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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Book Announcement: The Barber of Damascus

Dear Colleagues,

Apologies for the multiple postings. This is to announce the publication of my book The Barber of Damascus: Nouveau Literacy in the 18th-Century Ottoman Levant

The introduction and the table of contents are available at Stanford University Press website: http://www.sup.org/book.cgi?id=22567

Thank you,

Dana Sajdi

Boston College

"Bayni wa-bayn al-Zubayri"?

I was hoping the H-Levant community might help me with a query.  I'm looking for any information on a text written by 'Umar Baha al-Din al-Amiri called "Bayni wa-bayn al-Zubayri," which (I assume) deals with his exchange of poetry with the Yemeni poet Muhammad Mahmud al-Zubayri while they were in Pakistan in the early 1950s. I have no publication information on this; I've only seen mention of the title.  If anyone has any information on this, please do contact me at jwillis@colorado.edu.

thanks so much,


Mary Jaharis Center Lecture Series: The Reliquary-Enkolpia of Saint Demetrios and the Wonder of Art, April 3

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce ​the second lecture​ in its 2013-2014 lecture series. On April 3, 2014, at 4pm, Dr. Ivan Drpić (University of Washington) will present "The Reliquary-Enkolpia of Saint Demetrios and the Wonder of Art.” Professor Drpić will explore the intersection of personal piety, art, and aesthetics in his discussion of the reliquary-enkolpia of Saint Demetrios.

Please join us afterward for wine and refreshments.

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 4:00–5:00 pm
Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room