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"In the mid-1940s, Najwa Kawar Farah, a Christian schoolteacher in Nazareth and an occasional contributor to Palestine’s new broadcasting service, received an invitation to speak at the Orthodox Club in Haifa. She used the opportunity to delineate her vision of the future for a new Palestine and warned of dire consequences if her vision of societal and educational reform were not fulfilled."

Laura Robson's article "The Making of Palestinian Christian Womanhood: Gender, Class, and Community in Mandate Palestine" seeks to expand the study of Palestinian Arab women’s self-identification and social and political activism by examining how Arab Christian women viewed, shaped, and managed their participation in the project of defining Palestinian national identity during the period of British colonial occupation.

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"... my mother, may she be blessed with long life, would sternly warn my sisters who picked olives at Kibbutz Hazorea not to call my brother Jamal by his name in the presence of Jews from the kibbutz [...], because he was named after the Egyptian president at the time, Jamal ‘Abd al-Nasir..."

This week's featured docku-ment: In The Shadow of Two Languages by
Marzuq Al-Halabi.

Halabi’s text describes his attempts, as a native speaker of Arabic, to cope with a space in which Hebrew is the dominant language. One of the central themes of al-Halabi’s text is the transformation of the local person, the native, into a kind of immigrant in his own country.

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What happens when a small group of European sailors set out for a night of merrymaking on the waters of the Bosphorus in 1790?

You can read Avner Wishnitzer's "Shedding Some Darkness on the Light: Night and Night Life in 18th-Century Istanbul" from our Blog to find out!

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"The immigrants from Islamic lands did not discern, in the cultural pattern that took shape in Eretz Yisrael and later in the State of Israel, a pattern that suited their needs.Nor did the creators of this pattern consider the cultural patterns of immigrants from Islamic countries to be worthy of integration into the existing pattern."

To read the rest of Inbal Perlson's article "Musicians between the Hegemonies" published in Vol. 2.2, please go to: https://levantine-journal.org/product/musicians-between-the-hegemonies-a-response/
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Vol. 5, No. 1 Summer 2015

Editor's note | Abigail Jacobson

The significance of “space” as an analytical category has been well established in the social sciences and humanities for many years. As a result of the “spatial turn” in the late 1970s and 1980s, “space” began to be treated both as a symbolic form of meaning and as playing a much greater role in historical processes. Indeed, as David Harvey taught us in his seminal work Consciousness and the Urban Experience, space is not simply a neutral, abstract, and uniform category; rather, it is embedded with certain historical realities and processes. Henri Lefebvre, Michel Foucault, and…

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  • Islamic Law as Indigenous Law: The Shari‘a Courts in Israel from a Postcolonial Perspective
    Ido Shahar
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  • Skin Color Stratification in Israel Revisited
    Henriette Dahan Kalev, Maya Maor
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  • The City Square in the Performance of Taanit: From Rabbinic Space to Contemporary Jerusalem
    Yair Lipshitz
    $5.00
  • The Rear Side of the Front: Gaza and Its People in World War I
    Dotan Halevy
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  • The Foundational Antinativism of Mizrahi Literature
    Moshe Behar
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  • Flora Saporto as a Window into Changes in the Lives of Sephardi Women in Palestine at the End of the Ottoman Era
    Margalit Shilo
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dock-ument promotes theoretical discourse on topics related to various aspects of the Levant through the publication of personal essays, lyrical prose, poetry, and other expressive texts. It encourages 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, expresses 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.

Yonatan Mendel

The three reviews in this issue cover five books examining three different geopolitical regional case studies: one looks at politics and culture in the Arab Gulf, another considers politics and architecture in Israel/Palestine, and the third, on the Ottoman Empire, discusses politics and climate. Together they shed light on fields related to “hardcore” politics that both reflect the outcomes of political decision making and stand at the heart of the considerations from which political policy making begins.

+ Articles
  • Islamic Law as Indigenous Law: The Shari‘a Courts in Israel from a Postcolonial Perspective
    Ido Shahar
    Free download Download
  • Skin Color Stratification in Israel Revisited
    Henriette Dahan Kalev, Maya Maor
    $5.00
  • The City Square in the Performance of Taanit: From Rabbinic Space to Contemporary Jerusalem
    Yair Lipshitz
    $5.00
  • The Rear Side of the Front: Gaza and Its People in World War I
    Dotan Halevy
    $5.00
+ Essays
  • The Foundational Antinativism of Mizrahi Literature
    Moshe Behar
    Free download Download
  • Flora Saporto as a Window into Changes in the Lives of Sephardi Women in Palestine at the End of the Ottoman Era
    Margalit Shilo
    Free download Download
+ Dock-ument

dock-ument promotes theoretical discourse on topics related to various aspects of the Levant through the publication of personal essays, lyrical prose, poetry, and other expressive texts. It encourages 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, expresses 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.

+ Reviews

Yonatan Mendel

The three reviews in this issue cover five books examining three different geopolitical regional case studies: one looks at politics and culture in the Arab Gulf, another considers politics and architecture in Israel/Palestine, and the third, on the Ottoman Empire, discusses politics and climate. Together they shed light on fields related to “hardcore” politics that both reflect the outcomes of political decision making and stand at the heart of the considerations from which political policy making begins.



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.