H-Levant is a moderated network for those interested in the scholarly discussion of the modern history and culture of the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean. Called "the Levant" in English and "al-mashriq" in Arabic, the region today includes Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan and parts of Turkey. While most of the inhabitants are Arabic-speaking Muslims, there are significant populations of Jews and Christians. And although the peoples of the region are diverse, they possess a shared history stretching back millenia.

Recent Content

Conference CfP: Deprovincializing the U.S. Presidency: John F. Kennedy as seen from the decolonizing world

Submission and conference details:

  • Submission of abstracts (500 words max., plus a short CV): Monday, 3 October 2016, to Cyrus Schayegh, at schayegh@princeton.edu
  • Conference place / time: Princeton University, NJ, USA, Friday-Saturday, 5-6 May 2017
  • Flight and lodging (2 nights) paid by the conference organizer


New Book: The Rise and Fall of Syria's Great Merchant City by Philip Mansel, I.B.Tauris, 2016

I would like to announce my latest book which is on Aleppo since the Ottoman conquest in 1516 till today. A 65 page history followed by 147 pages of extracts from travellers' accounts including Leonhard Rauwolff, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, Alexander Russell and 12 others.

This book stresses the diversity of the city (which Charles Robson in 1628 called 'an epitome of the whole world') and the role of foreign consuls, Catholic Missions and the French language, long before the installation of the French mandate in 1920.

CfP--Ways of Knowing -- 5th Annual Graduate Conference on Religion -- Harvard Divinity School

Call for Papers: Ways of Knowing 2016 Conference

The Science, Religion, and Culture (SRC) Program at Harvard Divinity School announces the 5th annual "Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference in Religion," to be held October 27-29, 2016, on the campus of Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA.