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Cultures in Conflict: Christians, Muslims & Jews in the Age of Discovery

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Hailed as "the doyen of Middle Eastern studies" in The New York Times Book Review, Bernard Lewis stands at the height of his field. "To read Mr. Lewis," wrote Fouad Ajami in The Wall Street Journal, "is to be taken through a treacherous terrain by the coolest and most reassuring of guides. You are in the hands of the Islamic world's foremost living historian." Now this sur ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published January 19th 1995 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1995)
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Bob Duke
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lewis explains that Christianity and Islam have much in common and perhaps unfortunately so. They both believe that they have a divinely ordained mission to bring their way of belief to the unbeliever. This can be contrasted with Judaism which accepts that unbelievers can also be righteous, a belief that is not acceptable to Christians or Muslims. The west having undergone is ordeal of religious wars eventually had to accept the principal of religious diversity. Islam had religious toleration bu ...more
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Jul 30, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am not fond of Bernard Lewis.
Brian
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While being a succinct summation on the interactions between the three Abrahamic religions in the 15th -18 centuries, and having several noteworthy insights pertaining to cultural interpretations, there are some antiquated elements of historicity and impassioned but erroneous conclusions on the part of the author.
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I found much of this book persuasive and provocative, but I'm also very aware that I know too little to accept the author's conclusions at face value. Claimed but not proven, I would very much appreciate more weigh in from experts.

However, as one piece in a puzzle, I'm glad I read it.
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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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