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Faith and Power: Religion and Politics in the Middle East

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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
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 5th 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Feb 06, 2012 Becca rated it really liked it
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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
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May 07, 2010 jordan rated it it was amazing
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
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Mar 25, 2014 Fred Kohn rated it really liked it
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.
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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
May 03, 2012 Colleen rated it liked it
It's a series of lectures and papers that he has given over the years. Interesting and thought-provoking analysis, but it gets a bit repetitive after about half way through.
Dec 26, 2014 Safaa rated it it was ok
Overall, an interesting read. I liked his chapter on the relevance of history (very short).
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Individually each essay is a 4 for informativeness, but as a book the collection is haphazardly put together and there are repetition.
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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 ...more
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