Book review: Syriac Christians and the early Muslim world

By Mary Fisk|May 27, 2016|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Religions|0 comments

SOAS Library recently acquired Michael Penn’s Envisioning Islam: Syriac Christians and the Early Muslim World. Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) This  review of Envisioning Islam (by Christopher Sahner, of St John’s College, Cambridge) has just been posted on Indiana University’s The Medieval Review, calling the book a “mighty achievement” in its study of the non-Muslim sources on Islamic origins through the large body of Syriac

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Archaeology and religion: two book reviews

By Mary Fisk|February 8, 2016|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Anthropology and Sociology, Art and Archaeology, History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Religions|0 comments

Two books recently acquired by SOAS Library have been reviewed online: Defining the Sacred: Approaches to the Archaeology of Religion in the Near East / edited by Nicola Laneri (Oxford: Oxbow, 2015) Reviewed by Aren M. Maeir (Bar-Ilan University) in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review An “excellent”  collection of studies “dealing with various cultures, finds, issues and periods, ranging from the early Neolithic period until the Iron Age“. Regions studied include ancient

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History – November 2015

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|December 18, 2015|History|

Comparative and thematic The Palgrave encyclopedia of imperialism and anti-imperialism / edited by Immanuel Ness and Zak Cope In the museum of man: race, anthropology, and empire in France, 1850-1950 / Alice L. Conklin The global transformation of time: 1870-1950 / Vanessa Ogle The past is a foreign country – revisited / David Lowenthal Africa Pan-African themes Hunting Africa: British sport, African knowledge, and the nature of empire / Angela

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Religions – November 2015

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|December 17, 2015|Religions|

Comparative and thematic Die Religionen in vorgeschichtlicher Zeit / von Ina Wunn Discovering religious history in the modern age / Hans G. Kippenberg ; translated from German by Barbara Harshav Modern religious cults and movements / Gaius Glenn Atkins The origin and growth of religion: facts and theories / by W. Schmidt ; translated from the original German by H.J. Rose Les religions de la préhistoire : paléolithique / André

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Religions – September and October 2015

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|November 5, 2015|Religions|

Comparative and thematic A noble death: suicide and martyrdom among Christians and Jews in antiquity / Arthur J. Droge, James D. Tabor. Bones: ancient men and modern myths / Lewis R. Binford ; with a foreword by F. Clark Howell The study of religion under the impact of fascism / edited by Horst Junginger Hermeneutics, politics, and the history of religions: the contested legacies of Joachim Wach and Mircea Eliade

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History – September and October 2015

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|November 3, 2015|History|

Comparative and thematic The origins of the modern world: a global and environmental narrative from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century [3rd edition] / Robert B. Marks.-[also available in print] The Silk Roads: a new history of the world / Peter Frankopan Goods from the East, 1600-1800: trading Eurasia / [edited by] Maxine Berg ; with Felicia Gottman Hanna Hodacs, & Chris Nierstrasz  Subverting empire: deviance and disorder in the

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Religions – August 2015

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|September 4, 2015|Religions|

Comparative and thematic Modernities, memory and mutations: Grace Davie and the study of religion / edited by Abby Day, Mia Lövheim Religion in hip hop: mapping the new terrain in the US / edited by Monica R. Miller, Anthony B. Pinn, Bernard “Bun B” Freeman; preface by Michael Eric Dyson. – Religion and power: no logos without mythos / David Martin, London School of Economics, UK Buddhism The Buddha pill:

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History – August 2015

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|September 3, 2015|History|

Comparative and thematic Essaying the past: how to read, write, and think about history / Jim Cullen. –[2 edn]  [also available as an e-book] Using film as a source / Sian Barber Controversial history education in Asian contexts / edited by Mark Baildon, Loh Kah Seng, Ivy Maria Lim, Gül Inanç, and Junaidah Jaffar– China and Tibet Japanese Taiwan: colonial rule and its contested legacy / edited by Andrew D.

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History – June and July 2015

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|August 7, 2015|History|0 comments

Comparative & Thematic The material of world history / edited by Tina Mai Chen and David S. Churchill The Oxford handbook of environmental history / edited by Andrew C. Isenberg The great sea: a human history of the Mediterranean [updated edition] / David Abulafia. Empire by treaty: negotiating European expansion, 1600-1900 / edited by Saliha Belmessous. The pursuit of history: aims, methods and new directions in the study of history

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Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica – June and July 2015

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|August 6, 2015|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica|0 comments

Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations Altbabylonisches Lehrbuch [2nd edition] / Michael P. Streck The witchcraft series Maqlû / by Tzvi Abusch The gods rich in praise: early Greek and Mesopotamian religious poetry / Christopher Metcalf Following the Man of Yamhad: settlement and territory at Old Babylonian Alalah / by Jacob Lauinger Ancient Assyria: a very short introduction / Karen Radner Incantation and anti-witchcraft texts from Ugarit / Gregorio del Olmo Lete

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