Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean
Author: Philip Mansel
Publisher: BookCase London
ISBN: 9780300181715
Category: History
Page: 470
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Chronicles the history of three major cities in the Levant region--Smyrna, Alexandria, and Beirut--from its golden age in the sixteenth century when different cultures and religions lived together to the present day.

Quaternary of the Levant

Author: Yehouda Enzel,Ofer Bar-Yosef
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107090466
Category: History
Page: 672
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Over eighty contributions from leading researchers review 2.5 million years of environmental change and human cultural evolution in the Levant.

Levant: Recipes and memories from the Middle East

Author: Anissa Helou
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007448627
Category: Cooking
Page: 352
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Anissa Helou’s Levant is a collection of mouth-watering recipes inspired by Anissa’s family and childhood in Beirut and Syria, and her travels around the exciting regions of the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant

C. 8000-332 BCE
Author: Margreet L. Steiner,Ann E. Killebrew
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019921297X
Category: History
Page: 885
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This Handbook aims to serve as a research guide to the archaeology of the Levant, an area situated at the crossroads of the ancient world that linked the eastern Mediterranean, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, and Egypt. Unique in its treatment of the entire region, it offers a comprehensive overview and analysis of the current state of the archaeology of the Levant within its larger cultural, historical, and socio-economic contexts. Written by leading scholars inthe field, it focuses chronologically on the Neolithic through Persian periods - a time span during which the Levant was often in close contact with the imperial powers of Egypt, Anatolia, Assyria, Babylon, andPersia. This volume will serve as an invaluable reference work for those interested in a contextualised archaeological account of this region, beginning with the tenth millennium BC 'agricultural revolution', until the conquest of Alexander the Great that marked the end of the Persian period.

Memoirs of an Amnesiac

Author: Oscar Levant
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
ISBN: 9780573606984
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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A world class pianist, composer, television and film personality, Levant seemed to know everyone who was anyone. His career took him from the concert hall to Broadway and Hollywood, to radio and television, to drug addiction and the psychiatric ward of Mr Sinai hospital. Through a collection of anecdotal vignettes, Levant offers the reader a roller-coaster ride through the ups and downs of an often troubled, often brilliant artist and critic of the human condition, let loose on the uneasy ground where art and commerce overlap.

Pirates of the Levant

Author: Arturo Pérez-Reverte
Publisher: Orion
ISBN: 9780297852490
Category: Adventure stories
Page: 267
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'This was a time where Spain was revered, feared and hated in the easterly seas; where the devil had no color, no name and no flag, and where the only thing needed to summon hell on earth (or sea for that matter) was a Spaniard and his sword' Alatriste is back - this time on the high seas! Accompanied by his faithful companion Inigo, the captain joins a Spanish galleon and sets sail from Naples towards the east on a journey that will take them to Melilla, Oran, and finally Malta where they must struggle against the Turk. On board they will have many adventures, including an encounter with The Moor Gurriato'. Now seventeen, Inigo is still in love with Angelica but will wisdom come with age and experience?

The Levant: Crossroads of Late Antiquity. History, Religion and Archaeology

Le Levant: Carrefour de l'antiquité Tardive. Histoire, religion et archéologie
Author: Ellen Bradshaw Aitken,John M. Fossey
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004258272
Category: History
Page: 508
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The Levant: Crossroads of Late Antiquity. History, Religion, and Archaeology explores through texts and material culture the religious and social developments in the Roman province of Syria during the 3rd through 6th centuries C.E., including the shaping of early Christianity.

Dolmens in the Levant

Author: James A. Fraser
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351375423
Category: Social Science
Page: 374
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When Western explorers first encountered dolmens in the Levant, they thought they had discovered the origins of a megalithic phenomenon that spread as far as the Atlantic coast. Although European dolmens are now considered an unrelated tradition, many researchers continue to approach dolmens in the Levant as part of a trans-regional phenomenon that spanned the Taurus mountains to the Arabian peninsula. By tightly defining the term 'dolmen' itself, this book brings these mysterious monuments into sharper focus. Drawing on historical, archaeological and geological sources, it is shown that dolmens in the Levant mostly concentrate in the eastern escarpment of the Jordan Rift Valley, and in the Galilean hills. They cluster near proto-urban settlements of the Early Bronze I period (3700–3000 BCE) in particular geological zones suitable for the extraction of megalithic slabs. Rather than approaching dolmens as a regional phenomenon, this book considers dolmens as part of a local burial tradition whose tomb forms varied depending on geological constraints. Dolmens in the Levant is essential for anyone interested in the rise of civilisations in the ancient Middle East, and particularly those who have wondered at the origins of these enigmatic burial monuments that dominate the landscape.

Struggle in the Levant

Lebanon in the 1950s
Author: Caroline Attie,Caroline Camille Attié
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 9781860644672
Category: History
Page: 257
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The 1950s in Lebanon were marked by bitter infighting, slander, rivalry and rumor. Much was left unsaid, much was misunderstood, much was lied about. Caroline Attié's book seeks to explain the truth behind the intrigues and cloak-and-dagger politics that dominated the country for the decade. Many questions have gone unanswered until now. Attie's book, useful to all students of the modern Middle East, sheds penetrating light into these shadowy regions of Lebanese history.

The Levant

A Fractured Mosaic
Author: William Harris,William Wilson Harris
Publisher: Markus Wiener Publishers
ISBN: 9781558766020
Category: History
Page: 260
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At the outset of the 21st century, perhaps the most interesting feature of the Levant (in Arabic, Bilad al-Sham), in the midst of an overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim Arab world, is the command of the entire coastal zone from Cilicia south to Sinai either by non-Arabs or by Arabs who are not Sunni Muslims. The reality overshadows the Levantine interior. In the central Levant the mountain has come to town with the Alawi political ascendance in Damascus in the south, Israeli military and economic power dominates the Palestinians and Jordanians. The transformation in less than a century is remarkable.

Domination and Resistance

Egyptian Military Activity in the Southern Levant, Ca. 1300-1185 B.C.
Author: Michael G. Hasel
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004109841
Category: History
Page: 372
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This publication of Egyptian international policy provides fascinating new information about Egyptian New Kingdom military activity by an unprecedented integration of textual, iconographic, and archaeological contexts, establishing not only the Egyptian perception of events, but actual effects on Levantine sociocultural dynamics.


How Our Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights
Author: Ezra Levant
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 9781551993409
Category: Political Science
Page: 232
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Winner of the Writer's Trust of Canada / Samara's - Best Canadian Political Book of the Last 25 Years Part memoir, part investigative journalism, this is a shocking and controversial look at the corruption of Canada’s human rights commissions. “On January 11, 2008, I was summoned to a 90-minute government interrogation. My crime? As the publisher of Western Standard magazine, I had reprinted the Danish cartoons of Mohammed to illustrate a news story. I was charged with the offence of “discrimination,” and made to appear before Alberta’s “human rights commission” for questioning. As crazy as it sounds, I became the only person in the world to face legal sanction for printing those cartoons.” As a result of this highly publicized event, Ezra Levant began investigating other instances in which innocent people have had their freedoms compromised by bureaucrats presuming to protect Canadians’ human rights. He discovered some disturbing and even bizarre cases, such as the tribunal ruling that an employee at a McDonald’ s restaurant in Vancouver did not have to wash her hands at work. And the human rights complaint filed by a Calgary hair stylist against the women at a salon school who called him a “loser.” In another case that seemed stranger than fiction, an emotionally unstable transvestite fought for — and won — the right to counsel female rape victims, despite the anguished pleas of those same traumatized victims. Human rights commissions now monitor political opinions, fine people for expressing politically incorrect viewpoints, censor websites, and even ban people, permanently, from saying certain things. The book is a result of Levant’s ordeal and the research it inspired. It shows how our concept of human rights has morphed into something dangerous and drastically different from its original meaning. Shakedown is a convincing plea to Canadians to reclaim their basic liberties. From the Hardcover edition.

Towns in Ancient Israel and in the Southern Levant

Author: Claudia Sagona,C. H. J. de Geus
Publisher: Peeters Publishers
ISBN: 9789042912694
Category: History
Page: 189
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Many towns flourished in the Southern Levant during the 9th to 7th centuries BCE. More than a century of excavations of these towns in Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories has resulted in an increased understanding of how such towns functioned and what they looked like. The remains of Megiddo, Samaria or Hazor, for instance, have received numerous visitors. This book aims at summarizing what is now actually known about the architecture of the towns. The reader will be surprised and impressed when he starts to realize the degree of style these rather small towns could have. With this book, the author conducts a virtual city walk through such a town from the later Iron Age in this region.

The Levant in Transition

Proceedings of a Conference Held at the British Museum on 20-21 April 2004
Author: Peter J. Parr,Palestine Exploration Fund
Publisher: Maney Pub
Category: Social Science
Page: 121
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The latter part of the 3rd millennium BC witnessed severe dislocations in the social, economic and political structures of the lands at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea - the Levant. In the south, in what is now Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Jordan, hitherto thriving urban centres disappeared, to be replaced for several centuries by smaller agricultural and pastoral settlements, with an apparently increasingly large semi-nomadic or nomadic element in the population. In the north - modern Syria - life in many of the earlier towns was also disrupted, but there does not seem to have been such a major break in urban traditions, and the new towns which soon replaced the old were to rise to unprecedented heights of prosperity and cultural achievement well before the end of the millennium. The causes of these different but related historical developments - including possible environmental changes, military activity, and ethnic movements - have long enthralled archaeologists and ancient historians. This volume contains the papers given at a conference held in 2004 at the British Museum, presenting both new evidence and new theories bearing on this transitional period.

The Levant in Turmoil

Syria, Palestine, and the Transformation of Middle Eastern Politics
Author: Martin Beck,Dietrich Jung,Peter Seeberg
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137526025
Category: Political Science
Page: 226
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Since the early weeks of the so-called Arab Spring, high hopes for democratic, social, and political change in the Middle East have been met with varying degrees of frustration. In the sub-region of the Levant, regional uprisings have turned to violent conflict in places such as Syria, Iraq, and the Gaza Strip. In Syria, popular unrest has caused enormous human suffering in one of the most brutal civil wars the region ever has witnessed, yet the international community has shown an appalling inability to act. Taking the war in Syria as its central point of reference, this book raises the question of whether the developments in the Levant might lead not only to processes of regime change, but also to a fundamental alteration of its entire state system.

Ceramics and Change in the Early Bronze Age of the Southern Levant

Author: Graham Philip,Douglas Baird
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781841271354
Category: Social Science
Page: 427
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This book sets out the primary issues and current debates in the use of ceramics to reconstruct and explain cultural economic and social processes in the Early Bronze age. By bringing together research on pottery from various parts of the southern Levant, it allows direct comparison of contemporary material from different regions. Alongside these empirical studies are discussions of general ceramic issues, so that the book highlights the potential of pottery as an investigative tool, and indicates fruitful directions for future research within the traditionally conservative field of Levantine archaeology.