1. The Region of the Levant and the Resurgence of the Local Perspective

Levantine Entanglements - Cultural Productions, Long-term Changes and Globalizations in the Eastern Mediterranean - 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.

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This chapter introduces the rationale for studying global history from the context of specific localities and viewing the Levant in a longue durée perspective. The relevant lands are geographically defined and the editors offer a reflection on different conventions for naming these lands. Certain salient characteristics of the Levant are identified and elaborated, such as its perennial internal fragmentation, its geopoliticially strategic location as a corridor connecting cultural epicenters at three different continents, and the resultant constant exposure to successive world empires and trade networks.

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Stordalen, Terje; LaBianca, Øystein. 1. The Region of the Levant and the Resurgence of the Local Perspective. Levantine Entanglements - Cultural Productions, Long-term Changes and Globalizations in the Eastern Mediterranean. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jan 2021. ISBN 9781781799123. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38437. Date accessed: 08 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38437. Jan 2021

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