Past Dissertations

Doctoral Dissertations, 1948—2022


Kayla Dang, “Transmitters, Texts and Traditions: The Zoroastrian Priesthood from the Sasanian to the Early Islamic Period”


Matthew Glassman, “The Mesopotamian Temple Tower”

Julia Hsieh, “The Realm of the Dead through the Voice of the Living: Analysis of Ancient Egyptian Letters to the Dead”


María Alexandra Gutiérrez Jaskiewicz, “Approaching the God: Processional Oracles in Egypt during the Pharaonic and Graeco-Roman Periods”

Nicholas Kraus, “Scribal Education in Sargonic Mesopotamia”

Michael Rapoport, “The Life and Afterlife of the Rational Soul: Chapters VIII-X of Ibn Sina’s Pointers and Reminders and Their Commentaries”


Elizabeth Lang, “The daily grind: women’s experience of bread-making in non-elite households of New Kingdom Egypt”

Geoffrey Moseley, “Plato Arabus: On the Arabic Transmission of Plato’s Dialogues. Texts and Studies”

Shiyanthi Thavapalan, “The Meaning of Color in Ancient Mesopotamia”

Shana Zaia, “Official Religion in the Neo-Assyrian Royal Inscriptions”


Marina Brown, “’Keeping enemies closer’: ascribed material agency in ancient Egyptian rock inscriptions and the projection of presence and power in liminal regions”

Matteo Di Giovanni, “Aristotle’s Metaphysics, Book Alpha Minor: studies in the history of the    tradition and critical editions of the Greek and Arabic texts”

Mary Frazer, “Akkadian Royal Letters in Later Mesopotamian Tradition”


Niv Allon, “Writing, violence and the military: visualizing literacies at the time of Horemhab (1550–1295 BCE)”

Tasha Dobbin-Bennett, “”Rotting in Hell: Ancient Egyptian Conceptions of Decomposition and Putrefaction”

Hadi Jorati, “Science and Society in Medieval Islam: Nasir al-Din Tusi and the Politics of Patronage”

Mareike Koertner, “We Have Made Clear the Signs. Dala’il al-Nubuwa—Proofs of Prophecy in Early Hadith Literature”


Georges-Francois Montillet, “The Flowering of Adab: The Life and Works of Abu Ishaq al-Husri” 


Alicia Cunningham-Bryant, “Engraved in Stone: The Role of Offering Tables in Meroitic Funerary Religion”

Ainsley Dicks, “Catching the eye of the gods [microform] : the gaze in Mesopotamian literature” 

Lauren Lippiello, “Landscapes of ancient Egyptian religion: rock art as indicator for formal ritual spaces during the formative stage of the Egyptian state”

John Wee, “The practice of diagnosis in Mesopotamian medicine: with editions of commentaries on the diagnostic series Sa-gig”


Marc LeBlanc, ““In Accordance with the Documents of Ancient Times”: The Origins, Development, and Significance of the Ancient Egyptian Sed Festival (Jubilee Festival)”


Lukas Muehlethaler, “Ibn Kammuna (d. 683/1284) on the eternity of the human soul: The three treatises on the soul and related texts”


Ahmed al-Rahim, “The creation of philosophical tradition: biography and the reception of Avicenna’s philosophy from the 11th to the 14th centuries AD”

Caitlín Barrett, “Diversity within domestic cult: a contextual analysis of Egyptianizing terracotta figurines from Delos”

Bilal Orfali, “The art of anthology: Al-Thaʻalibi and his Yatimat al-dahr”

Keisuke Takai, “Old Babylonian letter of petition and later individual lament prayers”


David Klotz, “Kneph: the religion of Roman Thebes”

Alexander Treiger, “The science of divine disclosure: Ghazali’s higher theology and its philosophical underpinnings”


Elizabeth Payne, “The craftsmen of the Neo-Babylonian period: a study of the textile and metal workers of the Eanna Temple”


Carl Davila, “The Andalusian music in Fez: the preservation of a mixed-oral tradition”

Racha el Omari, “The theology of Abu l-Qasim al-Balkhi/al-Ka‘bi (d. 319/931): a study of its sources and reception”


Amos Bertolacci, “The reception of Aristotle’s “Metaphysics” in Avicenna’s “Kitab al-Shifa’”: Textual and doctrinal analysis”

Colleen Manassa, “The Late Egyptian underworld: Sarcophagi and related texts from the Nectanebid period”

Harold Vedeler, “A social and economic survey of the reign of Samsuiluna of Babylon (1749–1712 BCE)”


Kevin van Bladel, “Hermes Arabicus”

Cara Sargent, “The Napatan royal inscriptions: Egyptian in Nubia”

Suleiman Murad, “Early Islam between myth and history: Al-Hasan al-Basri (d. 110 H/728 CE) in classical and modern scholarship”


Douglas Green, ““I undertook the great works”: the ideology of domestic achievements in West Semitic royal inscriptions”


Madeleine Fitzgerald, “The rulers of Larsa”


Felicitas Opwis, “Maslaha: an intellectual history of a core concept in Islamic legal theory”

David Reisman, “The making of the Avicennan tradition: the transmission, contents, and structure of Ibn Sina’s “al-Mubahathat” (“the Discussions”)”

Jennifer Houser Wegner, “Cultural and literary continuity in the Demotic instructions”


Jennifer Bryson, “The “Kitab al-Hawi” of Razi (ca. 900 AD), Book One of the “Hawi” on brain, nerve, and mental disorders: Studies in the transmission of medical texts from Greek into Arabic into Latin”

Gül Pulhan, “On the eve of the dark age: Qarni-Lim’s palace at Tell Leilan”


Leslie Wilson, “Nachash and Asherah: Serpent symbolism and death, life, and healing in the Ancient Near East”


Pascale Teysseire, “The portrayal of women in the ancient Egyptian tale”

John Gee, “The requirements of ritual purity in ancient Egypt”


Randa Baligh, “Tuthmosis I”


Richard Whitekettle, “Human Reproduction in the Textual Record of Mesopotamia and Syria-Palestine During the First and Second Millennia B.C.”


Li Guo, “The Middle Bahri Mamluks in medieval Syrian historiography. the years 1297-1302 in the “Dhayl Mir’at al-Zaman,” attributed to Qutb al-Din Musa al-Yunini: a critical edition with introduction, annotated translation, and source criticism”

Sarah Melville, “The role of Naqia/Zakutu in Sargonid politics”


Oded Tammuz, “Archives from Lagaba”

Izumi Yoda, “Oaths in Sumerian archival texts: a case study of Ur III Nippur”


Eric Cohen, “Egyptianization and the Acculturation Hypothesis: An Investigation of the Pan-Grave, Kerman and C-Group Material Cultures in Egypt and the Sudan During the Second Intermediate Period and Eighteenth Dynasty”

Eerik Dickinson, “The development of early Muslim hadith criticism: the “Taqdima” of Ibn Abi Hatim al-Razi (d.327/938).”

Robert Ratcliffe, “The Broken Plural Problem in Arabic, Semitic, and Afroasiatic: A Solution Based on the Diachronic Application of Prosodic Analysis”

Alice Slotsky, “The Bourse of Babylon: An Analysis of the Market Quotations in the Astronomical Diaries of Babylonia”


Briant Bohleke, “The Overseers of Double Granaries of Upper and Lower Egypt in the Egyptian New Kingdom, 1570-1085 B.C.”

Mark Lehner, “Archaeology of an Image: The Great Sphinx of Giza”

Claudine Vincente, “The 1987 Tell Leilan Tablets Dated by the Limmu of Habil-kinu”


Leo Depuydt, “Historical Study and Catalogue Raisonné of the Coptic Collection in the Pierpont Morgan Library”


Billie Jean Collins, “The Representation of Wild Animals in Hittite Texts”

Fred Renfroe, “Arabic and Ugaritic Lexicography”

Gerry Scott, “The History and Development of the Ancient Egyptian Scribe Statue”

Glen Taylor, “Solar Worship in the Bible and Its World”


Paul-Alain Beaulieu, “The Reign of Nabonidus, King of Babylon (556-539 B.C.)”

Lawrence Berman, “Amenemhet I”

Elise Crosby, “Akhbar Al-Yaman Wa-ashʻaruha Wa-Ansabuha: The History, Poetry, and Genealogy of the Yemen of ʻAbid b. Sharya Al-Jurhumi”

Mark Smith, “Kothar wa-Hasis, the Ugaritic Craftsman God”

Marcie Walker, “The Tigris Frontier from Sargon to Hammurabi: A Philologic and Historical Synthesis”

Edward Werner, “The God Montu: From the Earliest Attestations to the End of the New Kingdom”


Stephan Bennett, “Objective Pronominal Suffixes in Aramaic”

Seth Ward, “Construction and Repair of Churches and Synagogues in Islamic Law: A treatise by Taqi al-Din ʻAli b. ʻAbd al-Kafi al-Subki”


Tremper Longman, “Fictional Akkadian Royal Autobiography: A Generic and Comparative Study”

Marc van de Mieroop, “The Early Isin Craft Archive”


Barry Bandstra, “The Syntax of Particle KY in Biblical Hebrew and Ugaritic”

Wesley Garr, “Dialect Geography of Syria-Palestine, 1000-586 B.C.”

Laurie Pearce, Cuneiform Cryptography: Numerical Substitutions for Syllabic and Logographic Signs

Everett Rowson, “Al-‘Amiri on the Afterlife: a Translation with Commentary of His “Al-Amad ‘Ala Al-Abad””

Glenn Schwartz, “From Prehistory to History on the Ha̮bur Plains: The Operation 1 Ceramic Periodization from Tell Leilan”

Raymond Westbrook, “Old Babylonian Marriage Law”

Nancy Woodington, “A Grammar of the Neo-Babylonian Letters of the Kuyunjik Collection”


Susan Bridges, “The Mesag Archive: A Study of Sargonic Society and Economy”

Douglas Frayne, “The Historical Correlations of the Sumerian Royal Hymns (2400-1900 B.C.)”

John Turner, “Early Mesopotamian Agriculture: A Quantitative Model for Ur III Umma”


Betsy Bryan, “The Reign of Tuthmosis IV”

Bruce Zuckerman, “The Process of Translation in 11QtgJob: A Preliminary Study”


Peter Machinist, “The Epic of Tukulti-Ninurta: A Study in Middle Assyrian Literature”


Gary Beckman, “Hittite Birth Rituals”

Laurence Doty, “Cuneiform Archives from Hellenistic Uruk”

Tikva Frymer-Kensky, “The Judicial Ordeal in the Ancient Near  East”

Jonathan Rodgers, “Semitic Accentual Systems”

Carl Wurtzel, “The Umayyads in the History of Khalifa b. Khayyat”


Karen Polinger Foster, “Aegean Faience of the Bronze Age”

Marie-Henriette Gates, “Alalakh-Tell Atchana, Levels VI and V: A Re-Examination of a Mid-Second Millennium B.C. Syrian City”

Peter Knobel, “Targum Qoheleth: A Linguistic and Exegetical Inquiry”

Piotr Michalowski, “The Royal Correspondence of Ur”

Marcel Sigrist, “Ninurta à Nippur: L’économie du culte pendant la période d’Isin et Larsa”


Benjamin Foster, “Umma in the Sargonic Period”

Maureen Gallery, “The Office of the šatammu in the Old Babylonian Period”

Yasin Al-Khalesi, “Mesopotamian Monumental Secular Architecture in the Second Millennium B.C.”


Dimitri Gutas, “Greek Wisdom Literature in Arabic Translation: a Study in the Literary Transmission of Popular Ethics”

Curtiss Hoffman, “The Lion, Eagle, the Man, and the Bull in Mesopotamian Glyptic”

Ivan Starr, “The Bārû Rituals”


Jerome Pesagno, “The Kitab al-Iman of Abu ʻUbayd al-Qasim b. Sallam. A Study of the Muslim Struggle for a Definition of Faith”

Anthony Spalinger, “Aspects of the Military Documents of the Ancient Egyptians”

Norman Yoffee, “The Economic Role of the Crown in the Old Babylonian Period”


David King, “The Astronomical Works of Ibn Yunus”


Virginia Davis, “Syntax of the Negative Particles bw and bn in Late Egyptian”

William Fulco, “The God Rešep”

William Horwitz, “Graphemic Representation of Word Boundary: The Small Vertical Wedge in Ugaritic”

Anthony Saldarini, “The Fathers According to Rabbi Nathan (Abot de Rabbi Nathan): A Translation and Commentary”

Jeffrey Tigay, “Literary-Critical Studies in the Gilgamesh Epic: An Assyriological Contribution to Biblical Literary Criticism”


Stephen Kaufman, “The Akkadian Influences on Aramaic and the Development of the Aramaic Dialects”

Yona Sabar, “A Neo-Aramaic Homily on Bešallah, Introduction, Phonetic Transcription, Translation, Notes and Glossary”

Hasan Shuraydi, “The Medieval Muslim Attitude Toward Youth”

Kent Weeks, “The Anatomical Knowledge of the Ancient Egyptians and the Representation of the Human Figure in Egyptian Art”


Maria Ellis, “Taxation and Land Revenues in the Old Babylonian Period”

James Muhly, “Copper and tin: the distribution of mineral resources and the nature of the metals trade in the Bronze Age”


Theodore Gluck, “The Arabic Legend of Seth, The Father of Mankind”

N. B. Millet, “Meroitic Nubia”

Fawwaz Tuqan, “The Book of the Pearl on Statecraft: A Critical Translation”


Joel Kraemer, “Abu Sulayman As-Sijistani: a Muslim Philosopher of the Tenth Century”

Raphael Kutscher, “a-ab-ba ḫu-luḫ-ḫa: The History of a Sumerian Congregational Lament”


Stuart Ryder, “The D-Stem in Western Semitic”


Abraham Udovitch, “Partnership in Medieval Islamic Law”

David Weisberg, “Guild Structure and Political Allegiance in Early Achaemenid Mesopotamia”


Alfred Eaton, The Goddess Anat: The History of Her Cult, Her Mythology and Her Iconography

Tadanori Yamashita, “The Goddess Asherah”


Jacob Lassner, “The Topography of Baghdad according to al-Khatib al-Baghdadi”


Charles Kennedy, “The Whiting Collection of Palestinian Pottery at Yale”


Philip Hammond, “A Study of Nabataean Pottery”

John Ludlum, “Dual Greek Text of Judges in Codices A and B”


Edward Chase, Jr, “The Mir’āt al-Zamān of Sibṭ ibn al-Jauzi”


Marvin Pope, “The Ugaritic Particles W, P, and M with an Excursus on B, L, and K”


Vaugh Crawford, “Terminology of the Leather Industry in Late Sumerian Times”