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.
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.”
|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...|
|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.
|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.
|Lerna Ekmekçioğlu, Recovering Armenia: The Limits of Belonging |
in Post-Genocide Turkey. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press,
2016. 240 pp.