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.

  • The RAND Corporation recently released their report on the substantial benefits of economically integrating the Levant through a comprehensive free trade agreement. Their independent research assesses these promising potential outcomes from more partnerships between Levantine governments. Along with the report, RAND has also created an interactive online calculator for policymakers to examine these benefits using different scenarios and partner countries.

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

September 23, 2019 Harry Seymour / Art

Ancient Palmyra’s painted lady brought back to life

Ancient Palmyra’s painted lady brought back to life

Harald Ingholt, a Danish archaeologist, was on his third campaign of excavations at Palmyra, in present-day Syria, in 1928, when his team unearthed a half-length portrait of an unknown woman made between AD190 and 210 in a tomb dubbed Qasr Abjad. Her sumptuous jewels and pearls and swathes of luxurious fabric led him to pronounce her […]

September 18, 2019 Joe Gill / Middle East Eye

Shakespeare, museums and Baghdad

Shakespeare, museums and Baghdad

On the first day of rehearsals for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of A Museum In Baghdad, writer Hannah Khalil looked around the studio at the big cast. All but two were – like herself – of Arab descent. “It was an emotional moment,” says the Irish-Palestinian dramatist. “I felt really proud, because that’s what I wanted […]

September 16, 2019 Sam Brennan / ALM

Beirut photo festival offers analogue experience in digital age

Beirut photo festival offers analogue experience in digital age

“Everyone has a phone. Everyone sees hundreds of images a day,” Ibrahim Dirani, project manager of the Beirut Image Festival (BIF), told Al-Monitor. “We have integrated this culture, but we don’t link it to an image that we stand in front of and really look at.” BIF, which runs Sept. 5 through Oct. 5 in different locations in Lebanon, seeks to […]

September 14, 2019 Mostafa Fathi / Raseef 22

The 500-Room Jewel in Egypt’s Crown

The 500-Room Jewel in Egypt’s Crown

It is one of Egypt’s most beautiful palaces – if not the most beautiful of them all – with 500 rooms and several museums home to important national treasures. It’s Abdeen Palace, inarguably the “jewel of royal palaces” in Egypt. Abdeen is located meters away from the Mohamed Naguib metro station. Built on an area […]

September 13, 2019 Lisa Morrow / ALM

Rich Ottoman recipes grace Istanbul tables

Rich Ottoman recipes grace Istanbul tables

Istanbul has long ignited the imagination of travelers, writers and historians. Minarets pierce the skyline, the call to prayer echoes off the clouds and the tantalising smell of food dances on the waves of the Bosporus. With a culinary tradition going back hundreds of years, visitors aren’t short of choice — from street food to restaurants […]

September 13, 2019 Aimee Dawson / Art

Middle East think-tank opens art gallery in Washington, DC

Middle East think-tank opens art gallery in Washington, DC

The Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington, DC, a non-partisan think-tank, is to inaugurate a new art gallery showing works by contemporary Middle Eastern artists on 14 September following a major renovation of its headquarters. The 1,200 sq. ft space near Dupont Circle will put on up to five exhibitions a year, including travelling shows, […]

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