Journal of Levantine Studies


New Blog post!

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. 2 Winter 2014

Editor's note | Cyril Aslanov

The eighth issue of JLS opens with a collective article on the sociology of religion. “Theology of Migration: Toward a Comparative Conceptualization” by Uriya Shavit, Galia Sabar, Andrew Esensten, and Teresa Harings Lavi proposes a theology of migration through an analysis of religious communities with migratory histories and distinguishes between “proactive-adaptive” and “retrospective-adaptive” approaches….

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  • Theology of Migration: Toward a Comparative Conceptualization
    Uriya Shavit, Galia Sabar, Andrew Esensten, and Teresea Harings Lavi
    $5.00
  • Islamic Legal Hybridity and Patriarchal Liberalism in the Shari'a Courts in Israel
    Moussa Abou Ramadan
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  • The Hybrid Women of the Arab Spring Revolutions: Islamization of Feminism, Feminization of Islam
    Mira Tzoreff
    $5.00
  • The Iraqi Novel and the Christians of Iraq
    Ronen Zeidel
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  • Of Vines, Fig Trees and the Ashes of Bigotry
    Zvi Ben-Dor Benite
    $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.

Wael Abu-‘Uksa and Yonatan Mendel

This issue includes four reviews covering subjects that, while deeply rooted in the past, have profound repercussions on our understanding of the present.

Read more.

+ Articles
  • Theology of Migration: Toward a Comparative Conceptualization
    Uriya Shavit, Galia Sabar, Andrew Esensten, and Teresea Harings Lavi
    $5.00
  • Islamic Legal Hybridity and Patriarchal Liberalism in the Shari'a Courts in Israel
    Moussa Abou Ramadan
    Free download Download
  • The Hybrid Women of the Arab Spring Revolutions: Islamization of Feminism, Feminization of Islam
    Mira Tzoreff
    $5.00
  • The Iraqi Novel and the Christians of Iraq
    Ronen Zeidel
    Free download Download
+ Essays
  • Of Vines, Fig Trees and the Ashes of Bigotry
    Zvi Ben-Dor Benite
    $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

Wael Abu-‘Uksa and Yonatan Mendel

This issue includes four reviews covering subjects that, while deeply rooted in the past, have profound repercussions on our understanding of the present.

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.