Projects & Resources – New Levant Initiative

Projects & Resources

Partner Projects

NLI is proud to support many projects and institutions that bring about initiatives, tools, and experiences to further educate the public about Levantine arts, culture, and history.

  • In Partnership with Levant Carta

    NLI supports the Humanities Research Center (HRC) at Rice University and their sustainable, multi-tiered, and data-driven Levant Carta initiative. The Levant Carta is dedicated to the production of a cartographic platform that will bring together scholarly networks and enable the production of temporally accurate and illustrated maps of Levantine cities. For this initiative, the HRC will interconnect a series of activities, meant to act as bridges across disciplines, schools, and universities both in the U.S. and abroad.

  • NLI has joined forces with the RAND Corporation to amplify the message of economic opportunity. By reviving the Levantine cultural and social networks that once existed, the New Levant Initiative aims to reawaken the Levantine identity.

Further Reading

The wide range of books by and about Levantines take readers from the ancient world to today. Below are some of our favorites that capture the history, architecture, archaeology, culture, art, music and more, all inspired by the Levant.

Background History

Levantine Authors

Modern Levant

Featured Articles

January 7, 2019 Adam Forrest / Independent

Google celebrates pioneering Turkish abstract artist

Google celebrates pioneering Turkish abstract artist

Google’s latest Doodle celebrates the life of Fahrelnissa Zeid, the renowned Turkish artist best known for blending Islamic and Byzantine traditions with influences from the West. Tate Modern, the British gallery that organised a major retrospective of the late painter in 2017, called her “one of the greatest female artists of the 20th century.” Ms Zeid created her own distinctive […]

January 6, 2019 Sophie Prideaux / National

Middle Eastern designers making a splash in Hollywood

Middle Eastern designers making a splash in Hollywood

The Middle East continues to establish itself as a global hub for emerging talent, and regional fashion designers made waves internationally in 2018. A host of A-list celebrities turned to creatives from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Kuwait and Bahrain to dress them for their red-carpet moments, while off-duty ­models showed their street-style prowess in […]

January 3, 2019 The Media Line / YnetNews

Comedy in the Middle East is an antidote to extremism

Comedy in the Middle East is an antidote to extremism

Comedians in the Middle East play an important role in combating all forms of extremism, a veteran Jordanian comedian has said, amid a widening controversy over streaming giant Netflix’s decision to yank an episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj in Saudi Arabia. “The biggest enemy of extremism and fundamentalism is comedy,” Nabil Sawalha, who […]

January 2, 2019 Ahmad Melhem / Al-Monitor

Palestinian oud trio combines poetry with music

Palestinian oud trio combines poetry with music

Le Trio Joubran, cited among the world’s best-known Palestinian musicians, maintain that the two essential components of Palestinian culture — the oud and the verses of great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish — are central to their works. “The oud, the music and the poems of Mahmoud Darwish have become an integral part of the Palestinian culture. We feel that we are […]

December 30, 2018 Olivia Cuthbert / MEE

Contemporary calligraphers bring ancient scripts back to life

Contemporary calligraphers bring ancient scripts back to life

Slowly shaping each letter with a bamboo tool dipped in plant-based ink, calligrapher Joumana Medlej finds a meditative calm amid the chaos of modern life. “In this time of constant distraction, it reacquaints you with the practice of total focus,” she says, as she writes in ancient kufic calligraphy, named after the city of Kufah in […]

December 11, 2018 Giuseppe Mancini / Al-Monitor

Roman-era mosaics home at last in Turkey’s Zeugma

Roman-era mosaics home at last in Turkey’s Zeugma

“Every work of art is beautiful and meaningful in the place where it belongs.” In a statement that is also a political manifesto, Turkey’s Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy welcomed back 12 fragments of precious Roman-era mosaics on Dec. 8. at the Zeugma Mosaic Museum in the southeastern city of Gaziantep. They were illegally excavated in […]

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