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. 2, No. 2 Winter 2012

Editor's note | Anat Lapidot-Firilla

The bloody struggle that has raged in Syria for the past year and a half has taken tens of thousands of lives. Media coverage of the uprising has emphasized the support of the ‘Alawite ethnic group for the tyrannical rule of the Assad family and their disproportionate share of power……

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  • We Are Fragments of Rhymes: The Poetry of Erez Biton between East and West
    Hannan Hever
    $5.00
  • The Burden of Self-Representation: Reflections on Shhur and Its Legacy for Contemporary Mizrahi Films in Israel
    Yaron Shemer
    $5.00
  • Unrest at the Gates of Aleppo: British Perspectives on the Bedouin Challenge to Public Security in Northern Syria, 1848-1913
    Michael Kreutz
    $5.00
  • Being Muslim and European Without Contradiction—Myth or Reality?
    Ari Varon
    $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 Review Section: Hegemony and Identity Politics in the Levant | Wael Abu-ʿUksa and Yonatan Mendel

In this issue we present four reviews that capture key concepts relating to the creation of social and political hegemony in the Middle East as they pertain to identity construction, processes of modernization, and the development of legal systems in the region….

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+ Articles
  • We Are Fragments of Rhymes: The Poetry of Erez Biton between East and West
    Hannan Hever
    $5.00
  • The Burden of Self-Representation: Reflections on Shhur and Its Legacy for Contemporary Mizrahi Films in Israel
    Yaron Shemer
    $5.00
  • Unrest at the Gates of Aleppo: British Perspectives on the Bedouin Challenge to Public Security in Northern Syria, 1848-1913
    Michael Kreutz
    $5.00
  • Being Muslim and European Without Contradiction—Myth or Reality?
    Ari Varon
    $5.00
+ Essays
+ 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 Review Section: Hegemony and Identity Politics in the Levant | Wael Abu-ʿUksa and Yonatan Mendel

In this issue we present four reviews that capture key concepts relating to the creation of social and political hegemony in the Middle East as they pertain to identity construction, processes of modernization, and the development of legal systems in the region….

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.