Journal of Levantine Studies


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As the JLS family at Van Leer, we are happy to announce the publication of the latest issue of Theory and Criticism, VLJI's biannual publication in Hebrew dedicated to the critical study of culture and society in Israel.

Among the many insightful articles in this latest issue is Palestinian sociologist Honaida Ghanim's "Transforming Al-Quds into Urshalim: Erasure and Opposition in a Situation of Emergent Settler Colonialism." In this article, Ghanim examines the status of Palestinians in al-Quds and the processes of the Judaification of East Jerusalem as a case of emergent settler colonialism.

Ghanim's work reminds us of another article that highlights the importance of employing a postcolonial framework in scholarly analysis. In his article "Islamic Law as Indigenous Law: The Shari‘a Courts in Israel from a Postcolonial Perspective," published in the Journal of Levantine Studies (5.1), Israeli legal anthropologist and social historian Ido Shahar examines the shari‘a court system in Israel and illustrates how these courts act as sites of co-optation and resistance.

On the occasion of the publication of Theory and Criticism's latest issue, we invite you to revisit Ido Shahar's article, which is now available for free download:
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"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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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
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  • 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
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  • 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.