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e-Gorgias (Issue 44, April 2011)

 

Issue 44
April 2011
Reading Time: 17 minutes
 

We are pleased to announce the Gorgias Pre Summer Reading SALE

30% OFF EVERYTHING!

Offer lasts from now till May 15th 2011

Summer is just around the corner and with it comes vacations, travels, and of course a summer reading list. While we can’t help you with all your summer planning, we at Gorgias Press want to make sure that your summer reading list is stocked and ready. Thus, we’re offering a 30% discount through biblioperks on all our books (including Sokoloff). But this offer only lasts until May 15th 2011, so hurry and build your summer reading list today.

Sale applies to online orders only. All web purchases through this sale are final; no returns or cancellations please. Sale offer cannot be combined with any other offer.

Spring has finally sprung and in its honor we are proud to present our complete 2011 library catalog. The catalog is available online, click here to view. We just kicked off our conference season with ACRL at the beginning of this month, and we are now busy preparing for the rest of the season. But not to worry, amidst the madness of planning, preparing, and packing for the conferences, we are still producing a healthy supply of books for your reading pleasure.

In our enthusiast of the month section, be sure to check out Deborah Brown Stewart’s article. Here’s a preview:

“Whenever a colleague approaches me for advice about how to build a collection in early Christianity, eastern Christian studies, or Byzantine studies, I always mention Gorgias Press as one of the publishers that he or she should watch closely. No other publisher brings the level of attention and enthusiasm to publications on eastern Christianity that Gorgias Press does. They print and promote high-quality scholarship on topics that are ignored by other publishers...”

And now, eager applicants, we present the results of the Book Grant 2011. The winners are:

Alex C.J. Neroth van Vogelpoel of Oxford University specializing in Syriac Studies

Jennifer Singletary of Brown University specializing in Ancient Near Eastern Studies

We would like to thank all our applicants for taking the time to send us their application.

 

Christine Kiraz

We have moved to 954 River Rd., Piscataway, NJ 08854.


 

  • Recently Released
  • Coming Soon
  • From the Acquisitions Desk
  • Enthusiast of the Month: Deb Stewart from Dumberton Oaks
  • Conferences

 


 





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.

 

Dating Archaic Biblical Hebrew Poetry
By Robyn Vern

ISBN 978-1-61143-921-2
Hardback, $145.3 (BiblioPerks™ $101.71)

The dating of some Archaic Biblical Hebrew poems to the late second millennium – early first millennium BCE on the basis of a handful of linguistic forms in common with second millennium Ugaritic and Amarna-Canaanite texts is brought into question. This critique highlights the problems with the arguments and hypotheses presented in the literature, and concludes that there is no compelling evidence to support the use of linguistic data for dating purposes.



British Consular Reports from the Ottoman Levant in an Age of Upheaval, 1815-1830
By Theophilus C. Prousis

ISBN 978-1-61719-100-8
Hardback, $143.35 (BiblioPerks™ $100.35)

This book is a case study of British diplomatic activities at several of its consulates in the Ottoman Empire, focusing on the reports files from the stations to the Foreign Office.



Christian and Muslim Dialogues
By David Bertaina

ISBN 978-1-61143-920-5
Hardback, $142.5 (BiblioPerks™ $99.75)

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.



Fundamentals 2: Grammatical Meditations
By Philoxenos Yuhanon Dolabani

ISBN 978-1-61143-197-1
Hardback, $118.3 (BiblioPerks™ $82.81)

In volume 2 of his Syriac Grammar, Mor Philoxenos Yuhanon Dolbani introduces grammatical concepts for more advanced students. The book is organized into brief chapters that introduce new concepts, and each chapter includes questions and exercises.



The Rite of Burial for the Order of Priests
By Abraham Kunat

ISBN 978-1-61143-342-5
Hardback, $153.4 (BiblioPerks™ $107.38)

This volume presents the Syriac and Malayalam texts for the rite of the burial of priests in the Malankara Syriac tradition.



From the Balkans to Asia Minor
By Zeki Ergas

ISBN 978-1-61719-132-9
Hardback, $144.1 (BiblioPerks™ $100.87)

A novel about a Balkan family’s experiences during the First World War and the subsequent Greek-Turkish War.



Representations of the "Other/s" in the Mediterranean World and their Impact on the Region
By Nedret Kuran-Burçoglu

ISBN 978-1-61719-125-1
Hardback, $146.5 (BiblioPerks™ $102.55)

A collection of essays about the representation of the ‘other’ across the Mediterranean region throughout history and during the present day.



Midrash and the Exegetical Mind
By Lieve Teugels

ISBN 978-1-61143-683-9
Hardback, $132.55 (BiblioPerks™ $92.79)

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, $131.25 (BiblioPerks™ $91.88)

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.



Salvation in Christ According to Jacob of Serugh
By Thomas Kollamparampil

ISBN 978-1-60724-880-4
Hardback, $175 (BiblioPerks™ $122.50)

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.






 





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

 

Good vs. Evil
Three friends go to the library one day and get a book called Good vs. Evil. They start reading the book, but soon they find themselves in the book. Find out about the adventure they have to go through in order to get out of the book.
ISBN 978-1-61143-968-7, Hardback, $108.25 (BiblioPerks™ $75.78)

Twixt Pera and Therapia
This book comprises the diaries of Lady Layard, wife of the British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, between 1877 and 1880.
ISBN 978-1-61143-734-8, Hardback, $141.85 (BiblioPerks™ $99.30)

Sufi Orders in Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Egypt and the Middle East
A collection of essays by Professor Frederick de Jong on Islamic mysticism, the idea of tasawwuf and the Sufi orders in Egypt and the Middle East during the period from 1880s to 1970s.
ISBN 978-1-61143-735-5, Hardback, $141.1 (BiblioPerks™ $98.77)

Texts and Translations of the Chronicle of Michael the Great
This invaluable nine-volume set on the Chronicle of Michael the Great makes the scholarly resources on this unique manuscript available together for the first time. Now inaccessible, the Chronicle is the largest medieval chronicle known, and is available here for the first time in history as a facsimile copy of the original manuscript, as well as in a copy of the original Syriac, the French translation, an abbreviated Armenian recension, and Arabic versions. The Chronicle is one of the most important primary sources on the history of the Middle East, especially the period between the rise of Islam and the Crusades.
ISBN 978-1-59333-114-6, Hardback, $1937.5 (BiblioPerks™ $1,356.25)

The Order of Solemnization of the Sacrament of Matrimony
A bilingual edition (Syriac and English) of the service of matrimony as used by the Syriac Orthodox Church today.
ISBN 978-1-61143-959-5, Hardback, $115 (BiblioPerks™ $80.50)

The Order of the Burial of the Dead
A bilingual edition (Syriac and English) of the service of burial as used by the Syriac Orthodox Church today.
ISBN 978-1-61143-960-1, Hardback, $127 (BiblioPerks™ $88.90)

M'ade'dono The Book of the Church Festivals
A bilingual edition (Syriac and English) of the church festivals (Christmas, Epiphany, presentation to the temple, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, Pentiecost, etc.) as used by the Syriac Orthodox Church today.
ISBN 978-1-61143-961-8, Hardback, $162.25 (BiblioPerks™ $113.58)

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
A bilingual edition (Syriac and English) of the service of baptism as used by the Syriac Orthodox Church today.
ISBN 978-1-61143-958-8, Hardback, $115 (BiblioPerks™ $80.50)

Les relations entre turcs et juifs dans la turquie moderne
This book investigates the relationship between Turks and Jews in the Turkish Republic. A variety of sources, from popular literature to Islamist writings, are included in this unique study.
ISBN 978-1-61143-811-6, Hardback, $127 (BiblioPerks™ $88.90)

Problèmes et approches de l'histoire ottomane
This collection of selected articles by Ottoman historian Evangelia Balta discusses a variety of subjects within Ottoman social and economic history, all based on meticulous archival research.
ISBN 978-1-61143-810-9, Hardback, $148.75 (BiblioPerks™ $104.13)

Les Turcs au Moyen-age
This collection of articles concentrates on the medieval history of the Turks, Seljuks, Turkmen and Ottomans. It emphasizes the multiple currents of influence linking the late Byzantine Empire, the early Ottoman Empire and humanist Europe.
ISBN 978-1-61143-808-6, Hardback, $123.4 (BiblioPerks™ $86.38)

Romanie byzantine et pays de Rûm turc
This book presents a history of Greco-Turkish relations which emphasizes the exchange between the two cultures starting from Byzantine times. It contests the common military approach to the history of these cultures and their relationship.
ISBN 978-1-61143-804-8, Hardback, $137.5 (BiblioPerks™ $96.25)

Islam mystique et révolution armée dans les Balkans ottomans
This book analyzes the life and work of Sheikh Bedreddin of Samavna (1358/9-1416) and his influence on the development of mystical Islam in the Balkans as well as his political importance.
ISBN 978-1-61143-807-9, Hardback, $126.25 (BiblioPerks™ $88.38)

Anthologie d'historie ottomane
This anthology of excerpts from primary sources in Ottoman history is the first of its kind. It presents and comments a number of texts dating from the first two centuries of the Ottoman Empire.
ISBN 978-1-61143-805-5, Hardback, $113.35 (BiblioPerks™ $79.35)

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, $617.5 (BiblioPerks™ $432.25)

Byzantins et ottomans
This book offers a comprehensive study of the many points of contact, influence and exchange between Byzantines and Ottomans in medieval times, from linguistic exchange to philosophical encounters.
ISBN 978-1-61143-806-2, Hardback, $141.7 (BiblioPerks™ $99.19)

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, $103.575 (BiblioPerks™ $72.50)

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, $130 (BiblioPerks™ $91.00)

`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, $53.6 (BiblioPerks™ $37.52)

 


 





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, $218.75 (BiblioPerks™ $153.13)

 



 


 





Enthusiast of the Month: Deborah Brown Stewart, Librarian for Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, since January 2003. Ph.D. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology.

Whenever a colleague approaches me for advice about how to build a collection in early Christianity, eastern Christian studies, or Byzantine studies, I always mention Gorgias Press as one of the publishers that he or she should watch closely. No other publisher brings the level of attention and enthusiasm to publications on eastern Christianity that Gorgias Press does. They print and promote high-quality scholarship on topics that are ignored by other publishers who are concerned more with profit than with humanistic scholarship.

With its mission to collect all scholarly publications relevant to Byzantine studies, the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library relies on Gorgias Press for quality monographs, journals, and reprints in the areas of early Christianity, late antiquity, Byzantine studies, Syriac Christianity, Armenian studies, Coptic studies, early and medieval Islamic studies, the history of Christians and Christianity in Islamic-controlled lands, and a number of related disciplines. In particular, the library purchases almost all titles published in Gorgias Press’s Eastern Christian Studies series, Monastic Studies series, and the Texts from Christian Late Antiquity series. I am looking forward with great anticipation to the volumes that will be forthcoming in the new series Pro Oriente Studies in the Syriac Tradition as well.

Through their co-publication program, Gorgias Press partners with societies and institutions such as the Bar Hebraeus Verlag and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library. As a librarian, I am grateful for the ease with which our library can acquire these publications through Gorgias Press as the distributor, but I also appreciate the quality of the hardcover and paperback editions since publications must survive the rigors of library usage.

Selectors, such as myself, watch for new research trends, which is one reason I study the Gorgias Dissertations titles with great interest. This particular initiative ensures that brilliant new perspectives and research are being published and distributed to the greater scholarly community. The title list also strikes a personal chord within me. Sadly, with the demands of the current academic job market and tenure requirements, I watch many junior scholars struggling to publish their research and remain in the field. Thankfully, the Gorgias Dissertations series gives a voice to promising young authors.

Gorgias Press reprints are invaluable to a library such as ours. Few things wound a librarian’s heart more than discovering a monograph crumbling to pieces and beyond the skills of a paper conservator. Reprints by Gorgias Press provide me a measure of comfort, since our library’s mission is to maintain a comprehensive collection in support of our subject areas. Not only can I fill lacuna with important reprints, but I can also replace a deteriorating monograph with an archivally-sound reprint in order to keep significant older scholarship readily available in the open stacks rather than in the rare book room. We buy a lot of titles from the Analecta Gorgiana reprint series, Syriac Studies series, and Gorgias Classic Archaeological Reprints.

In my opinion, Gorgias Press can provide not only for the specialists but the non-specialists as well. We have all witnessed how globalization prompts curiosity and interest in other peoples and other pasts. Even in my small corner of the world, I have observed that an increasing number of graduate students and faculty are excited about the variety of peoples, cultures, and religions that have occupied the Near and Middle East. Yet, many of the students are daunted by languages such as Syriac. Gorgias Press publications open the door for these students and other future researchers through texts and translations of significant ancient and medieval authors, such as Aphraates, Jacub of Serugh, and Michael the Syrian (just to name a few!).

Libraries that serve patrons with interests in the history of the early Christianity, early and medieval Islam, late antiquity, Roman studies, and Near Eastern archaeology should consider standing orders for select series like Gorgias Eastern Christian studies. Collections development librarians who worry that they know too little about these subject areas to select individual titles will find the printed catalogs and website useful because of the information that is supplied with each title. Gorgias Press produces affordable, high-quality publications that graduate students and faculty covet but also that make material accessible to undergraduates. Even law schools that include the history of law as part of their curricula or research or science programs that explore the history of environmental change or natural disasters will find a number of titles that will interest their researchers. Recent titles I would recommend for university libraries include: Syriac Texts and Translations of the Chronicle of Michael the Great (Volumes 1-4) by Gregorios Ibrahim, History of Eastern Christianity by Aziz Atiya, The Demonstrations of Aphrahat, the Persian Sage by Adam Lehto, Jacob of Serugh and His Times by George Kiraz, Studies on Jacob of Edessa by Gregorios Ibrahim and George Kiraz, and Yours, Mine, or Theirs? Historical Observations on the Use, Collection and Sharing of Manuscripts in Western Europe and the Christian Orient by Columba Stewart.

 

Syriac Texts and Translations of the Chronicle of Michael the Great (Volumes 1-4)
By Gregorios Ibrahim

ISBN 978-1-59333-114-6-Syr
Hardback, $1243.75 (BiblioPerks™ $870.63)

This invaluable five-volume set on The Chronicle of Michael the Great makes the scholarly resources on this unique manuscript available together for the first time. Soon to be accessible, The Chronicle is the largest medieval chronicle known, and is available here for the first time in history as a facsimile of the original manuscript, as well as in a copy of the original Syriac, the French translation. The Chronicle is one of the most important primary sources on the history of the Middle East, especially the period between the rise of Islam and the Crusades.



History of Eastern Christianity
By Aziz Atiya

ISBN 978-1-60724-343-4
Hardback, $176.8 (BiblioPerks™ $123.76)

Written by a Copt, the book portrays the history of the faith of these non-Chalcedonian Churches with first-hand knowledge of their traditions, covering the Copts, Ethiopians, Syriac Orthodox, “Nestorians”, Armenians, and the St. Thomas Christians of South India.



The Demonstrations of Aphrahat, the Persian Sage
By Adam Lehto

ISBN 978-1-59333-768-1
Hardback, $188.75 (BiblioPerks™ $132.13)

Among the earliest known sources from the Persian Church, the 4th-century Demonstrations of Aphrahat reflect a form of Christianity much closer to its Jewish roots than contemporary Western forms. Their mix of ascetic instruction, polemic against Judaism, and theological reflection provides an invaluable glimpse into this otherwise poorly documented period.



Jacob of Serugh and His Times
By George Kiraz

ISBN 978-1-60724-049-5
Hardback, $181.25 (BiblioPerks™ $126.88)

This volume is a collection of studies on the Syriac sixth century writer Jacob of Sarug by a team of international scholars, including Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Sebastian P. Brock, Sharbil Iskandar Bcheiry, Khalid Dinno, Sidney Griffith , Mary Hansubry, Amir Harrak , George A. Kiraz , Edward Matthews, Aho Shemunkasho, and Lucas Van Rompay.



Studies on Jacob of Edessa
By Gregorios Ibrahim

ISBN 978-1-60724-997-9
Hardback, $162.5 (BiblioPerks™ $113.75)

Jacob of Edessa was a seventh century polymath who witnessed the coming of Islam. In this collection of papers, specialists discuss the life and works of this literary figure with emphasis on the cultural landscape of the seventh century. Contributors include Sebastian P. Brock, Richard Price, Andreas Juckel, Alison Salvesen, Theresia Hainthaler, Amir Harrak, and Khalid Dinno.



Yours, Mine, or Theirs? Historical Observations on the Use, Collection and Sharing of Manuscripts in Western Europe and the Christian Orient
By Columba Stewart

ISBN 978-1-60724-059-4
Paperback, $45.3125 (BiblioPerks™ $31.72)

In the west centuries ago manuscripts were replaced by printed books, and relegated to mostly secular libraries as a result of religious and political upheavals. In the Christian Orient such changes were slower and remain less advanced. Manuscripts have not entirely vanished from regular use, and Christian communities retain ownership of significant collections of their historic manuscripts. The vital connection between manuscripts and religious culture endures, even if attenuated by persecution, diaspora, technology, and other aspects of modernity. This essay provides an historical survey of these issues in both Europe and the Christian Orient (limited here to the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Ethiopia/Eritrea).



 


 





ACRL Conference Report

The Association of College and Research Libraries held their annual conference in Philadelphia this year from March 30-April 2 and Gorgias Press is glad to have participated. We displayed our newest titles, as well as our hefty new 2011 Library catalogue. Unfortunately, more people took our pens with the link to the online catalogue because our printed catalogue was just too heavy for the plane ride home! Fortunately, however, there was a great interest in our Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies series. In addition, many librarians were impressed with our new series on Ottoman studies, Analecta Isisiana. They didn’t realize that we actually have 158 titles in this series!

Overall, Gorgias Press received a lot of attention from other exhibitors at the conference. We were able to meet many of our customers, as well as create new working relationships. We were approached by a bibliographic data host company that was impressed with the quantity of rare publications. They especially wanted to include our journals in their database; it’s a missing niche in their database, they claimed, which they are now glad to fill. Also, we met with a Baker & Taylor Library Services representative and we are now in the process of offering e-books through them! We also found a more efficient book scanner that will be vital to making our out of print books more widely available for libraries.

Thus, the conference was a great success. We even had a little time to explore the surrounding Philadelphia area and enjoyed some of the local cuisine.

Gorgias Press will be exhibiting at the conferences and meetings listed below, offering a special discount to conference attendees for not just the books in display but for all items in our current catalog. In addition, our editors will also be present at these meetings should you have a manuscript proposal which you would like to discuss with us.

 


 





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