23. History and Levantine Entanglements

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

Øystein S. LaBianca [+-]
Andrews University
Øystein S. LaBianca is a professor of anthropology at Andrews University in Michigan. He is the author, co-author or co-editor of over twenty books dealing with the archaeology of Jordan and is a founding co-director of the Madaba Plains Project.


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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LaBianca, Øystein. 23. History and Levantine Entanglements. Levantine Entanglements - Local Dynamics of Globalization in a Contested Region. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Sep 2021. ISBN 9781781799123. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38460. Date accessed: 27 Feb 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38460. Sep 2021

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