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

CfArticles: Edited Volume, Religion & Nationalism in the Islamic World, 20th century-present

Marco Demichelis, Research Fellow in History of Middle East and Islamic Studies within the Department of Religious Studies at the Catholic University of Milan, and Paolo Maggiolini, Teaching Assistant the Catholic University, Department of Political Studies, are assembling an Edited Volume on the relation between religion and nationalism within the wider context of the so-called “Islamic World” and along the wide time frame that goes from the first half of the 20th century

Author's Announcement: New Book: The Shrines of the 'Alids in Medieval Syria, by Stephennie Mulder

Dear Colleagues,

With the usual caveats about the embarrassments of self-promotion, I wanted to announce the recent publication of my book, which, although it is on a medieval topic, may be of interest to list members as it has some relevance for the current situation in Syria. You may download a free sample from chapter 2 here:


Best wishes, Stephennie Mulder