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Vol. 3, No. 2 Winter 2013
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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.

Vol. 3, No. 2 Winter 2013

Editor's Note Free Access
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Anat Lapidot-Firilla
The nation-state order in the Levant has been under constant challenge since its establishment. While the writing of an obituary for nation-states may be premature, critical discussion regarding both the logic of the international arrangements and the changing reality on the ground that created the countries in the Middle East has intensified since the 1990s......
Articles
Creating Sepharad: Expulsion, Migration, and the Limits of Diaspora
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Jonathan Ray
Exile, History, and the Nationalization of Jewish Memory: Some Reflections on the Zionist Notion of History and ReturnFree Access
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Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin
Deterritorialization of Belonging: Between Home and Unhomely in Miral al-Tahawy's Brooklyn Heights and Salman Natur's She, the Autumn, and Me
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Ariel Moriah Sheetrit
Landscape Representations in Palestinian Art and Israeli Art Discourse: The Case of Asim Abu Shaqra
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Tal Ben Zvi
Rethinking Turkey’s Soft Power in the Arab World: Islam, Secularism, and Democracy
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Carola Cerami
Translation
Liberal Tolerance in Arab Political Thought: Translating Farah Antun (1874–1922)
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Wael Abu-'Uksa
The Meaning of “Tolerance,” Which Is the Basis of Modern Civilization
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Farah Antun
dock-ument
In Other WordsFree Access
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Zohar Kohavi
In the Shade of Two LanguagesFree Access
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Marzuq al-Halabi
Reviews
The Reviews SectionFree Access
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Wael Abu-'Uksa and Yonatan Mendel
Book Review
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Abbas Shiblak
Orit Bashkin
New Babylonians: A History of Jews in Modern Iraq
Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012. 328 pp.
Book Review
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Akram Khater
Tomer Levi
The Jews of Beirut: The Rise of a Levantine Community, 1860s–1930s
New York: Peter Lang, 2012. 230 pp.
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Max Reibman
Jacob Norris
Land of Progress: Palestine in the Age of Colonial Development, 1905–1948
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 241 pp.