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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Toufoul Abou-Hodeib
Naz Yucel

Yucel on Abou-Hodeib, 'A Taste for Home: The Modern Middle Class in Ottoman Beirut'

Toufoul Abou-Hodeib. A Taste for Home: The Modern Middle Class in Ottoman Beirut. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2017. 280 pp. $65.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8047-9979-9.

Reviewed by Naz Yucel (George Washington University)
Published on H-Levant (August, 2017)
Commissioned by Ghenwa Hayek

CFP: ‘Levantines as pioneers of Modernization in Industry and Trade in the Ottoman Empire’, 20-21 October 2017 Istanbul, Turkey

The Levantines were a small minority concentrated in the cities of the Ottoman Empire, but their influence on
commerce, ideas and industrialisation was considerable. We would like to explore this theme in the conference and
are keen to attract new and recent research. The scale and scope of their activities was as varied as the Levantines
themselves. They worked both in small shops and giant factory complexes and their legacy survives in their buildings