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Mark LeVine is a professor of history at the University of California, Irvine. He is also a musician. He received his B.A. in comparative religion and biblical studies from Hunter College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University's Department of Middle Eastern Studies. He speaks Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, and Persian, as well as Italian, French and German.[1]

LeVine is an accomplished rock guitarist and has played with noted rock and world beat musicians such as Mick Jagger, Chuck D, Michael Franti, and Doctor John. He recorded with Morroccan Hassan Hakmoun and the French Gypsy band Les Yeux Noirs on Ozomatli's album Street Signs which won the Grammy for Best Latin Rock/Alternative album in 2005. [2][3]



  • Overthrowing Geography: Jaffa, Tel Aviv and the Struggle for Palestine; University of California Press (2005)
  • Why They Don't Hate Us: Lifting the Veil on the Axis of Evil; Oneworld Publications (2005)
  • An Impossible Peace: Oslo and the Burdens of History; Zed Books (2007)
  • Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam; Three Rivers Press, New York (2008)

In a review of LeVine's book Why They Don't Hate Us, the London Sunday Times writes, "LeVine is absolutely right and, indeed, quite brave to insist on the reality of complexity. Terrorism and war both tend to simplify world views and, without doubting their intellectual status, so do the utopians of the new right... Perhaps his book’s greatest virtue is that it introduces both the many shades of opinion and cultural complexity of the, largely, Arab world. In addition, LeVine is absolutely right to insist on the importance of culture... LeVine detonates the uneasy but nonetheless profound complacency that seems to have invaded politics." [4]

Co-edited books

  • Twilight of Empire: Responses to Occupation co-edited with Viggo Mortensen and Pilar Perez; Perceval Press (2004)
  • Religion, Social Practices and Contested Hegemonies: Reconstructing the Public Sphere in Muslim Majority Societies co-edited with Armando Salvatore; Palgrave Press (2005)
  • Reapproaching the Border: News Perspectives on the Study of Israel and Palestine co-edited with Sandra Sufian; Rowman and Littlefield (2007)

See also


  1. ^ Huffington Post- Mark Levine: Author Biography
  2. ^ LeVine: A Critical Voice of the New Generation
  3. ^ Mark LeVine: Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University
  4. ^ Times Online- Politics: Why They Don't Hate Us by Mark LeVine

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