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Vol. 5, No. 2 Winter 2015
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Journal of Levantine Studies

Journal of Levantine Studies (JLS) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, 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.

The Editorial Board welcomes scholarly debate on the symbolic and theoretical significance of the Levant as well as on the political, social, and cultural manifestations of reality for the people of the region. The journal looks to publish articles that engage contemporary academic discussions on relevant socio-political topics including (but not limited to) processes of religion and secularization, the construction of memory, literary and linguistic streams, the migration of knowledge and people, consumerism and commercial networks, globalization, and the study of nationality and trans-nationalism.


Walking through History: Individual Identity, Directions, and Common Knowledge in Cairo
Roger Owen

Long ago—sometime in the 1970s—I went looking for the Cairo offices of a charity: al-Jeel. Started and run by a charismatic Egyptian student leader, Ahmed Abdulla, whom I had come to know while he was taking political refuge in Britain a few years earlier, it was located in the Ain al-Sira quarter of the city. This quarter was a dense mixture of the popular housing projects of the Nasser era and more informal dwellings, mostly without numbers and built on streets without names, and addresses tended to assume the character of “Go to such and such a mosque, look for a certain nearby house or a café, and ask for Ali.” Read more

Vol. 5, No. 2 Winter 2015

The Armenian Genocide and the World: Guest Editor's Note Free Access
Stefan Ihrig
For a hundred years the Armenian Genocide has been a highly contentious topic. Yet despite attempts by official and unofficial Turkish denialism to marginalize it, the subject has had a remarkable career in world history. And despite the continued attempts of Turkish denialism to provincialize the topic, it is far from being only a Turkish-Armenian topic: it is part of world history. A hundred years later, however, uncertainty still reigns—to such an extent that it hinders an integration of the Armenian Genocide, of such a seminal event in world history, into our histories, analyses, and...
James Bryce and the Origins of the Armenian Question
Oded Steinberg
James Bryce’s Blue Book as EvidenceFree Access
Michelle Tusan
Lord Bryce and the Armenians in German Propaganda during World War I
Stefan Ihrig
The Armenian Genocide in Interwar Hungarian Political Discourse
Péter Pál Kránitz
The Zionist Leaders’ Fear: Perception of, Comparison with, and Reactions to the Armenian Genocide
Martina Berli
The Representation of the Psychological Ramifications of the Armenian Genocide: A Voice Crying Out in the Desert?
Avi Kay
Explaining the Unexplainable: Recent Trends in the Armenian Genocide HistoriographyFree Access
Bedross Der Matossian
Dreams and Nightmares: Reading Akram Aylisli’s Stone Dreams on the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
Mikail Mamedov
The Collective Memory of Ongoing Wars: An Introduction to Nurcan BaysalFree Access
Nathalie Alyon
Living with the Curse of the Armenians (Translated by Nathalie Alyon)Free Access
Nurcan Baysal
Book Review: Review Essay
Nazan Maksudyan
Review Essay: Self, Family, and Society: Individual and
Communal Reflections on the Armenian Genocide

Karnig Panian, Goodbye Antoura: A Memoir of the
Armenian Genocide. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press,
2015. 216 pp.
Douglas Kalajian, Stories My Father Never Finished Telling Me:
Living with the Armenian Legacy of Loss and Silence. Boynton
Beach, FL: 8220 Press, 2014. 259 pp.
Robert Aram Kaloosdian, Tadem, My Father’s Village:
Extinguished during the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Portsmouth,
NH: Peter E. Randall Publisher, 2015. 352 pp.
Book Review
Erdal Kaynar
Ronald Grigor Suny, “They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere
Else”: A History of the Armenian Genocide. Princeton, NJ:
Princeton University Press, 2015. 520 pp.
Book Review
Reşat Kasaba
Lerna Ekmekçioğlu, Recovering Armenia: The Limits of Belonging
in Post-Genocide Turkey. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press,
2016. 240 pp.