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"Baghdad is the creation of a river, in fact of two rivers. One may call it Mesopotamia, for instance, at least according to history, as it was thus called by Herodotus. But the second river—I call it ‘second’—in Baghdad, which is the Euphrates, meant absolutely nothing to me at all, neither in my memory nor in my childhood in Baghdad."
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"Sophia Loren and Little Tony: The Leisure Life of the Jews of Tripoli, Libya, in the 1950s and 1960s" by Eyal David

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Vol. 7, No. 2: Winter 2017

Guest Editors' Note | Na’ama Ben Ze’ev and Anat Kidron

This issue of Journal of Levantine Studies presents papers from the 2015 workshop “Boundaries and Crossing Boundaries between Communities in Palestine/Eretz Yisrael in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries,” conducted at the Gottlieb Schumacher Institute for Research of the Christian Presence in Palestine in the Modern Era, under the auspices of the University of Haifa. The workshop’s starting point was that borders, physical as well as symbolic, should be regarded as spaces for negotiating identities. Drawn by elites and other powerful agents, borders are aimed at constructing a homogeneous, stable, and consistent identity. Simultaneously, borders constitute a liminal space in which identities are consolidated, negotiated, and transformed. Hence, border areas, by definition, reflect the duality of the social world: they are stable and constantly transforming, pre-given and constructed, and they separate and connect categories and actors.Read More »

  • Breaking Boundaries, Bricking Walls: Oriental, Sephardi, and European Jews in a Late Ottoman Palestinian Classroom
    Dotan Halevy
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  • Constructing the Boundaries of Social Consciousness under Conditions of War: The Urban Jewish Society in Eretz Yisrael/Palestine during World War I
    Anat Kidron
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  • Individuals in Mobilized Hebrew Society: The Meanings of Setting Limits in the Diaries of the Teacher Z. (1938-1940)
    Yair Seltenreich
    $5.00
  • Returning for a Visit: Rural Migrants and Social Change in Mandatory Palestine
    Na'ama Ben Ze'ev
    $5.00
  • Names under Supervision: Israeli Linguistic Regulation of Arab Streets - Turʿan as a Case Study
    Amer Dahamshe
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dock-ument aims to promote the theoretical discourse on topics related to various aspects of the Levant and the concept of the Levant, with preference given to personal essays and to lyrical prose. Its purpose is to encourage various perspectives and unique voices so they can be heard in a way that is not confined by the constraints of scientific discussion. The name, dockument, seeks to express the connection between text and context, between the pier, the home dock, and the ship of thoughts and reflections that will sail, we hope, to various interesting places.

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  • Breaking Boundaries, Bricking Walls: Oriental, Sephardi, and European Jews in a Late Ottoman Palestinian Classroom
    Dotan Halevy
    Free download Download
  • Constructing the Boundaries of Social Consciousness under Conditions of War: The Urban Jewish Society in Eretz Yisrael/Palestine during World War I
    Anat Kidron
    $5.00
  • Individuals in Mobilized Hebrew Society: The Meanings of Setting Limits in the Diaries of the Teacher Z. (1938-1940)
    Yair Seltenreich
    $5.00
  • Returning for a Visit: Rural Migrants and Social Change in Mandatory Palestine
    Na'ama Ben Ze'ev
    $5.00
  • Names under Supervision: Israeli Linguistic Regulation of Arab Streets - Turʿan as a Case Study
    Amer Dahamshe
    $5.00
+ Dock-ument

dock-ument aims to promote the theoretical discourse on topics related to various aspects of the Levant and the concept of the Levant, with preference given to personal essays and to lyrical prose. Its purpose is to encourage various perspectives and unique voices so they can be heard in a way that is not confined by the constraints of scientific discussion. The name, dockument, seeks to express the connection between text and context, between the pier, the home dock, and the ship of thoughts and reflections that will sail, we hope, to various interesting places.

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Journal of Levantine Studies

The Journal of Levantine Studies (JLS) is an interdisciplinary academic journal dedicated to the critical study of the geographical, social, and cultural settings which, in various periods of history, have been known as the “Levant.” The journal is published biannually in English in print and online by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.