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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Query: Participation of women in 1893 World Fair



If anyone come across references to the participation of women from the Middle East in the 1893 World Fair in Chicago, would you please pass them on? I have been finding such and am wanting to know more for my current research. (This would be a great research project for someone - not me, though.) 


many thanks,

Ellen Fleischmann


CfP: 2015 Gingko Library Conference: 1906 Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the Narratives of the Enlightenment, Sept 14-16, 2015

Iran’s Constitutional Revolution of 1906 and the Narratives of the Enlightenment
Gingko-BIPS Conference 15-16 September 2015 British Academy, London
Convened by Professor Ali Ansari, British Institute of Persian Studies, & Dr Barbara Schwepcke, Gingko Library

Of Interest: Destruction of Iraqi Antiquities

The deliberate destruction and looting of antiquities in Mosul seems to have reached a crescendo with the release [Feb 26] of videos showing Islamic State militants blowing up pre-Islamic heritage sites and sledgehammering Assyrian monuments and statues:

Sam Hardy's Conflict Antiquities blog: Islamic State has toppled, sledgehammered and jackhammered (drilled out) artefacts in Mosul Museum and at Nineveh