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.

Recent Content

Author: 
Zeynep Çelik
Reviewer: 
G. Carole Woodall

Woodall on Çelik, 'Empire, Architecture, and the City: French-Ottoman Encounters, 1830-1914'


Zeynep Çelik. Empire, Architecture, and the City: French-Ottoman Encounters, 1830-1914. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008. 337 pp. Illustrations. $60.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-295-98779-8.

Reviewed by G. Carole Woodall (Department of History + Women’s and Ethnic Studies Program, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs)
Published on H-Levant (June, 2010)
Commissioned by Amy A. Kallander

Author: 
Benjamin Claude Brower
Reviewer: 
Amal Ghazal

Ghazal on Brower, 'A Desert Named Peace: The Violence of France's Empire in the Algerian Sahara, 1844-1902'


Benjamin Claude Brower. A Desert Named Peace: The Violence of France's Empire in the Algerian Sahara, 1844-1902. New York: Columbia University Press, c2009. xv + 417 pp. $50.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-231-15492-5; (cloth), ISBN 978-0-231-51937-3.

Reviewed by Amal Ghazal (Assistant Professor, Department of History, Dalhousie University)
Published on H-Levant (June, 2010)
Commissioned by Amy A. Kallander

Author: 
Matthias B. Lehmann
Reviewer: 
Julia Phillips Cohen

Cohen on Lehmann, 'Ladino Rabbinic Literature and Ottoman Sephardic Culture'


Matthias B. Lehmann. Ladino Rabbinic Literature and Ottoman Sephardic Culture. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005. 280 pp. 39.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-253-34630-8.

Reviewed by Julia Phillips Cohen (Vanderbilt University)
Published on H-Levant (March, 2010)
Commissioned by Amy A. Kallander

King Merodakh's Telegraph: Ottoman Jewish Religious Modernity

Author: 
Gary R. Bunt
Reviewer: 
Sune Haugbolle

Haugbolle on Bunt, 'iMuslims: Rewiring the House of Islam'


Gary R. Bunt. iMuslims: Rewiring the House of Islam. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009. 358 pp. $65.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8078-3258-5; $24.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8078-5966-7.

Reviewed by Sune Haugbolle (Assistant Professor of Arabic, Copenhagen University)
Published on H-Levant (February, 2010)
Commissioned by Amy A. Kallander

Author: 
Elyse Semerdjian
Reviewer: 
Dana Sajdi

Sajdi on Semerdjian, 'Off the Straight Path: Illicit Sex, Law, and Community in Ottoman Aleppo'


Elyse Semerdjian. Off the Straight Path: Illicit Sex, Law, and Community in Ottoman Aleppo. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2008. xxxviii + 247 pp. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8156-3173-6.

Reviewed by Dana Sajdi (Assistant Professor of History, Boston College)
Published on H-Levant (December, 2009)
Commissioned by Amy A. Kallander

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