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- Through the Cracks of Détente: The Superpowers, the Arab “Radicals,” and the Coming of the Second Cold War, 1977–1984by ACOR on February 20, 2024 at 10:32 am
by Benjamin V. Allison In November 1980, the Arab League met in Amman, Jordan, for a summit aimed at promoting Arab unity, particularly against Israel and Egypt, which had concluded a peace treaty the previous year. But the summit rapidly fell apart, as members of the Steadfastness and Confrontation Front (جبهة الصمود والتّصدي) — Syria, Algeria,… Read more The post Through the Cracks of Détente: The Superpowers, the Arab “Radicals,” and the Coming of the Second Cold War, 1977–1984 appeared first on ACOR Jordan.
- Dating Mamluk Manuscripts from Levantine Collectionsby ACOR on January 23, 2024 at 12:00 pm
by Sarah Islam For Islamic intellectual and social historians, medieval manuscripts are indispensable primary sources for investigating what ideas and perspectives were being discussed in a given time period and region. Islamic manuscript repositories are often difficult to access and the manuscripts they contain even more difficult to read and assess, requiring the researcher to… Read more The post Dating Mamluk Manuscripts from Levantine Collections appeared first on ACOR Jordan.
- Decoding Late Neolithic Tools and Technology in the Black Desert of Jordanby ACOR on December 8, 2023 at 1:49 pm
by Gary Rollefson In the 1920s pilots flying over the Harrat ash-Sham volcanic fields (also known as the Black Desert) were struck by a landscape that was “rugged and desolate” (Maitland 1927: 198), “like a dead fire — nothing but cold ashes” (Rees 1929: 389), whose “odious flat-topped slag heaps” instilled a “sinister foreboding” and… Read more The post Decoding Late Neolithic Tools and Technology in the Black Desert of Jordan appeared first on ACOR Jordan.
- Places and the Past: The Bidul, the Layathna, and Narratives about Indigeneity in Petraby ACOR on November 5, 2023 at 8:00 am
by Nicolas Seth Reeves The former capital of the ancient Nabataean Empire, the city of Petra serves today as the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s most popular tourist destination. Tourism constitutes the lifeblood of three tribal communities that live in and around Petra Archaeological Park: the Bidul of Umm Sayhoun, the Layathna of Wadi Musa, and… Read more The post Places and the Past: The Bidul, the Layathna, and Narratives about Indigeneity in Petra appeared first on ACOR Jordan.
- Being Introduced to Archaeology in Jordan at Khirbat al-Mukhayyatby ACOR on October 5, 2023 at 8:30 am
by Miya Pletsas I had the opportunity to participate in the Khirbat al-Mukhayyat Archaeological Project in Jordan for my first field school as an undergraduate from Wilfrid Laurier University thanks to a Jennifer C. Groot Memorial Fellowship award from the American Center of Research. I enjoyed working alongside my peers, the local community, and professors,… Read more The post Being Introduced to Archaeology in Jordan at Khirbat al-Mukhayyat appeared first on ACOR Jordan.