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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.


Social History Workshop: Dispossession by Law
Ahmed Amara

On May 5, 2015, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected the Abu al-Kia’an family’s appeal against the decision of the government and the planning authorities to evict the inhabitants of two Bedouin villages that inhabit about 1,000 members of the family. In their stead and on the land that the family cultivates, the government will build a new settlement named Hiran and a new forest named Yatir. The state argued in court that the Bedouins were trespassers on state land and based on this fact it decided to establish a settlement and to authorize the eviction of the inhabitants against compensation. Several days later, on May 14, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in the matter of the al-Uqbi family regarding land, part of which is in the area of al-Arakib, a village that has been destroyed by the state more than eighty times since 2010. The Supreme Court ruled, on the basis of Ottoman and British laws, that the land in question is “dead (mawat) land”, and thus state land.” “Dead land” is defined under Ottoman law as land that is not possessed or cultivated by anyone and that lies more than one and a half miles from an inhabited area. However, a historical review reveals that the court drew on such historical legal categories in a selective manner that rendered them meaningless. 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.