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Islam in History: Ideas, People, and Events in the Middle East

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Recent events have made an understanding of the turmoil in the Middle East more important than ever. In these essays, Bernard Lewis, a leading expert on Islam, gives essential background on Middle Eastern conflicts with the West and shows how Islam — from its first expansion to its interpretation by Saddam Hussein and other extremists — has always been inextricably linked ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published November 15th 2001 by Open Court (first published January 1st 1973)
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Erik Ferguson
It's so refreshing to read about a topic like this by a master of serious scholarship.

The work is a bit disconnected -- it's an assortment of essays loosely focused around setting straight misconceptions about Islamic history. And a fair amount of its sometimes dry, microscopic focus is of real interest to specialists only.

However, part VIII ("New Events") -- especially the pieces "Behind the Rushdie Affair" and "The Middle East Crisis in Historical Perspective" -- is so wonderfully insightful a
Jan 07, 2014 Sunny rated it it was amazing
excellent book and some very interesting different points of view on the Islamic empires over the last 1400 years! there is a huge ottoman focus in this book but that may be understandable as that was the caliphate closest to our times therefore more material available. the book talks about lots of different subjects like the salman Rushdie incident, Khomeini in Iran, the economics demise of the ottomans and other reasons for its demise, Muslims in Spain, the relationships with Judaism and Chris ...more
Malik Qaisar Iqbal
A wonderful book, objective and analytical on sources of Islamic History. Author does show a bit of biases in certain parts but overall its neutral.
Mahmoud Taher
طبعا بغض النظر عن يهودية وأمريكية برنارد لويس إلا إن اختلاف هذا الكتاب يتركز فى توقيت كتابته و أقصد قبل أن تتبدل مواقفه و يكون مستشارا لإدارة بوش و قبل أن يكون منظرا لليمين فى أمريكا ولذلك تشعر ببعض الموضوعية فى الطرح والعرض بإستثناءات قليلة تتعرض بما يسمى سوء الفهم لظروف بعض الأحداث فى التاريخ الإسلامى
Mar 03, 2015 sologdin rated it did not like it
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author's basic thesis is that islam is evil and that moslems are barbarians. it's the standard orientalist claptrap.
May 12, 2014 David added it
This book is more about historians than history so I had to skim over large sections of it.
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Bernard Lewis, FBA (born May 31, 1916) is a British-American historian, scholar in Oriental studies, and political commentator. He is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He specializes in the history of Islam and the interaction between Islam and the West, and is especially famous in academic circles for his works on the history of the Ottoman ...more
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