The American Oriental Society mourns the death, Saturday, January 5, 2019, of Stanley Insler, Salisbury Professor Emeritus of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology at Yale University and esteemed member of the Society. Serving in official capacity as Secretary-Treasurer from 1976–1982, Treasurer from 1982–1986, and President in 1997–1998, Stanley also served unofficially, with typical acuity and vision, as the investor genius behind AOS’s well-being. Requiescat in pace.
NEW AOS BOOK, ships December 28, 2018:
Qāsim Beg Ḥayātī Tabrīzī. A Chronicle of the Early Safavids and the Reign of Shah Ismāʿīl (907–930/1501–1524). Edited by Kioumars Ghereghlou. Pp. xxx + 384, illus. $ 69.95. ISBN 978-0-940490-01-7
A little-known and long forgotten Persian dynastic history from the middle of the sixteenth century is now edited and introduced for the first time. The chronicle is devoted to the history of the Ṣafaviyya Sufi order from its formative years under Shaykh Ṣafī al-Dīn Isḥāq Ardabīlī (d. 1334) and his immediate successors until the early years of the reign of Shah Ismāʿīl (1501–1524), the founder of the Safavid dynasty.
Available for (pre)order.
Post-election hangover medicine: the third issue of the year has been sent to subscribers and the contents posted to the website.
Paul Kroll, former AOS President and JAOS Editor-in-Chief, was elected to the American Philosophical Society in April 2018, Class 4: Humanities. The Society congratulates him on this well-deserved honor.
Congratulations from all of the AOS to Stephanie Jamison, JAOS editor-in-chief and former AOS President, who was elected an honorary member of the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft (DMG) in May 2018.
The news broke today that John Huehnergard, former AOS President (2017–18), will be awarded the prestigious Edward Ullendorff Medal, the British Academy’s recognition of scholarly distinctions and achievements in the field of Semitic Languages and Ethiopian Studies, at a ceremony on September 25, 2018. The AOS extends its heartfelt congratulations!
The second issue of the year has been sent out to subscribers. Visit the Publications page for its contents if not a subscriber.
The first issue of 2018 has been published and sent to subscribers.
At its Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, March 2018, the membership unanimously elected Etan Kohlberg, Professor Emeritus at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a leading authority on Shii Islam, as AOS Honorary Member. We have the good fortune of anticipating his attending and presenting at the 229th Meeting in Chicago (March 15-18, 2019).