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. 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.