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. 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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  • 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
  • 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 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 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….

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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.