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Author: Lewis, B.

par Yazi̊d̲j̲i̊og̲h̲lu ʿAlī en fait un prince sald̲j̲ūḳide converti au Christianisme par le patriarche grec, puis ramené à l’Islam par Sari̊ Saltuk, qui lui transmit son pouvoir surnaturel et lui donna le nom de Baraḳ. Les sources arabes le décrivent comme originaire de Tokat (Būḳāt du texte imprimé d

Author: Barak S. Cohen
In For Out of Babylonia Shall Come Torah and the Word of the Lord from Nehar Peqod, Barak S. Cohen reevaluates the evidence in Tannaitic and Amoraic literature of an independent “Babylonian Mishnah” which originated in the proto-talmudic period. The book focuses on an analysis of the most notable halakhic corpora that have been identified by scholars as originating in the Tannaitic period or at the outset of the amoraic. If indeed such an early corpus did exist, what are its characteristics and what, if any, connection does it have with the parallel Palestinian collections? Was this Babylonian Mishnah created in order to harmonize the Palestinian Mishnah with a corpus of rabbinic teachings already existent in Babylonia?
Was this corpus one of the main contributors to the forced interpretations and resolutions found so frequently in the Bavli?
Author: Howard Jacobson

108 BEDAN AND BARAK RECONSIDERED John Day has recently revived the view that the unknown Bedan at 1 Sam. xii 11 is Barak.I There is no reason to consider this impossible. Is it at all likely? To be sure, paleographically speaking, brq could have been corrupted to bdn. But the presence of Barak

In: Vetus Testamentum
In: Encyclopaedia Iranica Online
A Reappraisal Following Israel’s Use of Flechettes in the Gaza Strip (2001-2009)
Author: Eitan Barak
Taking the April 2003 rejection by Israel's Supreme Court of a petition to ban flechette use rounds in the densely populated Gaza Strip as its point of departure, this innovative and interdisciplinary book offers the only in-depth study on flechette weapons conducted to date. Its timeliness is demonstrated in the 2009 Goldstone Report’s call for an urgent UNGA discussion on such weapons’ future legality. The book's first part reviews flechette weapon development and use during the Vietnam War as well as the consequent efforts to ban them. It then turns to the Israeli case: the use in Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and the resulting Supreme Court petition. The book's third and main part dissects the prolonged debate over banning flechettes while resting on unique primary sources such as Israeli post mortem reports together with an ample legal and military-medical literature. The book thus provides one of the most comprehensive explorations available of the distinctions separating legal from illegal conventional weapons.
Author: Barak Kushner
Ramen, Japan’s noodle soup, is a microcosm of Japan and its historical relations with China. The long evolution of ramen helps us enter the history of cuisine in Japan, charting how food and politics combined as a force within Sino-Japan relations. Cuisine in East Asia plays a significant political role, at times also philosophical, economic, and social. Ramen is a symbol of the relationship between the two major forces in East Asia – what started as a Chinese food product ended up almost 1,000 years later as the emblem of modern Japanese cuisine. This book explains that history – from myths about food in ancient East Asia to the transfer of medieval food technology to Japan, to today’s ramen “popular culture.”