Journal of Levantine Studies


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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."

https://levantine-journal.org/turkish-blueprints/
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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

Read in full here: https://levantine-journal.org/sophia-loren-and-little-tony-the-leisure-life-of-the-jews-of-tripoli-l…
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Vol. 1, No. 1 Summer 2011

Editor's note | Anat Lapidot-Firilla

Protest throughout the Arab world has washed the shores of North Africa in recent months and has spread to the eastern Mediterranean, and to Yemen and Bahrain in the Arabian Peninsula. The mass outcry that has already succeeded in deposing unjust, longtime dictators has been dubbed by the media “the Arab Spring,” inspired by the wave of revolutions in Europe in 1848 and 1849. Like Louis-Philippe of France, Hosny Mubarak of Egypt and Zine al-Abidin Ben Ali of Tunis have been overthrown at the behest of their people. Other rulers, such as the leaders of Syria,Libya and Yemen, face protests…

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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.