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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ANNC: Sufism and Islamic Manuscript Culture – Registration Open/Programme Published


13–15 September 2016, Magdalene College, Cambridge, UK

Organised by The Islamic Manuscript Association


Dear Colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce the opening of registration for The Islamic Manuscript Association’s upcoming conference on Sufism and Islamic Manuscript Culture, which will be held from 13 to 15 September at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

New Book: Freedom in the Arab World: Concepts and Ideologies in Arabic Thought in the Nineteenth Century by Wael Abu-‘Uksa, Cambridge University Press, 2016

Relying on the hypothesis that the mental preoccupation with the subject of freedom became a core issue in the construction of all modern ideologies, this book traces the semantic inflation and the extreme politicization of signifiers that indicate the concept “freedom” in Arabic during the time between the French and the British invasions of Egypt (1798–1882). The work displays the semantic evolvement of the concept of “freedom,” its ideological offshoots, their modes, and their substance as they developed in the dynamics of the Arabic language in early Ottoman Arab modernity.