Bernard Lewis


Born
in Stoke Newington, The United Kingdom
May 31, 1916

Died
May 19, 2018

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Bernard Lewis was 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 as the greatest historian of the Middle East, he received fifteen honorary doctorates and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

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The Crisis of Islam: Holy W...

3.71 avg rating — 2,610 ratings — published 2003 — 25 editions
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What Went Wrong? The Clash ...

3.48 avg rating — 2,675 ratings — published 2001 — 32 editions
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The Middle East

3.76 avg rating — 1,653 ratings — published 1995 — 26 editions
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The Assassins: A Radical Se...

3.71 avg rating — 969 ratings — published 1967 — 34 editions
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The Arabs in History

3.70 avg rating — 292 ratings — published 1950 — 25 editions
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Islam and the West

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Notes on a Century: Reflect...

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The Muslim Discovery of Europe

3.74 avg rating — 227 ratings — published 1982 — 19 editions
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The Multiple Identities of ...

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The Emergence of Modern Turkey

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“Secularism in the Christian world was an attempt to resolve the long and destructive struggle of church and state. Separation, adopted in the American and French Revolutions and elsewhere after that, was designed to prevent two things: the use of religion by the state to reinforce and extend its authority; and the use of the state power by the clergy to impose their doctrines and rules on others. This is a problem long seen as purely Christian, not relevant to Muslims or for that matter to Jews, for whom a similar problem has arisen in Israel. Looking at the contemporary Middle East, both Muslim and Jewish, one must ask whether this is still true -- or whether Muslims and Jews may perhaps have caught a Christian disease and might therefore consider a Christian remedy.”
Bernard Lewis, What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam & Modernity in the Middle East

“In 1940, we knew who we were, we knew who the enemy was, we knew the dangers and the issues," he told me when I pressed him for a reading of the struggle against Islamic radicalism. "In our island, we knew we would prevail, that the Americans would be drawn into the fight. It is different today. We don't know who we are, we don't know the issues, and we still do not understand the nature of the enemy.”
Bernard Lewis, What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam & Modernity in the Middle East
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“As Osama bin Laden puts it: "In this final phase of the ongoing struggle, the world of the infidels was divided between two superpowers--the United States and the Soviet Union. Now we have defeated and destroyed the more difficult and the more dangerous of the two. Dealing with the pampered and effeminate Americans will be easy.”
Bernard Lewis, Islam and the West
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