The study of women in the Ancient Near East has been the focus of steadily increasing interest in recent years. In large part this is due to the growing importance of Women's Studies as an academic discipline in general, but also must owe something to the heightened awareness of social history in Near Eastern studies. Whatever the reasons, the amount of relevant published material on women in the Ancient Near East has dramatically expanded in the past few years. The scholarly literature on the subject is very extensive, complex and often difficult to navigate. The present bibliography reflects the acquisitions of The Oriental Institute Research Archives over the past five years [1988-1992]--representing virtually all publications in Ancient Near Eastern Studies--and was compiled to provide improved access to recent sources on women in the Ancient Near East.
The present bibliography is limited to monographic acquisitions of The Research Archives over the past five years; it also includes individual articles in publications acquired since 1990 and a few items awaiting formal accession. Within these limits, I have attempted to include everything of potential relevance. In many ways, this bibliography parallels The Research Archives Acquisitions List, from which I compiled many of the entries. Citations are given in alphabetical order of the authors' names. In cases where a particular item's relevance is not immediately apparent from the citation, a brief description is appended. Since the Research Archives holdings are the source for the citations, Research Archives call numbers are given where applicable; full bibliographical information for each entry has been provided, so that users of other libraries should be able to locate individual items. In order to facilitate use of the bibliography, there is also an index of books reviewed and a general subject index. In addition to using keywords from entry titles, the latter index also makes use of broad, general subjects; all index entries refer back to individual citation numbers from the bibliography.
This bibliography was compiled as a project relating to my dissertation on the economic and social roles of women in Coptic documentary texts. Since this bibliography is effectively a work-in-progress, I would greatly appreciate any comments, criticisms or suggestions, which can be sent to the address below.
I would like to thank Charles Jones for his many suggestions and diligent help, and also for encouraging me to prepare the present bibliography for this series. I would also like to thank Paul Cobb for editorial assistance and the following for their interest, citations and help: Cynthia Miller, Dominic Montserrat, Dan Nevez and Martha Roth.
Terry G. Wilfong
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