Alcohol in the ancient Syrian ascetic tradition (article)

S. Abouzayd, "The Prohibition and the Use of Alcohol in the Syrian Ascetic Tradition and its Biblical and Spiritual Origins," Aram 17 (2005): 135-156.

Posted by David Fahey on September 6, 2007 at 11:08 AM in Alcohol (general), Syria | Permalink

Smoking in the Ottoman Middle East (article)

James Grehan, "Smoking and 'Early Modern' Sociability: The Great Tobacco Debate in the Ottoman Middle East (Seventeenth to Eighteenth Centuries)," American Historical Review 111/5 (Dec. 2006), 1352-77. Grehan teaches history at Portland State University in Oregon.

Posted by David Fahey on December 20, 2006 at 01:09 PM in Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Tobacco, Turkey | Permalink

Doctors call for fatwa on smoking

A group of British Muslim doctors has called on Islamic leaders to issue religious rulings against smoking as part of efforts to stamp out the habit.

The Australian reports.

Posted by Cynthia on February 4, 2006 at 02:18 PM in Britain, Indonesia, Jordan, Palestine, Religion, Syria, Tobacco | Permalink

Non-smokers encouraged to keep up momentum in Syria reported on 8 February 2005 that health officials are renewing their efforts to encourage villagers in southern Syria to stop smoking following the initial success of a pilot project in the area. Almost a third of those who had initially given up smoking had started again. Find the full story here.

Posted by Cynthia on March 3, 2005 at 07:50 AM in Syria, Tobacco | Permalink | Comments (0)