Journal of Levantine Studies


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VOLUME 7, NO. 1 IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!
The current volume of the Journal of Levantine Studies pays tribute to Egyptian Jewish essayist and novelist Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff by dedicating a thematic discussion to the concept of the Arab-Jew, which is strongly connected to the idea of Levantinism. In her writing Kahanoff considers the dilemmas of Mediterranean Jews and opens the possibilities of imagining a new geographical, political, cultural, and historical space: the Levant. Similarly, the idea of the Arab-Jew reflects the possibilities or impossibilities of the Levant and Levantine belonging. It offers possibilities of thinking beyond the politicized categories of ethnic identity and of considering the Mediterranean as a combination of local and regional histories.2 The three articles and essay presented in this thematic discussion attempt to highlight the Arab-Jew and propose new directions of research on the topic in light of the last decade’s rich scholarship regarding this important part of a Levantine world and identity.

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(Photo of Yemeni family walking through the desert to a reception camp set up by the "Joint" near Aden, 1949, Israeli National Photo Archive, Wikimediacommons)
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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.