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. 3, No. 1 Summer 2013

Editor's note | Steven Kaplan, Merav Mack

The articles that appear in this special issue of the Journal of Levantine Studies are the product of an international conference on “Transnationalism and the Contemporary Christian Communities in the Holy Land.” Taking place June 28–29, 2010, it was conducted under the auspices of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, the Center for the Study of Christianity at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Centre de recherche français de Jérusalem (CRFJ), and the Tantur Institute for Ecumenical Studies….

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  • Between Israel and the Holy Land, between the Global and the Local: The Role of African Initiated Churches within African Transnational Migration to Israel
    Galia Sabar
    $5.00
  • The Imagined Christian Ecumene and the Quest for Return: Christian IDPs in Israel and the 2009 Visit of Benedict XVI
    Adoram Schneidleder
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  • A Center of Transnational Syriac Orthodoxy: St. Mark’s Convent in Jerusalem
    Heleen Murre-van den Berg
    $5.00
  • E-Transnationalism: The Case of the Christian Zionist Community in Israel
    Michelle Syen
    $5.00
  • The Transnationalism of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tawahedo Church (EOTC) in the Holy Land
    Steven Kaplan
    $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 | Wael Abu-ʿUksa and Yonatan Mendel

The following reviews relate to our understanding of the ways in which identities, geographic spaces, religious concepts, and political formulas are shaped by the movement of people and the transition of ideas…..

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+ Articles
  • Between Israel and the Holy Land, between the Global and the Local: The Role of African Initiated Churches within African Transnational Migration to Israel
    Galia Sabar
    $5.00
  • The Imagined Christian Ecumene and the Quest for Return: Christian IDPs in Israel and the 2009 Visit of Benedict XVI
    Adoram Schneidleder
    Free download Download
  • A Center of Transnational Syriac Orthodoxy: St. Mark’s Convent in Jerusalem
    Heleen Murre-van den Berg
    $5.00
  • E-Transnationalism: The Case of the Christian Zionist Community in Israel
    Michelle Syen
    $5.00
  • The Transnationalism of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tawahedo Church (EOTC) in the Holy Land
    Steven Kaplan
    $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 Review Section | Wael Abu-ʿUksa and Yonatan Mendel

The following reviews relate to our understanding of the ways in which identities, geographic spaces, religious concepts, and political formulas are shaped by the movement of people and the transition of ideas…..

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.