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Recent Faculty Publications

A rich selection of scholarly works across the disciplines

Leonard Binder, “Identity, Culture, and Collective Action,” in The Evolution of Political Knowledge: Democracy, Autonomy, and Conflict in Comparative and International Politics, ed. E.D. Mansfield and R. Sisson (Ohio State University Press, 2004).


Giorgio Buccellati, “Conservation and Restoration at Tell Mozan, Ancient Urkesh,” The Getty Conservation Institute Newsletter (2003); “Bericht über di 15. Kampagne in Tell Mozan/Urkesh, August-September 2002,” Mitteilungen der Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft 135 (2003); “Tell Mozan (Ancient Urkesh),” in Art of the First Cities: The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus, ed. Joan Aruz (Yale University Press, 2003); and “Il cimento dell’estro e della ragione: la dimensione scribale della cosiddetta ‘Teodicea Babilonese’,” in Semitic and Assyriological Studies Presented to Pelio Fronzaroli by Pupils and Colleagues, ed. Paolo Marrassini (Harrassowitz, 2003).


Susan Downey, Terracotta Figurines and Plaques from Dura-Europos (University of Michigan Press, 2003).


Richard Hovannisian edited Armenian Karin/Erzerum (Mazda, 2003), the fourth volume of conference proceedings from the ongoing series of conferences on Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces.


James Gelvin, “Islamism and Nationalism: Common Roots, Common Destinies,” Beiruter Blaetter: Mitteilungen des Orient-Instituts Beirut 10-11 (March 2004), and “Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc?: Reassessing the Lineages of Nationalism in Bilad al-Sham,” in From the Syrian Land to the State of Syria, ed. Thomas Philipp and Christoph Schumann (Ergon, 2004).


Nikki Keddie, “Iran: Change Will Come from Within,” Economy and Security 21-22 (2003); “A Woman’s Place: Democratization in the Middle East,” Current History 103:669 (January 2004); and “Secularism and Its Discontents,” Daedalus (Summer 2003). Keddie also published Modern Iran: Roots and Results of Revolution (Yale University Press, 2003), a revised edition of Roots of Revolution (1981) with a new introduction, three new chapters on the period since 1979, and a new conclusion.


Françoise Lionnet co-edited three anthologies: Development Cultures: New Environments, New Realities, New Strategies, a special issue of Signs 29:2 (Winter 2004); Francophone Studies: New Landscapes, a special issue of MLN 118:4 (September 2003), co-edited with Dominic Thomas; and Intra-National Comparisons, a special issue of Comparative Literary Studies 40:2 (2003), co-edited with Debra Ann Castillo and Paul Michael Lützeler. Her article on “Creole Vernacular Theatre: Transnational Translation in Mauritius” also appears in MLN 118:4.


Michael Morony edited Production and the Exploitation of Resources and Manufacturing and Labour (2002 and 2003), volumes 11 and 12 in the Ashgate Variorum Reference Series on The Formation of the Classical Islamic World.


Gabriel Piterberg, An Ottoman Tragedy: History and Historiography at Play (University of California Press, 2003), reconstructs the Ottoman narration of a period of crisis in the seventeenth century, observing the dialectical play between history as occurrence and experience and history as a recounting of that experience. He brings theories of historiography into dialogue with interpretations of Ottoman historical texts in order to reconceive the relation between historiography and history.


Ismail Poonawala, “The Beginning of the Ismaili Da`wa and the Establishment of the Fatimid Dynasty as Commemorated by al-Qadi al-Nu`man,” in Culture and Memory in Medieval Islam: Essays in Honour of Wilferd Madelung, ed. Farhad Daftary and Josef W. Meri (I.B. Tauris, 2003). Poonawala also published the second of two volumes of The Pillars of Islam: Laws Pertaining to Human Intercourse, with translation completely revised and annotation (Oxford University Press, 2004). The Da`a’im al-Islam, composed by al-Qadi al-Nu`man ca. 349/960, was commissioned by the Fatimid Caliph al-Mu`izz and thoroughly scrutinized by him. It is considered the greatest authority on Isma`ili law up to the present day and remains a source of supreme authority in their legal matters.


William Schniedewind, How the Bible Became a Book: The Textualization of Ancient Israel (Cambridge University Press, 2004), combines recent archaeological evidence and insights from linguistic anthropology to indicate the late Iron Age (8th through 6th centuries BCE), rather than the Persian and Hellenistic periods, as the formative period for the writing of Biblical literature, and explores why these texts came to have authority as sacred scripture and why Ancient Israel, an oral culture, began to write literature.


Willemina Wendrich published “Total Station and Triangulation: The 2002 ARCE Field School in the Fayum Oasis,” Bulletin of the American Research Center in Egypt 183 (Fall/Winter 2002/03), and, with others, “Berenike Crossroads: The Integration of Information,” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 46:1 (2003).


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