At the Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, March 2017, the membership unanimously agreed to the appointment of Geert Jan van Gelder, Laudian Professor of Arabic Emeritus, University of Oxford, and renowned scholar of classical Arabic poetry, as AOS Honorary Member. We have the good fortune of his attending and presenting at the 228th Meeting in Pittsburgh (2018).
The final issue of 2016 has been published. Subscribers should receive their copies by mid-March.
The 227th AOS meeting abstracts are now available for perusal. A print copy will be in the registration packet at the meeting.
The American Oriental Society strongly condemns the Executive Order limiting
the entry of Middle Eastern refugees and immigrants to the U.S.
The Board of Directors of the American Oriental Society, the oldest learned
society in the United States devoted to a particular field of scholarship,
is deeply troubled by the recent executive order on immigration, which
severely restricts the possibility for nationals of seven Middle Eastern
countries to enter our borders. We view the order, which flagrantly
contradicts the core of this nation’s principles, as an unjustified
collective punishment against civilian populations. Moreover, we are deeply
concerned about the harmful effects of this action on the rights and
freedoms of our colleagues in the region, about the consequences for our
colleagues who work on this region from positions in the United States, and
about the future of academic research more generally. Many members of the
American Oriental Society are among the leading scholars of the Middle East
and its inhabitants, past and present alike, and we hope that the Federal
Government will consider carefully and value the opinions of those who are
deeply knowledgeable about the history, traditions, languages, and
literatures of this important part of the world.
The Program for the upcoming AOS meeting, March 17–20, 2017, has been uploaded to the Annual Meeting page. It will be refreshed regularly, as changes occur. A number following in parentheses will indicate which iteration is accessible.
A paperback reprint, with new foreword and list of additions and corrections, has been published of Dimitri Gutas, Greek Wisdom Literature in Arabic Translation: A Study of the Graeco-Arabic Gnomologia (orig. publ. 1975). Price: $59.50. Available for order with Eisenbrauns.
The newest issue is complete; subscribers should receive their printed issue in Thanksgiving week.
The AOS has announced its Call for Papers for the 227th Annual Meeting, to be held March 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. Abstracts are due by October 15, 2016.
The TOC of the second issue of 2016 has been uploaded.
The first JAOS issue of 2016, 136.1, is in the mail to subscribers.