Journal of Levantine Studies


"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. 1, No. 2 Winter 2011

Editor's note | Anat Lapidot-Firilla

Arsonists attack churches in Egypt and mosques in Israel. Priests in Anatolia have been murdered, and their colleagues continue to be harassed in other parts of the region. Jewish graves are desecrated, and Muslim institutions are under attack in Europe. Meanwhile, Israel is in the midst of a fierce debate over gender segregation on public transportation and at school….

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  • The Assimilation of Spain’s Moriscos: Fiction or Reality?
    Trevor J. Dadson
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  • Masquerade and the Performance of National Imaginaries: Levantine Ethics, Aesthetics, and Identities in Egyptian Cinema
    Deborah Starr
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  • Between Cultural and National Nahda: Jewish Intellectuals in Baghdad and the Nation-Building Process in Iraq
    Aline Schlaepfer
    $5.00
  • Harbingers of Feminism: A New Look at the Works of Pioneering Palestinian Women Writers
    Dorit Gottesfeld
    $5.00
  • Challenging Religious and Secularist Patriarchy: Islamist Women’s New Activism in Turkey
    Canan Aslan-Akman
    $5.00
  • Babel by Cemil Meriç (Translation)
    Anat Lapidot-Firilla
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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.

On the Reviews Section | Wael Abu-'Uska and Yonatan Mendel

In the article “East, what is ‘East’?” the prominent Syrian poet Adonis wrote: “By limiting the term East [Sharq] to geographical semantics, we destroy its cultural connotations. Additionally, this interpretation cancels out the political connotations of the relationship between the people from the East with others [from different regions.]” This sentence encapsulates the orientation of the Book Review Section….Read More »
+ Articles
  • The Assimilation of Spain’s Moriscos: Fiction or Reality?
    Trevor J. Dadson
    Free download Download
  • Masquerade and the Performance of National Imaginaries: Levantine Ethics, Aesthetics, and Identities in Egyptian Cinema
    Deborah Starr
    Free download Download
  • Between Cultural and National Nahda: Jewish Intellectuals in Baghdad and the Nation-Building Process in Iraq
    Aline Schlaepfer
    $5.00
  • Harbingers of Feminism: A New Look at the Works of Pioneering Palestinian Women Writers
    Dorit Gottesfeld
    $5.00
  • Challenging Religious and Secularist Patriarchy: Islamist Women’s New Activism in Turkey
    Canan Aslan-Akman
    $5.00
+ Translation
  • Babel by Cemil Meriç (Translation)
    Anat Lapidot-Firilla
    Free download Download
    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

On the Reviews Section | Wael Abu-'Uska and Yonatan Mendel

In the article “East, what is ‘East’?” the prominent Syrian poet Adonis wrote: “By limiting the term East [Sharq] to geographical semantics, we destroy its cultural connotations. Additionally, this interpretation cancels out the political connotations of the relationship between the people from the East with others [from different regions.]” This sentence encapsulates the orientation of the Book Review Section….Read More »


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.