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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. 6, Summer/Winter 2016: Political Dimensions of the Converso Phenomenon

Toward a Repolitization of the Converso Phenomenon in Portugal and Beyond | Guest Editor’s Note | Claude B. Stuczynski

To this day discussions of hidden, underground, and concealed identities often invoke the case of the Iberian conversosor also known as Marranos or New Christiansso much so, that the term marranism has become a paradigm of secret, variegated, divided, or restrained forms of Judaism.These views were celebrated in the past by those who endorsed essentialist perceptions of Marrano Jewishness, as well as by scholars who nowadays adopt the idea of a converso divided, liquid, or hybrid self

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  • Were God's People Destined to be Ruled by a Mortal King? A Judeo-Converso-Christian Tradition
    Yosi Yisraeli
    $5.00
  • Don Isaac Abravanel and the Conversos: Wealth, Politics, and Messianism
    Cedric Cohen Skalli
    $5.00
  • The Jewish Precedent in the Spanish Politics of Conversion of Muslims and Moriscos
    Isabelle Poutrin
    $5.00
  • Papal Power, the Portuguese Inquisition, and a Consilium of Cardinal Pier Paolo Pariseo
    Kenneth Stow
    $5.00
  • Conversos, Finance, and Military Campaigns in the Reign of Ferdinand the Catholic: A View from Sicily
    Nadia Zeldes
    Free download Download
  • The Dutch Occupation and Defense of Brazil: The Question of the Support of Jews and Conversos
    Moisés Orfali
    $5.00
  • Manuel Fernandes Vila Real at the Portuguese Embassy in Paris, 1644-1649: New Documents and Insights
    Carsten L. Wilke
    $5.00
  • “The Purity of Blood Privilege for Honors and Positions”: The Spanish Crown and the Ximenes de Aragão Family
    Ana Isabel López-Salazar
    $5.00
  • Papal Bulls and Converso Brokers: New Christian Agents at the Service of the Catholic Monarchy in the Roman Curia (1550-1650)
    Antonio J. Díaz Rodríguez
    $5.00
  • "Anticonverso" Trends among Converted Jews in Seventeenth-Century Europe
    José Alberto Tavim
    $5.00
  • Manuel de Gama de Pádua's Political Networks: Service, Subversion, and the Disruption of the Portuguese Inquisition
    Ana Paula Lloyd
    $5.00
  • The Nação as a Political Entity at the Court of Rome
    James W. Nelson Novoa
    $5.00
  • Portuguese New Christians among the Local Elites in Seventeenth-Century Cartagena de Indias
    Aliza Moreno-Goldschmidt
    $5.00
  • The Portuguese Jews in Amsterdam and the Language of Liberty
    Miriam Bodian
    $5.00
  • Moriscos in Sicily in the Years of the Expulsion (1609–1614)
    Asher Salah
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  • Mercantilism, Statebuilding, and Social Reform: The Government of the Marquis of Pombal and the Abolition of the Distinction between New and Old Christians
    Jorge M. Pedreira
    $5.00
  • Emancipating the Chuetas: From Enlightened Despotism to Radical Liberalism
    Nitai Shinan
    Free download Download
  • Crypto-Judaism in Post-Pombaline Portugal: Legal and Social Remnants
    Bruno Feitler
    $5.00

dock-ument aims to promote the theoretical discourse on topics related to various aspects of the Levant and the concept of the Levant, with preference given to personal essays and to lyrical prose. Its purpose is to encourage 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, seeks to express 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.

+ Articles
  • Were God's People Destined to be Ruled by a Mortal King? A Judeo-Converso-Christian Tradition
    Yosi Yisraeli
    $5.00
  • Don Isaac Abravanel and the Conversos: Wealth, Politics, and Messianism
    Cedric Cohen Skalli
    $5.00
  • The Jewish Precedent in the Spanish Politics of Conversion of Muslims and Moriscos
    Isabelle Poutrin
    $5.00
  • Papal Power, the Portuguese Inquisition, and a Consilium of Cardinal Pier Paolo Pariseo
    Kenneth Stow
    $5.00
  • Conversos, Finance, and Military Campaigns in the Reign of Ferdinand the Catholic: A View from Sicily
    Nadia Zeldes
    Free download Download
  • The Dutch Occupation and Defense of Brazil: The Question of the Support of Jews and Conversos
    Moisés Orfali
    $5.00
  • Manuel Fernandes Vila Real at the Portuguese Embassy in Paris, 1644-1649: New Documents and Insights
    Carsten L. Wilke
    $5.00
  • “The Purity of Blood Privilege for Honors and Positions”: The Spanish Crown and the Ximenes de Aragão Family
    Ana Isabel López-Salazar
    $5.00
  • Papal Bulls and Converso Brokers: New Christian Agents at the Service of the Catholic Monarchy in the Roman Curia (1550-1650)
    Antonio J. Díaz Rodríguez
    $5.00
  • "Anticonverso" Trends among Converted Jews in Seventeenth-Century Europe
    José Alberto Tavim
    $5.00
  • Manuel de Gama de Pádua's Political Networks: Service, Subversion, and the Disruption of the Portuguese Inquisition
    Ana Paula Lloyd
    $5.00
  • The Nação as a Political Entity at the Court of Rome
    James W. Nelson Novoa
    $5.00
  • Portuguese New Christians among the Local Elites in Seventeenth-Century Cartagena de Indias
    Aliza Moreno-Goldschmidt
    $5.00
  • The Portuguese Jews in Amsterdam and the Language of Liberty
    Miriam Bodian
    $5.00
  • Moriscos in Sicily in the Years of the Expulsion (1609–1614)
    Asher Salah
    Free download Download
  • Mercantilism, Statebuilding, and Social Reform: The Government of the Marquis of Pombal and the Abolition of the Distinction between New and Old Christians
    Jorge M. Pedreira
    $5.00
  • Emancipating the Chuetas: From Enlightened Despotism to Radical Liberalism
    Nitai Shinan
    Free download Download
  • Crypto-Judaism in Post-Pombaline Portugal: Legal and Social Remnants
    Bruno Feitler
    $5.00
+ Dock-ument

dock-ument aims to promote the theoretical discourse on topics related to various aspects of the Levant and the concept of the Levant, with preference given to personal essays and to lyrical prose. Its purpose is to encourage 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, seeks to express 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.



Journal of Levantine Studies

The 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.