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Members who provide their email address to the SSA Secretary upon joining will receive periodic updates by email. Another way to stay informed about SSA announcements and events is to 'like' the SSA's Facebook Site.

Contribute to the SSA Bulletin

The Syrian Studies Association Bulletin ( invites feature, news, and research article proposals for its forthcoming Fall 2015 issue, covering issues of contemporary or historic interest in Bilad al-Sham and modern Syria.

We seek short abstracts (50-200 words) from scholars and practitioners who work in or on Syria and related issues, including human rights, journalism, military studies, international relations, archeology, media studies, trauma and conflict, etc. The deadline for final article submissions will be Oct 30, 2015; the bulletin will be published in late May 2015. (Word counts are flexible but generally range from 500-1500 for research notes, 1000-3000 for features, and 500-1500 for news or other pieces.)

Please send abstracts to Editor Andrea L Stanton (andrea.l.stanton at gmail dot com) ) by Sept 15. Authors wishing to have a Syria-related book reviewed or those wishing to write book or film reviews are encouraged to contact Book Review Editor Ben Smuin (bensmuin at gmail dot com.) Contributors are not required to be members of the Syrian Studies Association; graduate student contributions are welcome.

Serve on the SSA Board

The SSA Board is soliciting nominations for the following three Board positions, to begin in January 2015: President, Member-at-Large, and Graduate Student Representative.

This is part of the SSA's new policy of soliciting officer nominations from the membership. Details about each officer's duties are as follows:

All paid up members of the SSA are welcome to nominate themselves or any other member for one of these positions. Once nominations have been received, the Elections Officer will contact nominees to determine their willingness to run. A ballot will be circulated to the membership in the early Fall.

Nominations must be received via email by October 15, 2015. Winners will be announced at the SSA Business Meeting at the MESA Annual Meeting in November.

Nominations and any questions may be directed to our Elections Officer, Melanie S. Tanielian at, or to Secretary-Treasurer Geoff Schad at

Syrian Studies Association Bulletin

The SSA publishes a bulletin with articles, association news, research notes, and book reviews related to Syria and Syrian Studies twice a year. The latest issue (19.2, Fall 2014) contains a feature article on Shi'i piety as well as field notes from the region. It also includes news of the Syrian Studies Association and book and film reviews.

The Table of Contents for the latest issue is included below. The full contents of this newsletter can be found at the SSA newsletter's dedicated website. Back issues are posted in the SSA newsletter archives.

Vol 19, No 2 (2014): Fall 2014 Issue

The bulletin is a biannual publication of the Syrian Studies Association.

Table of Contents

Letter from the President

Letter from the President PDF HTML

Feature Articles

Sex and the Cemetery: Iranian Pilgrims, Shrine Visitation, and Shi‘i Piety in Damascus PDF HTML
Edith Szanto

Syrian Studies Association News

Syrian Studies Association Annual Meeting PDF HTML
Stacy Fahrenthold
Syrian Studies Association News: 2014 General Elections Results PDF HTML
Stacy Fahrenthold
Middle East Studies Association 2014, Washington D.C.: Syrian Studies Association Sponsored Panels PDF HTML
Stacy Fahrenthold
Syrian Education and Education for Syrians: A Letter from the Graduate Student Representative PDF HTML
Kawa Morad

Field Notes

Tuyour al-Amal and Informal Education for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon PDF HTML
Beverly A Tsacoyianis

Book Reviews

Review Syria Speaks HTML PDF
Lovisa Ulrika Berg
Esther van Eijk. Family Law in Syria. A Plurality of Laws, Norms and Legal Practices HTML PDF
Annika Rabo
Faedah M. Totah, Preserving the Old City of Damascus (review) HTML PDF
James A. Reilly
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