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. 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
    $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.