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Read Arie M. Dubnov's review of Stefan Ihrig's much-acclaimed book Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination:

"The novelty in Ihrig’s book is that it forces us to turn our gaze eastwards, to Europe’s edges, revealing enthusiasm, even a Türkenfieber (“Turk fever”) among German ultranationalists and Nazi ideologues who turned the Kemalist revolution into an inspiration, and turned to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk himself – into a role model."

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This week's feature from our Blog: ʿAli Bader's "The Tigris: Nationalism of River and Place: A Suicidal Nation"

For Bader, the Tigris is a medium whose flow combines his personal experiences and memories with those of a city and a society.

"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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"Most of the Jews who remained in Libya after the great wave of emigration of 1949–1951 continued to live their lives, enjoying many comforts but struggling to maintain their fractured identity as the social space where it existed gradually shrank."

This week's feature from our Blog:

"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. 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
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  • 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.