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. 4, No. 1 Summer 2014

Editor's note | Anat Lapidot-Firilla

This publication marks the seventh issue of JLS. In 2009, as we were developing the idea of establishing a journal, we were feeling an urgent need to offer a fresh look at the region. Global changes and regional shifts in the balance of power, especially after the regional implications of the US invasion of Iraq, had become evident and gave support to this need to address the region with new tools and terminology……

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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.

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+ Articles
  • May Your Sons Settle the Land: David Ben-Gurion's Attitude toward Tel Aviv as Reflected in the Press
    Eran Eldar
    $5.00
  • The Making of Palestinian Christian Womanhood: Gender, Class, and Community in Mandate Palestine
    Laura Robson
    Free download Download
  • The Palestinian Historiography of Family Leadership during the British Mandate
    Mustafa Badran
  • Life under the Last Sky: History, Memory, and Trauma in Dudu Busi's Noble Savage
    Moran Benit
    $5.00
+ Dossier
  • Does Turkish Literature Exist? An Attempt to Answer through the Works of Leyla Erbil, Şavkar Altınel, and Ataol Behramoğlu
    Sibel Erol
    $5.00
  • On the Question of an Authentic and Original Turkish Literature: Leyla Erbil
    Leyla Erbil
    $5.00
  • Yahya Kemal, T. S. Eliot, and the Force of “Tradition”: Şavkar Altınel
    Şavkar Altınel
    $5.00
  • Organic Poetry: Ataol Behramoğlu
    Ataol Behramoğlu
    $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 Reviews | Wael Abu-ʿUksa and Yonatan Mendel

The current issue comprises three reviews that shed light on the dialectical relationship between the past and the present in the study of the Levant….

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.