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. 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.