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Faith and Power: Religion and Politics in the Middle East
Bernard Lewis is recognized around the globe as one of the leading authorities on Islam. Hailed as "the world's foremost Islamic scholar" (Wall Street Journal ), as "a towering figure among experts on the culture and religion of the Muslim world" (Baltimore Sun ), and as "the doyen of Middle Eastern studies" (New York Times ), Lewis is nothing less than a national treasure ...more
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Lewis is one of the most renowned scholars of Islam and the relationship between Muslim nations and the "Western world". He explores the origins and history of Islam and the different conflicts that have arisen between two major contrasting belief systems, Christianity and Islam. Very enlightening read and helpful to gain a balanced perspective. A particularly interesting part was a discussion of where different nations and peoples gain their identity and the dynamics this has on life today. I'm ...more
One of the West's foremost scholars of the Islamic world, Bernard Lewis's "Faith and Power: Religion and Politics in the Middle East// collects a series of essays and speeches, many never before published. While all of the entries fit into the broad category reflected by the title, they cover a range of topics. Some familiar with Lewis's previous excellent works on the relationship between Europe and the Islamic world, may find a few repetitive. A few essays stand out as particularly insightful, ...more
Wonderful insights into contemporary and historical relationships between faiths, empires, and nations in the Middle East and Europe! I was taken by surprise when I found out that this is a collection of essays and talks which makes this book rather disjointed and very repetitive. The repetition was actually ok because one found out what points Lewis wants to stress again and again. But it was a bit weird to have chapters of 2 or 3 pages interspersed with chapters of 20 or 30 pages.
An excellent historical perspective on the current situation in the Middle East. I find Bernard Lewis, in all his books, provides a very balanced and insightful perspective into the Arab Islamic world in a very readable style. Because this book is a collection of essays and lectures there tends to be a lot of redundancy (however with my memory that's not a bad thing as it reinforces his basic tenets and themes). An excellent book that provides the perfect background to the present uprisings in T ...more
Bernard Lewis is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University and the author of many critially acclaimed and bestselling books, including two number one New York Times bestsellers: What Went Wrong? and Crisis of Islam. The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2,000 Years was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Internationally recognized a ...moreMore about Bernard Lewis...