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e-Gorgias (Issue 43, January 2011)


Issue 43
January 2011
Reading Time: 12 minutes

2011 has settled in, bringing with it an abundance of snow (here in New Jersey, we’re experiencing one of the snowiest winters to date). And now that our muscle mass has thoroughly been increased, thanks to the excessive snow shoveling, it’s time to expand our neural networks by picking up a book; of course we here at Gorgias are always prepared to keep your supply healthy. So while you wait for the snow to melt, as we most certainly are, cozy up by the fireplace armed with hot chocolate and a Gorgias book in hand.

The Gorgias Press book grant deadline is just around the corner, so if you haven’t already, please send us your applications by January 31st, 2011; (parts of it can be sent electronically). For the official instructions please look at the Book Grants page on our website. The Book Grants committee will start evaluating applications in February and applicants will be informed of results in March.

Also, effective February 1st, 2011, prices on Gorgias books will increase to cover rising costs of product development, company overhead, and inflation of the past 5 years. The last time Gorgias raised prices was in early 2007. The current average price of a Gorgias volume is now at $75.61, while most independent publishers of specialized limited-market monographs list their titles much higher. All orders placed by Jan 31, 2011 will be with the old pricing. Plus for a limited time we are raising the Gorgias BiblioPerk discount to 20% for all online orders.

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Due to high production volume, we can't list of all the new releases here. Below we include a select list of recent releases. For the complete list, please visit our Just Published page.


Midrash and the Exegetical Mind
By Lieve Teugels

ISBN 978-1-61143-683-9
Hardback, $106.04 (BiblioPerks™ $84.83)

This collection contains papers on rabbinic texts presented at the SBL's annual conferences in 2008 and 2009. Featured rabbinic works are the Babylonian Talmud, the Mekhilta de RaShBY, and a variety of Biblical commentaries found in midrashic works.

The Historiography of Music in Global Perspective
By Sam Mirelman

ISBN 978-1-61143-669-3
Hardback, $105.8 (BiblioPerks™ $84.64)

This volume examines the perception of music’s past, in all its historical, geographical and cultural breadth. The wide-ranging collection of papers address the interpretation of past music cultures from the earliest records of antiquity until the present.

Before The Silence
By Sofia Kontogeorge Kostos

ISBN 978-1-60724-999-3
Hardback, $55 (BiblioPerks™ $44.00)

This book is a collection of newspaper reports documenting the massacres and genocides of Greeks, Armenians, and Assyrian minorities who inhabited Asia Minor for many millennia, by the Ottoman Turks and later the Kemalists. These reports emanating from English sources show that there was a systematic and organized campaign by Turkish authorities to eliminate all traces of the memories of these minorities from the face of the earth.

Ottoman Reforms and Social Life
By Bülent Özdemir

ISBN 978-1-61719-094-0
Hardback, $112.28 (BiblioPerks™ $89.82)

This work is a study of the city of Salonica in the nineteenth century, a period during which the Tanzimat reforms were being introduced across the Ottoman Empire.

Ottoman History as World History
By Huri Islamoglu

ISBN 978-1-61719-104-6
Hardback, $112.16 (BiblioPerks™ $89.73)

This volume is a collection of essays by Huri Islamoglu which argue that Ottoman history must be read as a part of world history.

Rumeli Under the Ottomans, 15th-18th Centuries
By Rossitsa Gradeva

ISBN 978-1-61719-133-6
Hardback, $124.64 (BiblioPerks™ $99.71)

Gradeva’s book is a collection of articles on the Ottoman Balkans which look at the administrative structures and inter-communal relations of the region.

The Netherlands and Turkey
By Alexander H. De Groot

ISBN 978-1-61719-149-7
Hardback, $104.84 (BiblioPerks™ $83.87)

Alexander de Groot looks beyond the Tulip craze of the seventeenth century to explore the story of Dutch-Ottoman contact, from the Battle of Lepanto in the late sixteenth century to the Turkish nationalist struggle of the 1920s.

War and Peace in Rumeli
By Rossitsa Gradeva

ISBN 978-1-61719-151-0
Hardback, $120.56 (BiblioPerks™ $96.45)

This collection of works by Rossitsa Gradeva looks at aspects of the Balkans under Ottoman rule. In particular Gradeva addresses the Danube river, local judicial and administrative practices and daily life under the Ottomans.

British Policy towards Transcaucasia, 1917-1921
By Kaya Tuncer Çaglayan

ISBN 978-1-61719-128-2
Hardback, $111.32 (BiblioPerks™ $89.06)

This work studies British policy towards the Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan) as it developed at the end of the First World War in light of the Russian Revolution.

By Peter Gubser

ISBN 978-1-61143-670-9
Paperback, $38 (BiblioPerks™ $30.40)

Saladin, the great twelfth century Middle East leader, not only created an empire, but also reduced the Crusader presence in the Holy Land. In a comprehensive manner and clear prose, Peter Gubser describes how Saladin rose to power, conquered lands, governed peoples, and raised armies. In addition, he clearly addresses Saladin’s imperial motives, a combination of ambition and devotion to the ideal of unity in Islam.


Here is a select list of forthcoming publications. Click here for a complete list.


Catalogue of Eastern and Western Arabic Libraries
This four-volume set in Arabic is more than the title might suggest. Beginning with a history of Arabic literature, de Tarrazi takes the reader on an encyclopedic tour of the libraries and book collectors of the Middle East and Arabic libraries of the Western world. The set concludes with a history of the Lebanese Library which the author founded.
ISBN 978-1-59333-611-0, Hardback, $494 (BiblioPerks™ $395.20)

Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies (Volume 7)
Widely regarded as a premier journal dedicated to the study of Syriac, Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies was established in 1998 as a venue devoted exclusively to the discipline. An organ of Beth Mardutho, the Syriac Institute, the journal appears semi-annually and will be printed in annual editions. A peer-reviewed journal, Hugoye is a respected academic source for up-to-date information about the state of Syriac studies and for discovering what is going on in the field. Contributors include some of the most respected names in the world of Syriac today. This is Volume 7 of the journal from 2004.
ISBN 978-1-59333-816-9, Paperback, $82.86 (BiblioPerks™ $66.29)

Bride of Light
Syriac is particularly rich in poetry on Mary. Not only is some of this of great tenderness and beauty, but much is also highly imaginative. The present selection of translations includes lyric poems (several by St Ephrem), five lively dialogues, and a longer narrative poem on Mary and Joseph.
ISBN 978-1-59333-845-9, Paperback, $98 (BiblioPerks™ $78.40)

The Journals al-Mashriq and Lisan al-Mashriq (1946-1951)
Al-Mashriq (1946-1947) and its sequal Lisan al-Mashriq (1948-1951) were the primary Arabic journals in Mosul, Iraq, entirely dedicated to the Eastern Christian tradition. Many of the articles were written by the journals’ founder and editor Boulus Behnam. The scope of the journal covers philosophy, history, religion, poetry, and literary criticism. The news section sheds light on the history of the Christian community in Mosul during the 1940s and early 1950s.
ISBN 978-1-60724-529-2, Hardback, $850 (BiblioPerks™ $680.00)

Salvation in Christ According to Jacob of Serugh
Jacob of Serugh’s vision of ‘Salvation in Christ’, in its exegetical, theological, catechetical, liturgical and pastoral aspects, is reviewed in this monograph. Jacob’s mode of symbolic-mystical-silence approach to the mystery of Christ is explained. This treatise gathers up Jacob’s typological and symbolic thought-patterns, in his own language, categories, terminologies, and imageries.
ISBN 978-1-60724-880-4, Hardback, $146.84 (BiblioPerks™ $117.47)

Christian and Muslim Dialogues
This historical survey examines Christian-Muslim dialogues from the rise of Islam until the eve of the Crusades. The narrative argues that Christians and Muslims appropriated the literary form of dialogue in a number of ways to commend their historical and religious worldviews.
ISBN 978-1-61143-920-5, Hardback, $115.64 (BiblioPerks™ $92.51)

The Reign of William Rufus
The historian of the Norman conquest concludes his work with this account of the reign of William Rufus
ISBN 978-1-61719-522-8, Paperback, $203.12 (BiblioPerks™ $162.50)

The Chronicle
The chronicle of Florence of Worcester, from the Anglo-Saxon Conquest to 1140, with its continuations to 1295. An independent source for Anglo-Saxon history, and a contemporary source for the Normans.
ISBN 978-1-61719-424-5, Hardback, $143.36 (BiblioPerks™ $114.69)

The present volume is the Syriac translation of the original Arabic work of Christian theology by Al-Kamus Michael Mina of Egypt.
ISBN 978-1-61143-206-0, Hardback, $108.32 (BiblioPerks™ $86.66)

The Seven Mysteries
Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwaz, Patriarch of Antioch, presents here a discussion of the seven sacraments of the Syrian Orthodox Church.
ISBN 978-1-61143-207-7, Hardback, $116.36 (BiblioPerks™ $93.09)

The Chronography of Bar Hebraeus
This volume presents the text of one of the most important historical works of the Syriac tradition: the world history of Gregory Bar Hebraeus, which attempts to provide a history of the world from Adam until Bar Hebraeus' own lifetime.
ISBN 978-1-61143-208-4, Hardback, $147.68 (BiblioPerks™ $118.14)

Monastic Prayers and the Psalms
This volume presents the Syriac text for two works: a collection of monastic prayers and the book of Psalms.
ISBN 978-1-61143-231-2, Hardback, $127.04 (BiblioPerks™ $101.63)

Liturgy of the Hours
This volume presents the liturgies and prayers for the weekly practice of the divine hours according to the rite of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch.
ISBN 978-1-61143-240-4, Hardback, $129.8 (BiblioPerks™ $103.84)

The Syriac World History
This volume contains the Syriac text of the anonymous historical work known as the "Chronicle of 1234," an important historical work originating from Edessa.
ISBN 978-1-61143-241-1, Hardback, $134.6 (BiblioPerks™ $107.68)

Liturgical Breviary
This work is the breviary for the Eastern Syriac tradition, containing daily liturgical prayers
ISBN 978-1-61143-349-4, Hardback, $131.36 (BiblioPerks™ $105.09)

Lily Montagu's Shekhinah
Lily Montagu's Shekhinah outlines Lily Montagu’s theological writing, particularly her appropriation of the feminine aspect of the divine presence, Shekhinah, and provides a much needed corrective to the androcentric Anglo-Jewish historiography that has ignored, marginalized, and completely erased, the founder of the Liberal Jewish movement in England. Indeed, Luke Devine's book is vital reading for students of Anglo-Jewry, First-Wave feminism, Jewish feminism, Liberal Judaism, and Jewish mysticism.
ISBN 978-1-61143-684-6, Hardback, $104 (BiblioPerks™ $83.20)

`Enbe men Karmo Suryoyo (Bunches of Grapes from the Syriac Vineyard): A Syriac Chrestomathy
`Enbe men Karmo Suryoyo is a chrestomathy intended primarily for students who have covered the essentials of Syriac morphology and syntax, but it should also interest anyone who enjoys Syriac literature in general. The twenty-six selections consist of examples of Syriac prose and poetry from the second until the thirteenth centuries AD. The readings reflect a wide and varied range of subject matter. Inevitably, selections of a religious nature predominate, but historical, ethnographic, chemical, astronomical, and linguistic excerpts produced by famous Syriac authors, as well as less familiar ones, have been included. A Syriac-English glossary and an index of grammatical points are included.
ISBN 978-1-61143-685-3, Paperback, $42.88 (BiblioPerks™ $34.30)



Acquisitions department at Gorgias is starting off 2011 with a bang!

We are receiving lots of new and exciting submissions across our established fields as well as material that moves into new territory for Gorgias.

In 2011 look out for an expansion of our offerings in the field of music studies – especially music archaeology. This year we will begin a partnership with Iconea an online publication dedicated to the archaeomusicology of Near and Middle Eastern cultures from its Sumerian origins to the dawn of Christianity. Iconea also publishes papers of comparative archaeomusicology with contemporaneous neighbouring cultures.

Another new journal in the pipeline is Mosaic Journal, established in 2009 as an interdisciplinary e-journal primarily specializing in research on antiquity. Each volume is dedicated to a special topic of current academic interest. The aim of this new journal is to give scholars a joint forum of discussion and to synthesize results of different disciplines. The first volume brings "Dimensions of Space in Antiquity – Raumdimensionen im Altertum" into focus.

Forthcoming volumes for this year include: A Comparative Dialectical Study of Genitive Constructions in Aramaic Translations of Exodus (Mark Meyer), Jewish-Christian Conversation in Fourth-Century Persian Mesopotamia (Naomi Koltun-Fromm), Issues in Luke-Acts (ed. Sean Adams and Michael Pahl), Jews and Christians in Sasanian Mesopotamia (Geoffrey Herman), The Deserted Medieval Village of Cottam and the Settlement Matrix Model (William Fitts), The Reception and Remembrance of Abraham (ed. Pernille Carstens and Niels Peter Lemche), The Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Ha??an (Alinda Damsma) and many more…

Happy reading Gorgiasians!


A Comparative Dialectical Study of Genitive Constructions in Aramaic Translations of Exodus By Mark Meyer
The purpose of this book is to "mine the gold" in multiple Aramaic translations of the biblical book of Exodus. The pages within reveal important similarities and differences between five Aramaic dialects in the use of genitive constructions.
ISBN 978-1-61143-002-8, Hardback, $140 (BiblioPerks™ $112.00)





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