Journal of Levantine Studies


New Blog post!

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. 2, No. 1 Summer 2012

Editor's note | Anat Lapidot-Firilla

The European response to the waves of immigration from the east and the south of the Mediterranean is often reflected in prohibitions related to freedom of worship and the visibility of migrants in the public sphere. The minarets episode in Switzerland, the recent prohibition of circumcision in Germany, and the banning of halal and kosher slaughtering of animals in various countries, including Norway and Sweden, are some examples of this phenomenon……

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  • Erotics of the Exotic: Orientalism and Fictionalization of the Mooress in the Early Modern Mediterranean
    Mercedes Alcalá Galán
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  • Renegades as Crossover Figures: Forgers of the Early Modern Mediterranean
    Steven Hutchinson
    $5.00
  • Just Like Democracy: Ethnography of Realpolitik in a City of Immigrants
    Meirav Aharon
    $5.00
  • Back to the Future: The Jerusalem Exhibit at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair
    Milette Shamir
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  • A Chosen Republic: Rome, Jerusalem, and the "Mediterranean Synthesis" in American History
    Eran Shalev
    $5.00
  • The Forces of Presence and Absence : Aspects of Palestinian Identity Transformation in Israel between 1967 and 1987
    Manar H. Makhoul
    $5.00

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 | Wael Abu-'Uska and Yonatan Mendel

The current issue includes three reviews that highlight the differing responses of Arab communities and individuals to internal and external conflicts in the Arab world….Read More »
+ Articles
  • Erotics of the Exotic: Orientalism and Fictionalization of the Mooress in the Early Modern Mediterranean
    Mercedes Alcalá Galán
    $5.00
  • Renegades as Crossover Figures: Forgers of the Early Modern Mediterranean
    Steven Hutchinson
    $5.00
  • Just Like Democracy: Ethnography of Realpolitik in a City of Immigrants
    Meirav Aharon
    $5.00
  • Back to the Future: The Jerusalem Exhibit at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair
    Milette Shamir
    Free download Download
  • A Chosen Republic: Rome, Jerusalem, and the "Mediterranean Synthesis" in American History
    Eran Shalev
    $5.00
  • The Forces of Presence and Absence : Aspects of Palestinian Identity Transformation in Israel between 1967 and 1987
    Manar H. Makhoul
    $5.00
+ 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 | Wael Abu-'Uska and Yonatan Mendel

The current issue includes three reviews that highlight the differing responses of Arab communities and individuals to internal and external conflicts in the Arab world….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.