SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dr Sam Mirelman

MMus (London), PhD (SUNY Buffalo), PGCE (London), MPhil, PhD (ISAW, NYU).
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Overview

Sam Mirelman
Department of Religions and Philosophies, School of History, Religions and Philosophies

British Academy - Postdoctoral Fellow

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)

Member

Centre for Translation Studies (CTS)

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Dr Sam Mirelman
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Biography

Sam Mirelman began his academic career studying music to doctoral level. Since 2004 he has studied Assyriology in London, Munich, Heidelberg and various universities in North America. His research interests include music and performance in the ancient Near East, Sumerian literature and Mesopotamian intellectual history. His PhD "Text and Performance in the Mesopotamian Liturgical Tradition" (2018, New York) is a study of the performance practice of Sumerian liturgical compositions, as shown by the evidence of late manuscripts. His British Academy postdoctoral research project is entitled "Sumerian-Akkadian Language Contact During the First Millennium BCE". It explores translation techniques between Sumerian and Akkadian, with a focus especially on "exegetical" translations. 

Teaching

Research

Music and performance in the ancient Near East, Sumerian liturgical texts, Mesopotamian rituals, Sumerian-Akkadian language contact, Mesopotamian intellectual history

Publications

Articles

Mirelman, Sam (2017) 'A New Manuscript of Lugal-e, Tablet IV'. Iraq, (79), pp 155-162.

Gabbay, Uri and Mirelman, Sam (2017) 'Text and Performance: Tayyartu, "Repetition," in a Mīs Pî-type incantation and an Emesal prayer'. Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und vorderasiatische Archäologie, (107) 1, pp 22-34.

Mirelman, Sam (2015) 'Birds, Balaĝs and Snakes (K.4206+)'. Journal of Cuneiform Studies, (67), pp 169-186.

Mirelman, Sam (2013) 'Tuning Procedures in Ancient Iraq'. Analytical Approaches to World Music, (2) 2, pp 43-56.

Gabbay, Uri and Mirelman, Sam (2011) 'Two Summary Tablets of Balag Compositions with Performative Indications from Late-Babylonian Ur'. Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und vorderasiatische Archäologie, (101) 2, pp 274-293.

Mirelman, Sam and Sallaberger, Walther (2010) 'The Performance of a Sumerian Wedding Song, CT 58, 12'. Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und vorderasiatische Archäologie, (100) 2, pp 177-196.

Mirelman, Sam (2010) 'A New Fragment of Music Theory from Ancient Iraq'. Archiv für Musikwissenschaft, (67), pp 45-51.

Mirelman, Sam (2010) 'Drum Construction in the lilissu Ritual'. Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires, (2010/2) 43, pp 50-51.

Mirelman, Sam (2010) 'The gala Musician Dada and the si-im Instrument'. Nouvelles assyriologiques breves et utilitaires, (2010/2) 33, pp 40-41.

Mirelman, Sam and Krispijn, Theo J. H. (2009) 'The Old Babylonian Tuning Text UET VI/3 899'. Iraq, (71), pp 43-52.

Mirelman, Sam (2009) 'New Developments in the Social History of Music and Musicians in Ancient Iraq, Syria and Turkey'. Yearbook for Traditional Music, (41), pp 12-22.

Mirelman, Sam (2008) 'Tuḫru-Achilles’ Tendon?'. Nouvelles assyriologiques breves et utilitaires, (2008/4) 65, pp 89-90.

Edited Books or Journals

Mirelman, Sam, (ed.), (2010) The Historiography of Music in Global Perspective. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press.

Book Chapters

Mirelman, Sam (2018) 'Mesopotamian Magic in Text and Performance'. In: Panayotov, Strahil V. and Vacín, Luděk, (eds.), Mesopotamian Medicine and Magic. Studies in Honor of Markham J. Geller.. Leiden and Boston: Brill, pp 343-378.

Mirelman, Sam and Pongratz-Leisten, Beate (2016) '“Incantation, Incantations. II. Ancient Near East and Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.”'. Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp 1038-1043.

Mirelman, Sam (2016) 'Tierkapelle'. Reallexikon der Assyriologie und vorderasiatische Archäologie, Vol. 14. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp 8-9.

Mirelman, Sam (2014) 'The Ala-instrument: its identification and role'. In: Maurey, Y. and Seroussi, E. and Westenholz, J. G., (eds.), Ancient Music in the Near East and Mediterranean Worlds. Jerusalem: Magnes Press, pp 148-171.

Mirelman, Sam and Kilmer, Anne Draffkorn (2013) '“Mesopotamia.”'. Grove Music Online. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Mirelman, Sam (2010) 'The False Decipherment of Cuneiform ‘Notation’ in the Early Twentieth Century'. In: Mirelman, Sam, (ed.), The Historiography of Music in Global Perspective. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, pp 135-144.

Mirelman, Sam (2010) 'Performative Indications in Late Babylonian Texts'. In: Pruzsinszky, Regine and Shehata, Dahlia, (eds.), Musicians and the Tradition of Literature in the Ancient Near East. Vienna: LIT Verlag, pp 241-264.

Mirelman, Sam (2010) 'The Definition of ‘Music’ in Music Archaeology: the Contribution of Historical Ethnomusicology'. In: Eichmann, Ricardo and Koch, Lars-Christian, (eds.), Studien zur Musikarchäologie VII. Rahden/Westfalen: Marie Leidorf Verlag, pp 115-118.

 

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