AIS Statement on the Earthquakes in Syria and Turkey

The Association for Iranian Studies (AIS) expresses profound sadness over the two devastating earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria last week and resulted in widescale destruction and a staggering loss of life. We join our colleagues in the field in seeking ways to provide support to affected scholars, students, and their families. This catastrophic tragedy has led to upwards of 41,000 deaths and has gravely disrupted life for the victims’ families and survivors. We share in this heartbreak that has distressed our community of scholars, students, and friends in the region. While we cannot endorse any non-profit organization offering assistance or services to the affected areas, we encourage those of you who are able and willing to help to contact the following associations for further information:


Thank you very much for your care and attention.