Faculty Publications

2017

Alan Mikhail
Under Osman’s Tree: The Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and Environmental History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. Osman, the founder of the Ottoman Empire, had a dream in which a tree sprouted from his navel. As the tree grew, its shade covered the earth; as Osman’s empire grew, it, too,...
Eckart Frahm
A Companion to Assyria is a collection of original essays on ancient Assyria written by key international scholars. These new scholarly contributions have substantially reshaped contemporary understanding of society and life in this ancient civilization.
Hannan Hever
This book is a methodical, comprehensive work that locates and analyzes the presence of trauma in the language, poetics and politics of Israeli literature. It raises acute questions about the politics of literature, and of its moral authority; it focuses on the responsibility of the author within...
Kevin van Bladel
This historical study argues that the Mandaean religion originated under Sasanid rule in the fifth century, not earlier as has been widely accepted. It analyzes primary sources in Syriac, Mandaic, and Arabic to clarify the early history of Mandaeism. This religion, along with several other, shorter...

2016

Carolyn J. Sharp
The Latter Prophets–Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Book of the Twelve–comprise a fascinating collection of prophetic oracles, narratives, and vision reports from ancient Israel and Judah. Spanning centuries and showing evidence of compositional growth and editorial elaboration over...
Marcia Inhorn
Using an entirely new conceptual vocabulary through which to understand men’s experiences and expectations at the dawn of the twenty-first century, this path-breaking volume focuses on fatherhood around the globe, including transformations in fathering, fatherhood, and family life. It includes new...
Frank Griffel
Al-Ghazālī (d. 505/1111) is one of the most influential thinkers of Islam. There is hardly a genre of Islamic literature where he is not regarded as a major authority. Islamic Law, Sufism, ethics, philosophy, and theology are all deeply shaped by him. Yet in the past thirty years, the field of...
Hannan Hever
This book offers a challenging, rich, and innovative approach to the study of representations of violence in modern national poetry. Hebrew poetry had a major role in the national coming-to-terms with the fundamental issues arising from the massive violence Jews were confronted with during the...
Emma Sky
When Emma Sky volunteered to help rebuild Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, she had little idea what she was getting in to. Her assignment was only supposed to last three months. She went on to serve there longer than any other senior military or diplomatic figure, giving her an...

2015

Carolyn J. Sharp
This volume advances the scholarly discussion of Jeremiah via rigorous feminist and postcolonialist theorizing of texts and interpretive issues in that prophetic book. The essays here, by seasoned scholars of Jeremiah, offer significant traction on the biblical book’s construction of the...