FRESNO — The latest issue of the Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies, Volume 19, Number 2, December 2010, has been newly published and includes five original articles covering a variety of subjects in the humanities.
This issue includes a leading essay from Marc Nichanian on philology, titled “Orientalism and Neo-Archeology,” and is followed by Taner Akçam’s “The Relationship between Historians and Archival Records: A Critique of Single Source Scholarship on the Armenian Genocide,” which comments on the methodology of historians who declare that the Archive of the ATASE (General Staff Presidential Office of Military History and Strategic Study in Turkey) and its records are the most trustworthy. Akcam’s work is followed by a revision of what we know of Said Halim by Ahmet Seyhun in a paper titled “Said Halim and the Armenian Reform Project of 1914.” Two contributions on Armenian literature by Barlow Der Mugrdechian, on “The Role of the Family in Armenian-American Literature,” and Nanor Kebranian titled “Beyond ‘the Armenian’: Literature, Revolution, Ideology and Hagop Oshagan’s Haji Murat,” complete the essays section.
The December 2010 issue also includes Garabet K. Moumdjian’s review essay, “From ‘Hidden Armenians’ to ‘Hidden Jews’ to Primary Sources On Ottoman Reforms, and from Armenian Ethnographies to ‘Genocide Studies’ and Beyond: A Review Essay On Contemporary Turkish Publications,” which stands as a rare look inside the world of authors and scholars working on issues that ought to concern us. Eugene L. Taylor and Abraham D. Krikorian provide an updated research note on the Ravished Armenia Marquee Poster, which Amber Karlins first discussed in June 2010. Finally, JSAS 19:2 contains several book reviews, including Jonathan Conant Page, Ringing the Gotchnag: Two American Missionary Families in Turkey, 1855-1922 (Barbara J. Merguerian); Hratch K. Martirosyan, Etymological Dictionary of the Armenian Inherited Lexicon (John A. C. Greppin); Ece Temelkuran, Deep Mountain: Across the Turkish-Armenian Divide (Artin Aslanian); Valentina Calzolari and Jonathan Barnes (eds.), L’oeuvre de David l’Invincible et la transmission de la pensée grecque dans la tradition arménienne et syriaque (Robert W. Thomson); and Richard G. Hovannisian and Simon Payaslian (eds.), Armenian Constantinople (Joseph A. Kéchichian).
After five issues published over the span of three years, the Journal’s editorship passes from Joseph A. Kéchichian to Sergio LaPorta. The Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies is a multi-disciplinary publication that appears on an annual calendar to serve the scholarly community and inform our growing list of lay supporters with the latest contributions. It follows a straightforward policy with respect to submitted essays, as each is read anonymously by three referees: two outside experts, as well as the editor. Back issues of the Journal, volumes 1 through 19:1, are available for purchase. Interested readers who wish to join the SAS and receive its refereed Journal can contact Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Society for Armenian Studies, c/o Armenian Studies Program, 5245 N. Backer Ave, PB4, Fresno, California 93740-8001, telephone 559-278-2669, or email

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