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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Mamluk Architecture Course, May 8-10, 2017, preceding the Fourth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies

Dear Colleagues,

Following our earlier announcement of the fourth conference of the School of Mamluk Studies to be held in Beirut, and its accompanying three-day course in architecture, we would like to once again remind everyone of the course and the procedures to register for it.

Intensive course: Mamluk Architecture

Query: Syrian Civil War in Historical Context

Dear Historians of Syria, 

Is it too soon for historians to weigh in on the causes of the Syrian Civil War? I am wondering if anyone has dared to venture a historical analysis (i.e. one that goes back farther and deeper than the 2011 uprising, Bashar's tenure as president, post-9/11 and post-Cold War regional alignments and US military interventions.) How deep and far back have historians gone and how far back makes sense? Is there a place for understanding the current war in the context of 20th-century Sryian history as a whole and even including the Ottoman period? 

ANNC: ASMEA 2017 Research and Travel Grant Opportunities

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) is pleased to announce its 2017 Research and Travel Grant Programs in conjunction with its Tenth Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. to be held October 19 – 21, 2017. Grant awards range from $500 to $2500.

The deadline to submit a grant application is March 31, 2017.