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Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient

Journal d'Histoire Economique et Sociale de l'Orient

The Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient (JESHO) publishes original research articles in Asian, Near, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Studies across history. The journal promotes world history from Asian and Middle Eastern perspectives and it challenges scholars to integrate cultural and intellectual history with economic, social and political analysis. The editors of the journal invite both early-career and established scholars to present their explorations into new fields of research. JESHO encourages debate across disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences. Published since 1958, JESHO is the oldest and most respected journal in its field.
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Cyrus Alai

This volume complements the best-seller and award-winning General Maps of Persia, praised by Dr. John Hébert, Chief of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress: “This carefully researched work is a must have item in any collection of research materials on the history of cartography... I cannot wait for the arrival of subsequent volumes of further great scholarship and readable map reproductions on other detailed aspects of the history of mapping of Persia.”

Encouraged by numerous commending reviews in five languages – English, French, German, Persian and Armenian – and gratifying testimonials from many renowned authorities in the fields of ‘History of Cartography’ and ‘Iranian Studies’, Cyrus Alai continued his research and collected further material to produce the present volume: Special Maps of Persia, 1477-1925, covering every map of that region, other than general maps. Thus, it not only complements the General Maps of Persia, it is also a completely new volume in its own right and, providing an even closer insight into the region.

The book is divided into nine chapters: Historical Maps, District Maps, Frontier Maps, Town Maps, Political Maps etc. Like the preceding volume, it has a dual character, being both a carto-bibliography and a mapping history of Persia. It contains 761 map-entries, of which 409 are illustrated, mostly in colour. Concise related historical accounts precede every chapter and section, and essential historical notes are also supplied within many of the map entries.

Undoubtedly, this book is a treasure house not just for cartographers, but also historians, social historians, linguists and archaeologists.

Catalogue of the Western Asiatic Seals in the British Museum

Stamp Seals III: Impressions of Stamp Seals on Cuneiform Tablets, Clay Bullae, and Jar Handles

Terence Mitchell and Ann Searight

This volume publishes drawings of the impressions of stamp seals preserved on Babylonian and Assyrian cuneiform tablets, and other clay objects in the collections of The British Museum. The majority of these seals bears precise dates, ranging from the 9th to the 2nd centuries B.C.; represens the Neo-Assyrian, Neo-Babylonian, Achaemenian and Hellenistic periods; and are set out in chronological order so that the changes in seal design can be clearly seen. Among the images from the Hellenistic period are representations of zodiacal signs.
The volume also includes details of seal impressions on the handles of pottery jars from Palestine. Full bibliographical references to previous publications of the cuneiform texts are given, and the volume concludes with concordances and indices, including a pictorial index of all the seal images arranged typologically.

Michael Morony

the district of Wadi al-Qura, north of Madina, where the main town of Qurh was the center of a network of some 35 satellite mining sites, 23 to 27 of which are associated with Islamic ceramics present on the site. In the immediate hinterland of Qurh were ten gold mining sites, six or seven of which

Mahmood Kooria

activities from Surat to Malabar? The present research is mainly based on the archival materials of the VOC held in the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands. I have looked at the series titled Overgekomen Brieven en Papieren ( OBP = Received Letters and Papers) from Malabar and certain letters in the

Paolo Sartori and Bakhtiyar Babajanov

offerings made to God, if they are given to the poor, are lawful.” 56 Occasions to deliver opinions against the cult of saints within the pages of the journal presented themselves repeatedly. But perhaps the most articulate of all attacks against the practice was published in June 1916: Question 1: Making


Lindsey A. Askin

with Sir 38:1–15 on medicine for example, he does so while still operating within other conventional frameworks of contemporary sociocultural beliefs and classic literary techniques. Along the way, several key characteristics about Ben Sira’s individual scribalism were discerned. These features present

contrast to the masculinized Occident, which was presented, in every aspect, as civilized and superior, especially in Herodotus and Strabo’s “mythical” reports about temple and cultic pros- titution in Babylon and Corinth (the “internal Other” of the Greeks). M. Beard and J. Henderson (“With This Body I


men and women. Chapter 4 deals with o Y ciants who interpret fertility and sexuality. In addition, the book contains Ž ve rather extensive appendices which deal with the following: (1) KAR 154, a middle Assyrian ritual, presented in transliteration and translation, which mentions both qadi Ò tu , a