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Vol. 5, No. 1 Summer 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.

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Sneak Peak: dock-ument from Vol 5.2
Nurcan Baysal (Translated by Nathalie Alyon)

4/24/2016
In order to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, we are publishing an advance copy of this issue's upcoming dock-ument section. This special essay is written by Nurcan Baysal, a Kurdish author, who reflects on her grandmother's memories and grief about the Armenians who died. She draws powerful comparisons to the Kurdish position in Turkey today. Read more

Vol. 5, No. 1 Summer 2015

Editor's Note Free Access
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Abigail Jacobson
The significance of “space” as an analytical category has been well established in the social sciences and humanities for many years. As a result of the “spatial turn” in the late 1970s and 1980s, “space” began to be treated both as a symbolic form of meaning and as playing a much greater role in historical processes. Indeed, as David Harvey taught us in his seminal work Consciousness and the Urban Experience, space is not simply a neutral, abstract, and uniform category; rather, it is embedded with certain historical realities and processes. Henri Lefebvre, Michel Foucault, and...
Articles
Skin Color Stratification in Israel Revisited
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Henriette Dahan Kalev, Maya Maor
The Rear Side of the Front: Gaza and Its People in World War I
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Dotan Halevy
The City Square in the Performance of Taanit: From Rabbinic Space to Contemporary Jerusalem
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Yair Lipshitz
Islamic Law as Indigenous Law: The Shari‘a Courts in Israel from a Postcolonial PerspectiveFree Access
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Ido Shahar
Essays
The Foundational Antinativism of Mizrahi LiteratureFree Access
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Moshe Behar
Flora Saporto as a Window into Changes in the Lives of Sephardi Women in Palestine at the End of the Ottoman EraFree Access
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Margalit Shilo
dock-ument
"I Own Nothing Save My Dreams": Ezidis Recount Their TragedyFree Access
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Idan Barir
Ezidi I AmFree Access
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Haji Mershawi
Free Access
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Sarmad Saleem
Rain RainFree Access
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Sana Tapany
The CaptiveFree Access
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Murad Suleiman Allo
IdentityFree Access
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Haiman Alkarsafy
Do Not Curse My MotherFree Access
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Saleh Mado
Mount ShingalFree Access
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Saado Bajoo
In Memory of Thomas PhilippFree Access
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Birgit Schaebler
Reviews
The Review Section
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Yonatan Mendel
Book Review
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Madeleine Wells
Miriam Cooke. Tribal Modern: Branding New Nations in the Arab Gulf. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014. 214 pp.
Frederic M. Wehrey. Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: From the Iraq War to the Arab Uprisings. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014.328 pp.
Book Review
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Shira Wilkof
Sharon Rotbard. White City, Black City: Architecture and War in Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Translated by Orit Gat. London: Pluto Press/MIT Press, 2015. 256 pp.
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Selçuk Dursun
Sam White. The Climate of Rebellion in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 352 pp.