For Further Reading: H-Levant Book Reviews


Compiled by Andrea Stanton


Many SSA members are also members of H-Levant, the online discussion network that promotes online scholarly conversation about the culture, history, and politics of modern Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine (URL: . In addition to requests for archival assistance, suggestions for teaching materials, and updates on current events, H-Levant publishes reviews of recent scholarly publications.


Below is a list of H-Levant reviews published in 2007 and 2008. Readers can access these reviews by searching the H-Levant website listed above, or by visiting, scrolling down, and setting the “Review Year” to 2007 or 2008 and the “Publishing List” to H-Levant.




cooke, miriam, Dissident Syria: Making Oppositional Arts Official; reviewed by Jonathan Shannon.


Grehan, James, Everyday life and Consumer Culture in 18th-Century Damascus; reviewed by Donald Quataert.


MacLean, Gerald, The Rise of Oriental Travel: English Visitors to the Ottoman Empire, 1580-1720; reviewed by Galina Yermolenko.


Peters, Rudolph, Crime and Punishment in Islamic Law: Theory and Practice from the Sixteenth to the Twenty-First Century; reviewed by Kent Schull.


Watenpaugh, Heghnar Zeitlian, The Image of an Ottoman City: Imperial Architecture and Urban Experience in Aleppo in the 16th and 17th Century; reviewed by May Farhat.


Watenpaugh, Keith David, Being Modern in the Middle East: Revolution, Nationalism, Colonialism and the Middle Class; reviewed by Eyal Zisser.




Agmon, Iris, Family and Court: Legal Culture and Modernity in Late Ottoman Palestine; reviewed by Amy Aisen Elouafi.


Borneman, John, Syrian Episodes: Sons, Fathers, and an Anthropologist in Aleppo; reviewed by Faedah Totah.


Busquets, Joan, editor, Aleppo: Rehabilitation of the Old City; reviewed by Faedah Totah.


Provence, Michael, The Great Syrian Revolt and the Rise of Arab Nationalism; reviewed by David Commins.

Rabil, Robert, Syria, the United States, and the War on Terror in the Middle East; reviewed by Raymond Hinnebusch.


Salamandra, Christa, A New Old Damascus: Authenticity and Distinction in Urban Syria; reviewed by Nell Gabiam.


Salem, Elise, Constructing Lebanon: A Century of Literary Narratives; reviewed by Marilyn Booth.


Ze’evi, Dror, Producing Desire: Changing Sexual Discourse in the Ottoman Middle East, 1500-1900; reviewed by Khaled El-Rouayheb.