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.

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CFP: International Summit on Civil and Human Rights, October 28-30, 2015, Keenesaw, GA

Kennesaw State University’s Center for African and African Diaspora Studies invites scholars, artists, activists, and practitioners to submit papers/panels proposals and participate in a three-day summit in Kennesaw (an Atlanta suburb) on October 28-30, 2015.  The summit is designed as a multi-disciplinary platform to remember, reflect, celebrate and interrogate historical and contemporary civil and human rights issues that are both national and transnational.   It incorporates discussions in all formats – visual and performance arts, spoken word, fine arts installation, panel and roundtabl

Of Interest: Introduction to Islamic Codicology "Value of Old Paper" lecture, American University of Beirut, Apr 22

Dear Colleagues,

The Islamic Manuscript Association, in cooperation with the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and the American University of Beirut, is pleased to announce that its intensive short course, Introduction to Islamic Codicology, which is held at the American University of Beirut from 20–24 April 2015, is full. 

CfApplications: 'Palaeography of Early Qur'anic Scripts' Scholarship Deadline: Apr 26

'Palaeography of Early Qur'anic Scripts' Scholarship Deadline: Sunday, 26 April 2015 – The Islamic Manuscript Association


Dear colleagues,

In partnership with the Barakat Trust, The Islamic Manuscript Association is pleased to offer three scholarships in 2015 to enable a senior Muslim conservator, codicologist, librarian, art historian, curator, researcher, or any other scholar or specialist of Islamic manuscripts to attend a course organised by the Association in Cambridge, UK.

Setrag Manoukian
Derek Mancini-Lander

Mancini-Lander on Manoukian, 'City of Knowledge in Twentieth-Century Iran: Shiraz, History and Poetry'

Setrag Manoukian. City of Knowledge in Twentieth-Century Iran: Shiraz, History and Poetry. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2012. xi + 259 pp. $140.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-415-78328-6; $48.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-138-78944-9.

Reviewed by Derek Mancini-Lander (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)
Published on H-Levant (April, 2015)
Commissioned by Laila Parsons