Levantine Entanglements - Local Dynamics of Globalization in a Contested Region - Terje Stordalen

Terje Stordalen [+-]
University of Oslo
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Terje Stordalen (Dr. theol. Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies, MF School of Theology, Oslo, 1998) is a professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies at the University of Oslo, where he is currently the head of the inter-disciplinary research school ATTR (Authoritative Texts and Their Reception). He also holds a chair as Obel Visiting Social Science professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. Stordalen has conducted and headed extensive cross-disciplinary research, particularly as head of the former research network “Religion in Pluralist Societies” (University of Oslo). He was the leader of the LDG research group situated at the Centre for Advanced Study, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in 2014–2015. He has also taken part in excavations at Tall Hisban, Jordan.
Øystein S. LaBianca [+-]
Andrews University
Øystein S. LaBianca (PhD in Anthropology, Brandeis University, 1987) is professor of anthropology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and associate director of the Institute of Archaeology at Andrews University in Michigan, US. He is a founding co-director of the Madaba Plains Project (MPP)—currently excavating in Jordan at Tall Hisban, Tall al-Umayri, and Tall Jalul—and senior director of the Hesban Cultural Heritage Project. He is a member of the board of trustees and former vice-president of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) in Alexandria, VA and also a trustee of the American Center for Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan. His research in Jordan has received research grants from, among others, the National Geographic Society, National Endowment for the Humanities, the US Department of State’s Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Heritage Preservation, and the Research Council of Norway. Dr. LaBianca was a co-founder of the LDG research project and a fellow at CAS during the year 2014–2015.


This cross-disciplinary volume makes the case for the Levant, including the use of the term, as a unit of analysis for the study of cultural production and change over the long-term in the Eastern Mediterranean. It offers a new perspective on the history of this region that overcomes Orientalist approaches and introduces a global history perspective. It posits a way forward for studying the agency of the local as a key to understanding the long-term history of cultural production over the long-term in the region. Finally, it tells the story of the crystallization within the region of a type of sub-imperial power, illustrated by the canonical discourses popularly associated with the religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

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Stordalen, Terje; LaBianca, Øystein. Preface. Levantine Entanglements - Local Dynamics of Globalization in a Contested Region. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jan 2021. ISBN 9781781799123. Date accessed: 16 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38435. Jan 2021

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