunday, March 23rd

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

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

2:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Book Exhibit

2:00 p.m.-5:30 pm. Sunday Afternoon Sectional Meetings

A. Ancient Near East I: AOS-NACAL: Linguistics. Alan S. Kaye, Chair

Benjamin Hary, Emory University
Linguistic Notes on an Egyptian Judeo-Arabic Translation of Genesis
Baruch A. Levine, New York University
Some Linguistic Features of the Nabatean Legal Papyri from Nahal Hever
David F. Graf, University of Miami
The Relationship of Safaitic and Thamudic "E" in Pre-Islamic Arabic Epigraphy
Peter Daniels, University of Chicago
Byblos Matrix and Ras Shamra Chimera
Alan S. Kaye, California State University, Fullerton
Comparative Afroasiatic Linguistics: A Review of Two Recent Dictionaries
Gábor Takács, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
Ancient Semito-Hamitic Substrate in Proto-Indo-European
Gary Holland, University of California, Berkeley
Relativization in the Masat Texts
Michael Zwettler, Ohio State University
On the Identity of 'L'SDYN and NZRW in the Namara Inscription

B. East Asia I: Literature and Religion. Stephen H. West, Chair (2:00 p.m.--3:45 p.m.)

Paul W. Kroll, University of Colorado
Hsü Hui, First Poetess of the T'ang
Robert M. Gimello, University of Arizona
The Cult of "Mañjusri of the Thousand Arms and the Thousand Bowls" in T'ang Buddhism
Madeline K. Spring, University of Colorado
Portals to the Dark Side in Soushen ji
J. Michael Farmer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Crossings: Three Poems at Jingmen

C. East Asia II: History. Paul W. Kroll, Chair (4:00 p.m.--5:30 p.m.)

Robert Joe Cutter, University of Wisconsin-Madison
So Many Women, So Little Time: the Deposal Cao Fang (r. 239-254)
Yihong Pan, Miami University, Ohio
Marriage Alliance in China's Foreign Politics: From Han to Tang
Ping Yao, University of Illinois
The Changing Power Structure and the Rise of Courtesan Culture in Mid-Tang China: A Study of Bo Juyi's Writings
Zhu Tian-shu, Seoul, Korea
T'ang Culture in the Gold and Silver of the Liao Dynasty

D. Islamic Near East I: Law. Bernard Weiss, Chair

Muhammad Amanullah, University of Utah
Controversy over the Implementation of Just Retribution against a Muslim Who Kills a Non-Muslim Dhimmi or Mu`ahid
Devin J. Stewart, Emory University
Specialization in the Islamic Doctorate of Law
Wolfhart Heinrichs, Harvard University
Remarks on the Furuq Literature
Sherman A. Jackson, Wayne State University
Ibn al-Labbad's Refutation of al-Shafi`i
R. Kevin Reinhart, Dartmouth College
Guilding the Madhhab: The `Schools' of Islamic Law and Their Significance

E. South and Southeast Asia I: Buddhist and Tibetan Studies. George Cardona, Chair

Richard Salomon, University of Washington
A Buddhist Genizeh: Reconstructing the Library of a Gandhran Monastery of About the First Century A.D.
Daniel Boucher, Franklin and Marshall College
Gandhari and the Early Chinese Buddhist Translations: An Old Hypothesis Reconsidered
Jan Nattier, Indiana University
Interpolations in Mahayana Buddhist Texts: Old Ideas, New Ideas, or No Ideas at All?
Kurtis P. Schaeffer, Harvard University
The Attainment of Immortality (Amrtasiddhi /'Chi med grub pa) -- A Bilingual Tibetan and Sanskrit Manuscript
Leonard van der Kuijp, Harvard University
A Thirteenth Century Tibetan History of Indian Buddhist Logic and Epistemology
Alex Wayman, Columbia University
Re the Meaning of the Term svabhava in Buddhist Logic

8:00 p.m.--10:00 p.m. Sunday Evening Sectional Meeting

A. Ancient Near East II: Panel on Goddesses. Julia Asher-Greve, Basil, Switzerland, Chair

Piotr Steinkeller, Harvard University
The Role of the Goddesses in the Early Sumerian Pantheon
Brigitte Groneberg, Hamburg University
Ishtar's Ritual: A Single Transvestite Ritual?
Wolfgang Heimpel, University of California, Berkeley
The Lady of Girsu
Piotr Michalowski, University of Michigan
Against the Grain: Gender, Nisaba, and Writing
Julia Asher-Greve, Basil, Switzerland
Frontality and Goddesses
Jerrold Cooper, Johns Hopkins University
Ascendant Patriarchy, Goddesses in Decline: The Relative Importance of Female Deities in Diachronic Perspective

Monday, March 24

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Registration.

8:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Book Exhibit.

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday Morning Sectional Meetings

A. Ancient Near East III: Recent Developments in Hittite Archaeology and History I. Harry Hoffner, Chair

Harry Hoffner, University of Chicago
Alfonso Archi, University of Rome, Italy
The Function of the West Hurrian Pantheon
Andreas Müller-Karpe, University of Regensburg, Germany
Kusakli-Sarissa, A Hittite Town in the "Upper Land"
Gary Beckman, University of Michigan
'Babyloniaca Hethitica': The 'pabilili Ritual' from Boghazkoy (CTH 718).
Aygül Süel, Ankara University, Turkey
New Finds at Ortaköy-Sapinuwa
Theo van den Hout, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Hittite Royal Funerary Ritual and Recent Developments in Archaeology
Suzanne Herbordt, German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Berlin
Hittite Seals and Sealings from the Nisantepe Archive, Bogazköy
H. Craig Melchert, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Tarhuntassa in the Südburg Hieroglyphic Inscription
Jeanny Vorys Canby, University Museum, Philadelphia
Hittite Art: A Revised View
Calvert Watkins, Harvard University
Homer and Hittite Revisited: 1. The Four Quadrants of Social Appurtenance; 2. KUSkursas and aigis

B. Inner Asia I: History and Archaeology. Leonard W.J. van der Kuijp, Chair

Denis Sinor, Indiana University
Migrations in Inner Asia: Facts and Fancy
Rahim Shayegan, Harvard University
The Avesta and the Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex
Michael R. Drompp, Rhodes College
Hsieh-li Qaghan and the Collapse of the First Türk Empire
P. Oktor Skjaervo, Harvard University
Historical Documents from Eighth-Century Khotan

C. Islamic Near East II: History. Chair to be announced.

Mark R. Cohen, Princeton University
What Was the Pact of `Umar? A Literary-Historical Study
Jacob Lassner, Northwestern University
Reflections on the Foundation Lore of Samarra: A Tale of Two Cities
Maya Shatzmiller, University of Western Ontario
Obstetrics and Pediatrics in Islamic Medicine and Law: A Chapter in the Social History of Women and Medicine
Norman Cigar, Marine Corps School of Advanced Warfighting
Religion and Power in Pre-Colonial Morocco: The `Agagiza Movement
Michel M. Mazzaoui, University of Utah
The Safavid Phenomenon: A Turning Point in Persian History
Michael Robert Hickok, Air War College
Homicide Investigations in the Eighteenth-Century Balkans

D. South and Southeast Asia II: Philosophy and extra-Indian History. Ashok Aklujkar, Chair

Kalyan Kumar Sarkar, University of Windsor
Siva in the Art of Early Java (Indonesia)
Christopher Z. Minkowski, Cornell University
An Unknown Manuscript of the Samudrasangama
B. J. Terwiel, Hamburg University
Mendez Pinto and Thai History
Rahul Peter Das, Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg
On agneya- and saumya- in Classical Indian Medical Texts
Signe Jansen Cohen, University of Pennsylvania
The Svetasvatara Upanisad Reconsidered
John A. Taber, University of New Mexico
Kumarila on Perception

2:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday Afternoon Sectional Meetings

A. Ancient Near East IV: Recent Developments in Hittite Archaeology and History II. Aslihan Yener, Chair

Peter Kuniholm, Cornell University
New Dendrochronology Dates for the Late Bronze Age
Horst Klengel, Berlin, Germany
Problems in Hittite History, Solved and Unsolved
Stephen Lumsden, The Carsten Neibuhr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Gavurkalesi: Investigations at a Hittite Sacred Place
Gregory McMahan, University of New Hampshire
Observations on Hittite Rituals
Robert Alexander, University of Iowa
The Storm God at `Ain Dara
Fiorella Imparati, University of Florence, Italy
Palaces and Local Communities in Some Hittite Provincial Seats
Paul Zimansky, Boston University
Anatolian Influence at `Ain Dara, Syria
Sachihiro Omura, Middle Eastern Culture Center, Tokyo, Japan
Kaman-Kalehöyuk and Late Bronze Age Finds in Central Anatolia
Aslihan Yener, University of Chicago
Concluding Remarks

B. Inner Asia II: Cultural Studies. P. Oktor Skjaervo, Chair

Ruth Meserve, Indiana University
On Blood
Jensine Andresen, Harvard University
Khotanese Tantric Texts
Hamid Sardar-Afkhami, Harvard University
Self-fulfilling Prophecies in Tibetan "Texts from Buried Treasure": Tibetan Historical Consciousness in the Age of Decline
Elling Eide, T'ang Studies Society
Going GAGA over the Fire in the Sky

C. Islamic Near East III: Literature. Everett K. Rowson, Chair

Ruqayya Khan, University of Pennsylvania
Marriage and Sacrifice in the Love Story of al-Muraqqash al-Akbar
Wen-Chin Ouyang, University of Virginia
Al-Mutanabbi in Exile: Poetry in Tenth-Century Arab-Islamic Culture
Sawkat M. Toorawa, University of Mauritius
Waqwaq Revisited and Resituated
James H. Powell, Jr., The Explorers Club
Mountains of the Jinn: Allusions to Geographically Identifiable Mountains and Ranges in Alf Layla wa Layla

D. South and Southeast Asia III: Vedic Studies. Richard Salomon, Chair

Michael Witzel, Harvard University
The Home of the Aryans
Mislav Jezic', University of Zagreb / Harvard University
Sunrta: What or Who?
Theodore Proferes, Harvard University
Aspects of Formulaic Language in the Apri Hymns of the Rgveda
Stanley Insler, Yale University
On the Trica Collection of the Atharvan Tradition
Joel P. Brereton, University of Missouri, Columbia
The Race of Mudgala and Mudgalani

8:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday Evening Sectional Meeting

Ancient Near East V: Literature. Peter Machinist, Chair

John Maier, State University of New York College at Brockport
Territorial and Imperial Figures in Sumerian Literature
Steve Tinney, University of Pennsylvania
Nippur Tablet Types and the Definition of the Sumerian Literary Corpus
Jorge Silva Castillo, CEAA-El Colegio de México
The Term nagbu, "totality" or "abyss", in the First Hemistich of the Epic of Gilgamesh
Benjamin D. Sommer, Northwestern University
The Akitu Festival: Its Purpose and Meaning in Light of a Recent Comparative Approach
Peter Feinman, Columbia University
Cosmos and Chaos in the Ancient Near East-A Case Study: Genesis 14
Dexter E. Callender, Jr., University of Miami
"Your Timbrels and Your Pipes": An Interpretation of Accouterments of the Primal Man in Ezekiel 28
Ziony Zevit, University of Judaism
Mrs.`Ezer Kenegdo
D. R. Frayne, The Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia, University of Toronto
The Early Dynastic Hymn to Gilgamesh

Tuesday, March 25

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Book Exhibit.

8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Plenary Session: Food. Stanley Insler, Chair

Miguel Civil, University of Chicago
Ancient Near East
Stephen H. West, University of California, Berkeley
East Asia
John Masson Smith, University of California, Berkeley
Inner Asia
(Particpant to be announced)
Islamic Near East
Vidyut Aklujkar, University of British Columbia
South and Southeast Asia

11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Business Meeting

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Meeting, American Schools of Oriental Research, Baghdad Committee. Paul Zimansky, Chair

2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Tuesday Afternoon Sectional Meetings

A. Ancient Near East VI: Religion, Science, and Medicine. Robert Biggs, Chair (2:00 p.m.--4:45 p.m)

William W. Hallo, Yale University
More Incantations and Rituals from the Yale Babylonian Collection
Anne Marie Kitz, The Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University
KBo 18.151: A Hittite KIN-Oracle Reconsidered
Leo Depuydt, Brown University
The Beginning(s) of Day and Month in Egypt and the Ancient World
Walter Farber, University of Chicago
Is There a Specific Lamastu Disease?
Barbara Böck, University of Chicago
Physiognomy and Astrology in Ancient Mesopotamia: A comparative study
Suzanne Estelle-Holmer, Yale University
Poetic Features of Early Akkadian Incantations
Tzvi Abusch, Brandeis University
Witchcraft and the Formation of Babylonian Therapeutic Texts

B. Ancient Near East VII: History and Archeology. David Owen, Chair (4:45 p.m -6:00 p.m.)

Glenn M. Schwartz, The Johns Hopkins University
1995-96 Results from Tell Umm el-Marra, Jabbul Plain, Western Syria
Clemens Reichel, The University of Chicago
An Interesting Group of Seal Impressions from Tell Asmar
Hripsime Haroutunian, University of Chicago
Bearded or Beardless? Some Speculations on the Function of Beard among the Hittites
Askold Ivantchik, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow / Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, DC
The "Scythian Domination" in Asia and its Chronology

C. Islam IV: Religion. James Bellamy, Chair

Richard Weissman, University of California, Los Angeles
St. Guinefort, Kitmir and the The Seven Sleepers: New Evidence, New Theories about Cults of Saintly Dogs
Geoffrey D. Porter, New York University
Reorienting Motives of the Qiblah
Eerik Dickinson, Yale University
"Elevation" and Hadith Transmission in Ayyubid Syria
Sidney H. Griffith, The Catholic University of America
Theodore Abu Qurrah in the Majlis of al-Ma'mun
J. Meric Pessagno, Pace University
Much Ado about Nothing: The Non-Existent and the "Dualism" of the Mu'tazila
Timothy J. Gianotti, University of Toronto
Exploring al-Ghazali's Doctrine of Discourse
Paul E. Walker, University of Michigan
The Case of Ibn al-Birdhawn and the Other Guy: Two Maliki Martyrs in History and Hagiology

D. South and Southeast Asia IV: Linguistics and Poetics. Christopher Z. Minkowski, Chair

Ashok Aklujkar, University of British Columbia
The Nirukta notion of karmopasamgraha nipata
Chlodwig H. Werba, University of Vienna, Institute of Indology
Verba Indo-Arica: Introducing a New WHITNEY
Steve Peter, Harvard University
Utá va in the Rigveda
Benjamin W. Fortson IV, Harvard University
Syntax and phonology in the Rigveda: "Metrical" lengthening of final syllables
George Cardona, University of Pennsylvania
Some issues concerning Vakyapadiya 2.64-87
Priyawath Kuanpoonpol, Harvard University
The Scope of the Text: Comparison of Abhinavagupta and Todorov on Defining and Demarcating Textual Boundaries

3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. Book Sale

6:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m. Social Hour (Cash Bar)

7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Annual Subscription Dinner

Presidential Address (Near the Conclusion of the Dinner, at approximately 9:30 p.m.)

Jack M. Sasson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
The King and I

Wednesday, March 26

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

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday Morning Sectional Meetings

A. Ancient Near East VIII: History and Culture. Karen Nemet-Nejat, Chair

Matthew W. Waters, University of Pennsylvania
Sorting the Mail: Assyrian Correspondence and Neo-Elamite History
David Vanderhooft, Boston College
An Unpublished Exemplar of Nebuchadnezzar II's Etemenanki Cylinder and the Administrative Geography of the Neo-Babylonian Empire
Raymond Westbrook, The Johns Hopkins University
mar banî: A Taste of Freedom
Stephen A. Kaufman, Hebrew Union College
The Phoenician Text of the Incirli Trilingual
David Testen, University of Pennsylvania
Identifying the Amyrgian Scythians
Brian B. Schmidt, University of Michigan
`Imagining Other Worlds': The Many "What If's ..." of Arslan Tash
Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley, Eastham, Massachusetts
The Present Situation of the Mandaeans of Iran
Marc Van De Mieroop, Columbia University
On the Political Development in Mesopotamia
James Evans, Stamford, Connecticut
Psycho Chronology in Ancient Literature (to be read by title)

B. Islamic Near East V: Approaches to Understanding Islamic Texts: a critical perspective. Sulaiman Al-Jarallah, Chair

Yushau Sodiq, Texas Christian University
Towards Understanding the Text: A legal interpretation of the Qur'an with reference to Imam Al-Qurtubi's approach and his interpretation of the Qur'an Chapter 4:2-3
Jamal Edin Zarabozo, Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America
Use Of Hadith and Ra'y in the Early Periods of Fiqh
M.M. al-Azami, Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America
On Norman Calder's Studies in Early Muslim Jurisprudence, with General Reference to Muwatta of Imam Malik in the Recension of Yahya b. Yahya al-Masudi al-Laithee
Houcine Chouat, Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America
Orientalist Interpretations of the Texts Regarding the Writing of the Prophetic Sunnah
Jaafar Sheikh Idris, Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America

C. South and Southeast Asia V: Food and Eaters. Joel P. Brereton, Chair

Susan Rosenfield, Harvard University
The Significance of Salt in the Veda
Carlos Lopez, Harvard University
Food and Truth in the Veda
Enrica Garzilli, University of Perugia
Food and Sacrifice in the Veda according to Abhinavagupta's Tantraloka
James L. Fitzgerald, University of Tennessee
Some storks and eagles eat carrion; herons and ospreys do not: kankas and kuraras (and badas) in the Mahabharata
Stephanie W. Jamison, Harvard and Yale Universities
"First catch your rhinoceros": On some dharmic dietary prescriptions

Return to top of Program

Return to the Call for Papers 1997 Page

Return to the AOS Home Page