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. 2 Winter 2013

Editor's note | Anat Lapidot-Firilla

The nation-state order in the Levant has been under constant challenge since its establishment. While the writing of an obituary for nation-states may be premature, critical discussion regarding both the logic of the international arrangements and the changing reality on the ground that created the countries in the Middle East has intensified since the 1990s……

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  • Creating Sepharad: Expulsion, Migration, and the Limits of Diaspora
    Jonathan Ray
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  • Exile, History and the Nationalization of Jewish Memory: Some reflections on the Zionist notion of History and Return
    Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin
    Free download Download
  • Deterritorialization of Belonging: Between Home and Unhomely in Miral al-Tahawy's Brooklyn Heights and Salman Natur's She, the Autumn, and Me
    Ariel Moriah Sheetrit
    $5.00
  • Landscape Representations in Palestinian Art and Israeli Art Discourse: The Case of Asim Abu Shaqra
    Tal Ben Zvi
    $5.00
  • Rethinking Turkey’s Soft Power in the Arab World: Islam, Secularism, and Democracy
    Carola Cerami
    $5.00
  • The Meaning of “Tolerance,” Which Is the Basis of Modern Civilization
    Farah Antun
    $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.

The Review Section | Wael Abu-ʿUksa and Yonatan Mendel

The current issue includes three reviews that illuminate Jewish-Arab relations in three different locations in the Middle East—Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine—during the late Ottoman and colonial eras, particularly during the first half of the twentieth century. The three books under scrutiny attempt to provide more balanced accounts of the conventional national narratives that have formulated our historical knowledge regarding Arab-Jewish relations by highlighting a variety of aspects that are not confined to the field of political history…..

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+ Articles
  • Creating Sepharad: Expulsion, Migration, and the Limits of Diaspora
    Jonathan Ray
    $5.00
  • Exile, History and the Nationalization of Jewish Memory: Some reflections on the Zionist notion of History and Return
    Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin
    Free download Download
  • Deterritorialization of Belonging: Between Home and Unhomely in Miral al-Tahawy's Brooklyn Heights and Salman Natur's She, the Autumn, and Me
    Ariel Moriah Sheetrit
    $5.00
  • Landscape Representations in Palestinian Art and Israeli Art Discourse: The Case of Asim Abu Shaqra
    Tal Ben Zvi
    $5.00
  • Rethinking Turkey’s Soft Power in the Arab World: Islam, Secularism, and Democracy
    Carola Cerami
    $5.00
+ Translation
  • The Meaning of “Tolerance,” Which Is the Basis of Modern Civilization
    Farah Antun
    $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

The Review Section | Wael Abu-ʿUksa and Yonatan Mendel

The current issue includes three reviews that illuminate Jewish-Arab relations in three different locations in the Middle East—Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine—during the late Ottoman and colonial eras, particularly during the first half of the twentieth century. The three books under scrutiny attempt to provide more balanced accounts of the conventional national narratives that have formulated our historical knowledge regarding Arab-Jewish relations by highlighting a variety of aspects that are not confined to the field of political history…..

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.