Mark LeVine is a leader of the new generation of scholars of the modern Middle East and Islam, Globalization, and Popular Culture, and an award winning musician who has performed with many world renown artists.

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Welcome to my website! Here's a little about me: I have spent the last fifteen years living, researching, reporting from and performing in the region, including Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and the Persian Gulf. My research uses sources in Arabic and Hebrew, as well as Turkish and Persian, Italian, French and German. I try to be as inter-disciplinary as possible, combining the latest theoretical and methodological advances in fields such as history, anthropology, sociology, political science, comparative literature and cultural studies with a strong grounding in classical texts and the European intellectual history.

   I have tried to know the history, politics, religions and most important, the peoples of the region as a friend, but with a highly critical eye. I focus on the deep histories of present day problems and conflicts from a global perspective; one that places the Muslim world firmly within the larger interactions between Europe, Africa and Asia during the last half millennium while offering a unique perspective on issues of public concern, from the war on terror and supposed "clash of civilizations" to the explosion of youth-led uprisings and the role of popular culture in the wrenching changes that are occurring across the region today. From the start I have combined my work as a scholar with journalism, transcultural artistic production as a musician, film maker and creative writer, and activism for human rights across the region.

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I received my BA in comparative religion and biblical studies from Hunter College. My MA and Ph.D. were done at New York University's prestigious Department of Middle Eastern Studies, home of the most acclaimed new generation of Middle Eastern scholars in America. There I focused on the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and modern Islamic religious and political thought and movements.
Before being hired at the University of California, Irvine, in 2001, I was a fellow at numerous research institutions, including the International Center for Advanced Studies at NYU, the Stuttgart Seminar in Cultural Studies, in Stuttgart Germany, the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. I currently am a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University, Sweden, where I direct several research projects, including the largest research project ever on human rights in the Arab world, "Research, Advocacy and Public Policy in the Arab World," co-sponsored with the Issam Fares Institute of the American University of Beirut. I am also part of a project directed by Ambassador Mathias Mossberg titled "The Parallel States Project," which explores new options for resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through reimagining notions of sovereignty and citizenship among the two peoples.

Besides my academic, journalistic and consulting activities, I have a long history of blending art, scholarship and activism. As a musician I have recorded, performed and toured all over the world with artists including Mick Jagger, Chuck D, Michael Franti, Dr. John, Ozomatli, Hassan Hakmoun (Morocco), Lazywall (Morocco), Arab/Muslim heavy metal and hiphop artists The Kordz (Lebanon), MC Rai (Tunisia), Ramy Essam (Egypt), Salman Ahmad (Junoon-Pakistan), Cafe Mira (Morocco, Algeria, France), Ghidian Qaymari (Palestine), blues greats Johnny Copeland and Albert Collins, world music artists Sara Alexander and al-Andalus, and numerous R&B and hiphop acts.
   I first entered the national political scene as lead organizer of the "National Summit on Ethics and Meaning" with Tikkun magazine in 1996 and 2000, after which I immeidately began work as culture and music director and political organizer of both of 2000's Shadow Conventions created by Arianna Huffington. These events established a new paradigm for cutting edge progressive activism, bringing together hundreds of leading scholars, politicians, activists and artists from the US and around the world which I define as "culture jamming." I have organized and hosted culture jams in the US, Europe and Middle East that have brought into much-needed dialog an innovative combination of leading artists, intellectuals and activists from Jonathan Kozol to Jello Biafra.

I am presently a weekly columnist for al-Jazeera International, the English-language website of al-Jazeera. My publications have appeared in leading newspapers and journals around the world such as theLos Angeles Times, Le Monde, The Washington Post, and the Christian Science Monitor, Rolling Stone, MTV, and other leading news venues. I appear regularly as a guest commentator on issues related to US foreign policy, the MIddle East and the larger Muslim world, on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Hannity & Colmes, CNN, al-Jazeera International, many NPR and PRI programs as well as Pacifica Radio, KPFK, KPFA, WHYY, KABC, WBAI, The O'Reilly Factor, KCAL 9/Channel 2 News, KCET's "Life and Times," KPCA, the Ian Masters Show, KKLA, Talk of the Nation, Day to Day, the Dennis Prager Show, Charles Perez, and NYC's Channel 11. He has been extensively quoted in the NY Times, the Washington Post, Salon and other leading newspapers and magazines. I was also historical consultant for the Oscar-nominated and double Emmy award-winning Promises documentary and 2008's Global Metal. I am currently filming the documentary for my book Heavy Metal Islam directed by Oscar-nominee and Emmy-winning director Jed Rothstein, in a co-production with Brooklyn's Moxie Firecracker FIlms and the Paris-based production company Bonne-Pioche.

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Major Publications:

An Impossible Peace: Israel/Palestine Since 1989, is published by Zed Books. It offers the first comprehensive historically grounded exploration of the Oslo peace process and why it failed, focusing on the roots of the myriad problems that doomed it going all the way back to the late Ottoman period, while also accounting for such contemporary issues as the rise of Hamas and other socio-religious and militant movements in the two societies, and role of neoliberal globalization in the rise and fall of the Oslo process. Order the book from here.

Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam, My third single-authored book, was published by Three Rivers Press/Random House in July 2008. The book offers a pioneering exploration of the relationiship between heavy metal, hiphop, rock and punk musicians and their more conservative and religious peers across the Muslim world, and how their experiences shed light on the larger dynamics of their societies today, and of such crucial issues as the war on terror and the future of American foreign policy in the Muslim world. An album featuring music from the book, titled Flowers in the Desert, was released by EMI in 2009. Order the book from here.

Why They Don't Hate Us: Lifting the Veil on the Axis of Evil, My second book, was published by the Oxford-based Oneworld Publications, also in 2005. Based on over a decade of research across the Middle East, including post-occupation Iraq, it is the first book-length analysis of the impact of globalization in the Middle East and larger Muslim world, and remains the definitive book on the subject today. It also features a detailed history of and prognosis for the future of the global peace and justice movement in the post-September 11 era, and the role of "culture jamming" in building new and positive identities among people of different cultures in the global era. Order the book from here.

Overthrowing Geography: Jaffa, Tel Aviv and the Struggle for Palestine, my first book, was drawn from the research for my dissertation and published by the University of California Press in 2005. It explores the history of Israeli and Palestinian nationalisms and the conflict between them through the lens of the development, interactions and conflicts between the two movements' cultural and economic capitals, Jaffa and Tel Aviv. At once an urban, architectural, economic, cultural and literary history, the book uses archival sources in Arabic, Hebrew, Ottoman Turkish, German, French and English in order to provide a comprehensive portrait of life in the Jaffa-Tel Aviv region, and through it, in Palestine/Israel, during the last 150 years. Pre-publication reviews: "Excellent... high quality, original and penetrating account of the failed 'peace process'" (Oren Yiftachel, Ben Gurion University); "A lucid analysis of the trajectory of the conflict since the end of the cold war" (Zachary Lockman, NYU); "Challenges the simplistic view of Oslo... A very readable book" (Nubar Hovsepian, Chapman University). Order the book from here.

Twilight of Empire: Responses to Occupation, the first comprehensive analysis of the realities and impact of the US invasion of Iraq, was co-edited with Viggo Mortensen and Pilar Perez, was published by Perceval Press the same year, and features leading scholars and activists from the US and the Muslim world writing about the US occupation of Iraq (including Naomi Klein, Mike Davis, Nadia Yassine, Jerry Quickley, Amir Hussein, Jodie Evans, Amb. Joseph Wilson, and a breathtaking collection of photographs of post-invasion Iraq taken by Linsey Addario. Order the book from here.

    My work with Moroccan Gnawa and world music star Hassan Hakmoun, the French Gypsy band Les Yeux Noirs and Ozomatli on the band's CD,
Street Signs, earned the 2005 Grammy for Best Latin Rock/Alternative album.

   I currently have two other co-edited volumes:
Religion, Social Practices and Contested Hegemonies: Reconstructing the Public Sphere in Muslim Majority Societies, was edited with Armando Salvatore and published by Palgrave Press in 2006. This volume brought together leading scholars of modern and contemporary Islam and of the public sphere in a variety of disciplines, from critical theory to law and included countries as diverse as Morocco, Yemen and Pakistan. Order the book from here.

Reapproaching Borders: New Perspectives on the Study of Israel-Palestine, co-edited with Sandra Sufian and was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2007. The book features over a dozen of the best of the new generation of Israeli, Palestinian and Western scholars working on the country and the history and present dynamics of the two national movements and societies, whose research is expanding the state of the art in Israel and Palestine studies thematically, methodologically, and chronologically. Order the book from here.

Currently in Production:
Struggle and Survival in Israel/Palestine, still in the compilation stage, is a co-edited volume with UC San Diego sociologist Gershon Shafir, to be published by the University of California Press. This volume will add a much-needed human dimension to the study of Israel/Palestine by featuring biographies of individuals from both communities who lived during the late Ottoman, mandate, post-1948, 1967 and 1989 periods. While few of the subjects of the biographies are well known figures, their often fascinating lives epitomize crucial dynamics and processes that impacted the histor of the two peoples and the still zero-sum conflict between them.

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PREPUBLICATION REVIEWS OF Heavy Metal Islam, publication date: July 8, 2008:


New York Times Book Review, July 20, 2008, Editors' Pick!: "LeVine manages to unpack enough cross-cultural incongruities to mount his own mosh pit... [an] informative, valuable and moderately mad book... This conscientious anti-imperialist has written a swell tract in favor of a... Marshall Amps Plan... and his program is undoubtedly the first to enlist death metal as the spearhead of a new Peace Corps."
Los Angeles Times, July 17, 2008: "[LeVine's] material is rich, as he mingles scenes of conflict with surprising moments of understanding... Young men in long hair and black T-shirts are proudly marginalized everywhere, but the stakes are far higher here. The sounds and scenes he finds are a fascinating social phenomenon."
Starred Review, Publishers' Weekly, May 12, 2008: "With a Jolting Arrangement of images and voices, LeVine powerfully upends received notions about the Middle East by exploring one of the area's least known subcultures... Warm and intelligent."
Rocky Mountain News, July 25, 2008: "This is an excellent and entertaining read for metalheads or anyone interested in a different look at Mideast culture... Just as there's more to LeVine than academics, in his new book he argues that there's more to Muslim culture than what Americans consume on the nightly news... LeVine deftly showcases both the struggles and successes of Mideast metal artists."
Kirkus Reviews: May 15, 2008: "Offer[s] a surprising message of hope and solidarity that contrasts sharply with [the music's] reputation.... A solid work of cross-cultural analysis."
Gilbey Clarke, Guns N' Roses: "A fun and important read..."
Library Journal: June 18, 2008: "Highly Recommended... Using music as a prism to observe social relations, [LeVine] expertly describes the political upheaval and social confusion in the Middle East that Westerners ignore or seldom understand."
Paste Magazine: July 2008: "A deeply felt, informed volume that's both hopeful and emotionally honest... [LeVine] does a remarkable job, sketching not only the surprising realities of the musicians, but also providing excellent historical background and terrific detail... Anyone-regardless of musical preference-who wants an eye-level glimpse into the Middle East should pick up Heavy Metal Islam."
Chronical of Higher Education: Check back soon for link to exclusive excerpt from Heavy Meal Islam in the Chronicle, July 2, 2008.

REVIEWS OF Why They Don't Hate Us:
Newest Review of Why They Don't Hate Us, March 22, 2007, on's Terrorism website, "A Wonderful Cacophony... and a vibrant critique of the "clash of civilizations" theory. LeVine redraws the West vs. Islam map that has been so prominently displayed in the last few years.
NEW:Why They Don't Hate Us chosen as "Editors' Pick" for the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World journal. The editors write that "by insisting on the reality of complexity, LeVine powerfully shows the fallacies of the dominant rhetoric and conceptions about Muslim societies" (Autumn 2006 issue).
NEW: LATEST REVIEW OF Why They Don't Hate Us, by the prestigious International Journal of Middle East Studies, the leading journal of the field, writes that the book "combines solid analysis with advocacy... His analysis of the war in Iraq is a must read... The discussion of culture is key to his overall analysis... His style ranges from providing statistical evidence to show how the policies of the World Bank, IMF, and WTO impact the lives of ordinary people to creative story-telling about musicians, preachers, and gay and lesbian dancers in a Beirut night club. The variation in LeVine's narrative show that his iconoclastic book is a product of scholarly research as well as journalistic dispatches from Iraq, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Morocco. Few readers would agree with all of his views, but even fewer could fail to appreciate his edifying and revealing insights." Click here for the complete review, which appears in Vol. 38, #4 (2006).

Read major stories on Mark LeVine in the Press:
NEW: Read Mark's interview in the Orange County Register about the writing and research behind Heavy Metal Islam, July 26, 2008.
Read the interview with Mark and pictures from performances in the Pakistani weekly
In Step, June 3, 2007.

OC Weekly, Nov. 1, 2002 | Orange County Register, April 4, 2003 (inlcudes photo gallery, recordings of Mark's guitar work and video of him performing with world music artists Sara Alexander and Ghidian Qaymari at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate) [ enter "levprof" for the username and password when login requested]

BREAKING NEWS! Mark has joined the blogiverse. Read Mark's blog at the History News Network. Also look for Mark's blogs on The Huffington Post

NEW: Read Mark's in depth interview by editors of the largest religion web-magazine, about Why They Don't Hate Us

NEW: Mark LeVine named "Orange County Innovator in Culture, Ethics and Values" [ Enter "levprof" for the username and password when login requested]

Read the latest review of
Why They Don't Hate Us, Beirut Daily Star, Jan. 18, 2006

FIRST REVIEW OF Why They Don't Hate Us , by Publisher's Weekly: "Sprawling... engaging... and valuable to anyone wishing to hear a different perception on the complication relationship between the US and the Islamic World."
SECOND REVIEW, by the London Sunday Times, says that the book "should be celebrated. First, 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."
THIRD REVIEW, by The Economist, says that "What LeVine writes about is worth reading... [he] supports his thesis with such a wealth of statistical detail that even the most gung-ho advocates of IMF and World Bank programmes must pause for thought."

More reviews:
"LeVine is an intellectual giant. The most important book I've read in a long time."
Jon Elliott, Air America Radio
"A Remarkable book."
Jim Bohannon, Jim Bohannon Show, Westwood One Radio
"Remarkable... a riveting discussion, incredible depth of knowledge... complicated and evocative [yet] sure to be enjoyed."
National Public Radio
"The best description I've seen yet of the situation about the riots in France and beyond." Dave Ross, KIRO 710 radio, Seattle
"An important book and sure to be provocative."
ABC Radio
"A great book, and important to read to gain the necessary understanding of what's going on in the Middle East"
Sam Seder, Majority Report, Air America Radio
"An absolutely important book."
Mike Levine, Expert Witness Radio

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NEW:Listen to Mark's interview about Iran with Marco Werman of PRI's "The World," NPR, June 23, 2009.
NEW:Watch Mark's interview with Riz Khan on al-Jazeera English, discussing the conflict over Israeli settlements, May 29, 2009.
Listen to and read Mark's interview about
Heavy Metal Islam on NPR's Talk of the Nation.
Read the profile on Mark and his experiences writing
Heavy Metal Islam in the Orange County Register.
Listen to Mark's interview about
Heavy Metal Islam with KPBS San Diego's Tom Fudge.
Listen to Mark's interview with KPFK/Pacifica Radio host Jon Wiener ("Beneath the Surface") about
HMI and the current situation in the Middle East.
Listento Mark's brand new radio documentary, "Heavy Metal Islam" for Pacifica Radio, now available as a podcast.
Includes Music from the best metal, rock and rap artists from Morocco to Pakistan discussed in the forthcoming book and included in the soon-to-be-released EMI album, "Like Flowers in the Desert"
Watch Mark's interview with Connie Martinson "Talks Books"
COMING SOON:Video and audio podcasts of Mark's appearances on Canadian television and radio from his recent booktore
Watch CNN's special on Mark's trip to Istanbul and performance at the 2007 Barisa Rock for Peace Festival, October 8, 2007.
Watch the CNN Turk version of the Barisa Rock for Peace concert story, with additional live footage and interviews
Watch Mark on al-Jazeera International's "The Listening Post" discussing Iranian President Ahmadinejad's visit to New York, September 28, 2007.
Watch Mark performing with Hassan Hakmoun from the concert film "A Night of Ferocious Joy".
Listen to Mark's performance and arranging of Ozomatli's Grammy Award winning song, "Believe," featuring Hassan Hakmoun and the French Jewish Gypsy band Les Yeux Noirs
Watch Mark performing at the Barisa Rock for Peace Festival, August 24, 2007, with the Iranian melodic death metal supergroup Farzad Golpayegani on You Tube (better footage from CNN coverage of Mark's trip to Istanbul coming soon).
See Photosof Mark at Barisa Rock for Peace, and pix from Dubai Desert Rock, on Flickr.
See photosof Mark at Barisa Rock for Peace on Facebook.
Watch Mark on al-Jazeera International's "The Listening Post" discussing world media coverage of Iran, August 31, 2007.
Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of Mark's interview with Faraz Khan, host of the Pakistani video channel The Music's "Rock On," recorded in Dubai during the Desert Rock Festival, Other video of Mark's interivews on Pakistani television, including MTV Pakistan, the Talat Hussain show on ARY, and Indus Television coming soon
Coming Soon: Video of Mark's January 1, 2007 appearance on Hannity and Colmes discussing Saddam's execution.
Watch and read the transcript of Mark's November 24, 2006 Appearance on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer discussing the latest developments in Iraq.
Listen to Mark's discussion of globalization in the Middle East and why it's not working on NPR's "On Point," August, 22, 2006
Check back soon for video of Mark's appearance on CNN's "In the Money" on August 17, 2006
Watch the video of Mark being interviewed at the PEN International Conference in Copenhagen, September 8, 2006, Copenhagen.
Listen to Mark's discussion of the media spin of the Israel-Hezbollah war on NPR's "On the Media," August 16, 2006
Listen to Mark's interview with KPFA Hard Knock Radio host Davey D, as they discuss their trip to Beirut together last fall
Watch excerpts of Mark's debate with David Horowitz on Hannity and Colmes, Aug. 1, 2006 (full interview to be uploaded soon)
Watch the video of Mark's appearance on Fox News The Big Story, transcript of Mark's appearance on The Big Story, Nov. 10, 2005, about the riots in France
Read the transcript of Mark's appearance on Hannity and Colmes, Nov. 6, 2005 on the riots in France
View pix of Mark's recording and performance with some of the leading Arab/Muslim rock, metal and hiphop artists, from Morocco to Pakistan in Beirut, October 2005
Watch the video and read the transcript of Mark's October 12, 2005 interview with Ray Suarez on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer.
Listen to Mark's September 28 interview on San Francisco's NPR station, KALW about
Why They Don't Hate Us
Listen to Mark's August 5 interview with Rikki Klieman on KFI 640AM Los Angeles about
Why They Don't Hate Us and the latest about the terrorist bombings in London and the situation in Iraq

Listen to Mark's discussion of the Iraqi elections on NPR, Feb. 11
Listen to Mark's discussion of the certification of the Iraqi election results on Air Talk with Larry Mantle, Feb. 17.
Read the transcript and watch the video of Mark's November 19, 2004 interview with Ray Suarez on the
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
Read the transcript and watch the video of Mark's September 30, 2004 interview with Ray Suarez on the
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
Read the transcript and hear the real audio of Mark's August 5, 2004 interview with Margaret Warner on the
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
See the video of Mark's August 5, 2004
NewsHour appearance here, on RealVideo.
See the video of Mark's appearance on the
O'Reilly Factor, on RealVideo.

Read transcripts of Mark LeVine reporting from and on Iraq during the first anniversary of the invasion for Democracy Now and National Public Radio
Listen to Mark on NPR/WBEZ on April 5, 2004 | audio recording of Mark reporting from Baghdad on March 19, 2004 for Democracy Now

Transcript of Mark reporting from Baghdad on March 19, 2004 for Democracy Now

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Articles available online:

Articles on the Arab Uprisings of 2010-2011

Breathless in Egypt, al-Jazeera International, May 10, 2011.
Mirage and Reality in the Arab Spring, al-Jazeera International, April 22, 2011.
The Shifting Zeitgeist of the Arab Spring, al-Jazeera International, April 11, 2011.
The West's Double Standards in the Middle East, al-Jazeera International, March 28, 2011.
Ramy Essam Taps into People Power, Rolling Stone Middle East, May 1, 2011.
Zenga Zenga, Mr. Obama, with Reza Aslan, al-Jazeera English, March 30, 2011.
Full House: Playing Bahrain's Sectarian Card, March 17, 2011.
In the Arab Revolutions, the Musicians Are Taking Incredible Risks,, March 3, 2011.
History's Shifting Sands, al-Jazeera International, February 26, 2011.
Here We Go Again: Egypt to Bahrain, al-Jazeera International, February 18, 2011.
2 Days in Tahrir, Huffington Post, February 16, 2011.
28 Hours in Tahrir, al-Jazeera International, February 11, 2011.
President Obama, Come to Tahrir!, al-Jazeera International, February 9, 2011.
The Shaping of a New World Order, al-Jazeera International, February 6, 2011.
President Obama, Say the D-Word!, al-Jazeera International, January 28, 2011.
Interview with Hossam El Hamalawy, al-Jazeera International, January 27, 2011.
Tunisia: How the US Got it Wrong, al-Jazeera International, January 16, 2011.
Is Peace too Much to Ask for in 2011?, al-Jazeera International, January 12, 2011.

Weekly Columns for al-Jazeera and other Publications

Please note, I don't always update my website regularly, for my latest columns please check my al-Jazeera page here.
Parallel States: A New Vision for Peace, al-Jazeera International, May 28, 2011.
Obama: Courage to Kill, but Not to Lead, al-Jazeera International, May 16, 2011.
The Death of Osama and the Retrun to Realityal-Jazeera International, May 2, 2011.
Mid East Battle of the Sociologists, al-Jazeera International, March 11, 2011.
It Only Takes One Bad Apple, al-Jazeera International, December 29, 2010.
Capital's War against WikiLeaks, al-Jazeera International, December 29, 2010.
WikiLeaks: Call of Duty, al-Jazeera International, December 9, 2010.
Obama Getting 'Poned' Bibi Style, al-Jazeera International, November 25, 2010.
Nowhere Left to Run, al-Jazeera International, November 16, 2010.
No More Rage Against the Machine, al-Jazeera International International, November 8, 2010.
US and Israel: Blinded by the Right, al-Jazeera International, October 24, 2010.
Sonic Peacemakers Go Where the Rest of Us Fear to Tread, Huffington Post, October 6, 2010.
Sounds of Peace in a Troubled Land, al-Jazeera International, September 29, 2010.
Obama Edges to the Dark Side, al-Jazeera International, September 20, 2010.
Meanwhile Over in Ghana, al-Jazeera International, September 13, 2010.
Reconfiguring Tradition in Ghana, al-Jazeera International, September 9, 2010.
Where Does Iraq's Fate Lie?, al-Jazeera International, September 1, 2010.
The Real War on Terror Must Begin, al-Jazeera International, August 20, 2010.
Tony Judt, an Intellectual Hero, al-Jazeera International, August 14, 2010.
Nowhere Left to Run, al-Jazeera International, November 16, 2010.
From Globalization to Migration, July 28, 2010.
Beyond Hypocrisy, al-Jazeera International, July 6, 2010.
The Meaning of Strangulation, al-Jazeera International, June 17, 2010.
The Cautionary Tale of Helen Thomas, al-Jazeera International, June 9, 2010.
Israel 's 'Friends' Also to Blame, al-Jazeera International, June 1, 2010.
The Terrors of Occupation, al-Jazeera International, May 31, 2010.
Obama and the Curse of Moderation, al-Jazeera International, May 19, 2010.
' Stupid' Law or 'Soul' of the US?, al-Jazeera International, May 9, 2010.
The World is Not Flat, al-Jazeera International, April 22, 2010.
Hypocrisy and the End of Empire, al-Jazeera International, April 14, 2010.
The Solution for Israelis and Palestinians: A Parallel State Structure, Christian Science Monitor, April 8, 2010.
The Evolution will be ooVood, Huffington Post, March 11, 2010.
Unfairly Throwing the Book at the 'Irvine 11', LA Times, February 22, 2010.
No 'Hope for Haiti' Without Justice, al-Jazeera International, January 19, 2010.
The $30bn Pair of Underpants, al-Jazeera International, January 4, 2010.
The End of American Exceptionalism, al-Jazeera International, December 19, 2009.
In Fear of Eurabia, al-Jazeera International, December 3, 2009.
What Goldstone Says About the US, al-Jazeera International, November 12, 2009.
University Blasts in Pakistan and the Future of Islam, Christian Science Monitor, October 23, 2009.
NObel Committee Bets 'Obama Can', al-Jazeera International, October 10, 2009.
Framing Tel Aviv, al-Jazeera International, September 13, 2009.
Jerusalem's myriad divisions, al-Jazeera International, August 27, 2009.
US Shifting Stance on Settlements, al-Jazeera International, August 27, 2009.
Bush's Torture Legacy Haunts US, al-Jazeera International, August 8, 2009.
Obama 's Strategies Failing in Iran, al-Jazeera International, June 29, 2009.
Read Mark's dispatches from some of Iran's best musicians about the Iranian election protests at the Huffington Post, with music and video as well, June, 2009.
Iran on the Brink?, al-Jazeera International, June 17, 2009.
An Insane and Most Modern Form of Revolt, Social Science Research Council, June 16, 2009.
Business as Usual in the Middle East?, al-Jazeera International, May 5, 2009.
Gaza is Not Warsaw, al-Jazeera International, February 2, 2009.
Muslim Metal: Reporting from Cairo, The New Humanist magazine (UK), February 2009.
Obama's Mideast Challenge, al-Jazeera International, January 28, 2009.
Can Obama Heal the Rifts?, al-Jazeera International, January 22, 2009.
Who Will Save the Palestinians, al-Jazeera International, January 20, 2009.
Who Will Save Israel from Itself?, al-Jazeera International, January 13, 2009.
Led Zeppelin Needs to Come Back in Black, Red Pepper Magazine (UK), January 2009.
To Succeed Where Clinton and Bush Failed, Obama Needs a History Lesson, LA Progressive, January 2, 2009.
Obama will have to go where no other president has dared, The National (UAE), November 11, 2008.
Guilty of Befriending Muslims, Tikkun magazine, October 30, 2008.
Interview with Religion Dispatches magazine, September 29, 2008.
Arabia's Metal Scene, The National (UAE), September 28, 2008.
Palestinian Play a Wild Card, Asia Times, September 5, 2008.
Islamism and Heavy Metal, Washington Post, PostGlobal, August 3, 2008.
Motley Crue: It's Time to Really Make Rock History!, Huffington Post, August 2, 2008.
Obama and the Taliban, Asia Times, July 30, 2008.
First al-Bashir, Next... Bush?, al-Jazeera International, July 16, 2008.
Read Mark's discussion of the music that influnced his writing of
Heavy Metal Islam, Largehearted Boy, July 15, 2008.
Obama's Other Muslim Problem, al-Jazeera International, June 23, 2008.
Israel Won the Wars, Lost the Peace, al-Jazeera International, May 15, 2008
Silencing the Drums of War, al-Jazeera International, March 18, 2008
The Tragedy of Israel and Palestine,, al-Jazeera International, March 9, 2008
ReadMark's interview with the Vancouver-based
Georgia Straight newspaper about his new book, Heavy Metal Islam, February 21, 20008
Tracing Gaza's Chaos to 1948, al-Jazeera International, February 17, 2008
Led Zeppelin, A Force for Peace, with Salman Ahmed of Junoon, Boston Globe, December 8, 2007
Led Zeppelin: Crossing Cultures, with Salman Ahmed of Junoon, al-Jazeera International, December 6, 2007
Blowback, Pakistan-Style, al-Jazeera International, October, 24, 2007
Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week Ignores the Real Enemy, New University, Ocotober 22, 2007
Myanmar's Monks' Message to Muslim Extremists, October 11, 2007
Ahmadinejad's Message to the World, al-Jazeera, October 3, 2007
NEW:No, It's the Dog that Wags the Tail (Review of
The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt). Asia Times, September 8, 2007
Conclusion of
Why They Don't Hate Us now available online
Moderation Rocks in Pakistan, Boston Globe, April 8, 2007
Rocking to the Sound of Guns (and Roses), Asia Times, March 22, 2007
The Price of Hypocrisy: Rice Sells out Egypt... Again, Asia Times, January 25, 2007
Bush's New Plan for Iraq, Huffington Post, January 11, 2007
Playing With Death in Lebanon, Asia Times, November 28, 2006
Who Forms the 'New We'? A Response to Tariq Ramadan, Re-Public, October, 2006
The Trouble with Borat, Huffington Post, November 3, 2006
What Does 600,000 Iraqi Deaths Make George Bush? Or Us?, Huffington Post, October 12, 2006

Note: From March through July, 2006, I was on research leave in Europe and the Middle East and so was not writing much for the American/English language press.

The New Creative Destruction, Asia Times, August 22, 2006
Why Globalization Isn't Working, Boston Globe, August 17, 2006
101 Uses of Chaos, Tom Dispatch, August 8, 2006
Hamas and Hezbollah: The Religion Fallacy, Beliefnet, July 18, 2006

A Cartoonish Disdain for Discourse, Orange County Register, March 9, 2006
America's Most "Dangerous" Professors, Mother Jones, March 6, 2006
It's Good to Be Dangerous Again, OC Weekly, March 2, 2006
The Wages of Chaos, February 28, 2006 | Why Muslims Are Fighting Muslims in Iraq,, February 23, 2006
Heavy Metal Muslim, OC Weekly, February 9, 2006
Cartoongate and the Long Road to Civilization, February 4, 2006
Cartoongate and the Clash of Civilizations Mother Jones, February 7, 2006
The Birth of "Hamastan"?,, Jan. 27, 2006
Can the Palestinian Elections Succeed? Only if Hamas Wins, Mother Jones, Jan. 25, 2006
A Truce, Yes, But Not with bin Laden, Boston Globe, Jan. 26, 2006
The Last of the New Jews,, Jan. 6, 2006
The End of the Sharon Era, Time for a New Beginning? Informed Comment, Jan. 6, 2006
Democracy, and All That Talk Asia Times, Jan. 3, 2006
A True "Mission Accomplished" in 2006, Mother Jones, Dec. 15, 2005
Christian Peacemakers and the Failure of the Left, Mother Jones, Dec. 7, 2005
Waist Deep in Big Oil The Nation, Dec. 12, 2005
Syriana and Iraq, Mother Jones, Dec. 1, 2005
Gandhi, King and the Elastic Sheik, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 9, 2005

Interview with Mark LeVine on "Music Mending Differences" and on being named "Orange County Innovator in Culture, Ethics and Values" [ Enter "levprof" for the username and password when login requested]

Islam Needs Radicals (And So Do We) | Sex, Shopping and the Death of a Regime
Assimilate or Die! | Assimilate or Die! (original version together with New Yorker editor Fran̤oise Mouly's "Semantic Attacks")
Why Some of 'Them' Hate Some of 'Us'
Why Paris is Burning | Playing the Chaos Card in the Middle East
Shaikh al-Dhari's Disastrous Gamble, and Ours
Read Mark's account of how Mircrosoft Word's "Track Changes" reveal Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as the man behind the Hariri assassination
Iraq's Oslo Moment
Read Mark's blog on his discussions and performances in Beirut (10/05) with some of the leading rock, metal and hiphop artists in the Muslim world
America, Welcome to the Global Era | The Iraqi Constitution: And the Winner is... The United States? | We Should Have All Gotten Our Asses to Iraq
Echoes of Oslo: Iraq's New Constitution | Good Muslim, Bad Muslim, Moderate Muslim?
Why Withdrawal
Is Possible | The London Bombings: Globalization's Revenge?
When Your Enemy is Your Best Hope | Life Before Wartime--An Iraqi Filmaker Stuck Between US Marines and Iraqi Insurgents
An Open Letter to John Yoo | Carrots and Sticks in Post-Election Iraq
If Only Iraqis Vote Their Conscience | Gandhi, King and the Elastic Sheik | Will Elections Make a Difference in Iraq?
Decoding the Palestinian Elections | Torture and Human Rights: A Roundtable Discussion
Why is This Man Banned? (archive copy) | An open letter in response to Robert Spencer's article: "Mark Levine: Noam Chomsky as Rock Star"
Iraq's Lose-Lose Scenario | The Death of Arafat and the Myth of New Beginnings
Four Solutions for Falluja? | We're All Israelis Now--Redux
To Be Muslim, Western, and Modern. An interview with Tariq Ramadan

Towards a Truce with the Muslim World. Also published on/in Znet, Mother Jones, and the History News Network
Towards a Truce with the Muslim World. Updated, longer version appearing in the Beirut Daily Star
The World Sells Out Iraq | War Crimes Have Doomed the Occupation
Who's Chaos is it Anyway?
(longer analysis, published on, reprinted on znet,,,, and other leading web news sources around the world)
Cash for Chaos: Mark LeVine's Spring Break in Falluja
Seeing Iraq through the globalization lens | Chaos Theory in Iraq
The Chaos Theory in Action (a slightly different version of
Chaos Theory in Iraq)

America: Shared Enemy. How Sunni and Shi'i Iraqis experienced the first year of occupation
Failed by their Elders
(on Muslim-Jewish tensions on college campuses)[
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Transcript of June 6/18/04 appearance by Mark LeVine on Fox News's "The O'Reilly Factor"
The Shiites Plan for Iraq, featured on ABC News Primetime
The Trial of Saddam Hussein
The Peace Movement Plans for the Future
Globalization in the Middle East and North Africa: Conflicting Narratives of Growth, Inequality and Integration
The Shiite Factor: How Will Iraq's Persecuted Majority Behave When the Saddam Era is Over?
How the Peace Movement Blew It | The Death of Rachel Corrie
'Bush Wins': The Left's Nightmare Scenario
The Danger of Google History in a Time of War, or Why I was Called a Liar on National Radio
What Our Children Are NOT Learning About Iraq at School
Where Are the Moderate Islamists? |Peacemaking in Irvine?
Bring the Turtles to Ramallah | We Are All Israelis Now
10 Things to Know About Terrorism | Waiting for Islam in the Global Era
The Arab Human Development Report: A Critique
Muslim Cultural Responses to Globalization (pdf doc)
Why Europe Can and Must Take the Lead for Peace
Why 'They' Don't Hate 'Us' | Melting the Matrix

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