Books by Zainab Bahrani

Edith Porada Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology
Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University


Rituals of War Rituals of War: the body and violence in Mesopotamia, New York: Zone Books, 2008.
The Graven Image The Graven Image: Representation in Babylonia and Assyria, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003.
Women of Babylon Women of Babylon: Gender and Representation in Mesopotamia, London: Routledge, 2001.
  Zainab Bahrani and Nada Shabout, Modernism and Iraq, New York, Wallach Gallery, Columbia University, 2009.

Edited and Translated Books, with Marc Van De Mieroop:

Mesopotamia: Writing, Reasoning, and the Gods Jean Bottéro
Mesopotamia: Writing, Reasoning, and the Gods
Translated by Z. Bahrani and M. Van De Mieroop (The University of Chicago Press, 1992)
The Invention of Cuneiform: Writing in Sumer Jean-Jacques Glassner
The Invention of Cuneiform: Writing in Sumer
Translated and edited by Z. Bahrani and M. Van De Mieroop (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003)
Myth and Politics in Ancient Near Eastern Historiography Mario Liverani
Myth and Politics in Ancient Near Eastern Historiography
Edited and introduced by Z. Bahrani and M. Van De Mieroop (Equinox 2004)
Uruk: The First City Mario Liverani
Uruk: The First City
Translated by Z. Bahrani and M. Van De Mieroop (Equinox, 2006)

Selected Articles:

“Assault and Abduction: the fate of the royal image in the Ancient Near East,” Art History vol. 18/3 September, 1995, pp. 363-383.

“The Hellenization of Ishtar: nudity, fetishism and the production of cultural differentiation in ancient art,” Oxford Art Journal vol. 19/2, Autumn, 1996, pp. 3-16.

“Conjuring Mesopotamia: Imaginative Geography and a World Past,” in Archaeology Under Fire, L. Meskell ed., London: Routledge, 1998: pp. 159-174. Reprinted in 459-469.

“History in Reverse: archaeological illustration and the reconstruction of Mesopotamia,” in P. Steinkeller et al. eds., Historiography in the Cuneiform World, CDL press, 2001, pp. 15-28.

“Sex as Symbolic Form: Erotism and the Body in Mesopotamian Art” in S. Parpola and R.M. Whiting eds., Sex and Gender in the Ancient Near East, Helsinki: University of Helsinki Press, 2002, pp 53-58.

“The Performative Image: Narrative, Representation, and the Uruk Vase” in Studies in Honor of Donald P. Hansen, E. Ehrenberg ed., Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2002, pp 15-22.

“Babylon: A case study” in Of the Past for the Future: Integrating Archaeology and Conservation. Congress Proceedings from World Archaeological Congress-5, Neville Agnew and Janet Bridgland eds., Getty Conservation Institute, 2005.

 “The Battle for Babylon”, in The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq. Peter Stone and Joanne Farchakh eds., Boydell Press, March 2008.

“The Babylonian Visual Image” in The Babylonian World, G. Leick ed., London: Routledge, 2008: pp. 155-170.

Journalistic articles on cultural heritage and war:

“Desecrating History”, The Guardian. April 9, 2008

“The Battle for Babylon” The Guardian. April 16, 2006

“The Fall of Babylon” in The Lost Treasures of Mesopotamia, M. Polk and A. Schuster eds., New York: Harry N. Abrams,  2005, 214-216.

“Days of Plunder” The Guardian, August 31, 2004

“In the Fray: Iraq, Art Law and the Antiquities Market”. Wall Street Journal February 18. 2004.

“Lawless in Mesopotamia” Natural History. March 2004, vol 113/2  pp.45-49.

“Looting and Conquest” The Nation. May 2003

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