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Bernard Lewis

British-American historian

Bernard Lewis, FBA (31 May 1916 – 19 May 2018) was a British American historian specializing in oriental studies. He was also known as a public intellectual and political commentator. Lewis was the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Lewis' expertise was in the history of Islam and the interaction between Islam and the West. He was also noted in academic circles for his works on the history of the Ottoman Empire.Lewis served as a soldier in the British Army in the Royal Armoured Corps and Intelligence Corps during the Second World War before being seconded to the Foreign Office. After the war, he returned to the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and was appointed to the new chair in Near and Middle Eastern History. In 2007 and 1999, respectively, Lewis was called "the West's leading interpreter of the Middle East" and "the most influential postwar historian of Islam and the Middle East". His advice was frequently sought by neoconservative policymakers, including the Bush administration. However, his support of the Iraq War and neoconservative ideals have since come under scrutiny.Lewis was also notable for his public debates with Edward Said, who accused Lewis and other orientalists of misrepresenting Islam and serving the purposes of imperialist domination, to which Lewis responded by defending Orientalism as a facet of humanism and accusing Said of politicizing the subject. Lewis argued that the deaths of the Armenian Genocide resulted from a struggle between two nationalistic movements and that there is no proof of intent by the Ottoman government to exterminate the Armenian nation. These views prompted a number of scholars to accuse Lewis of genocide denial and resulted in a successful civil lawsuit against him in a French court.
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works

10

From Babel to Dragomans

book by Bernard Lewis

author: Bernard Lewis

2004

Islam and the West

1993 book by Bernard Lewis

author: Bernard Lewis

1993

Race and Slavery in the Middle East

1990 book written by British historian Bernard Lewis about the history of slavery in the Middle East

author: Bernard Lewis

1990

The Arabs in History

book by Bernard Lewis

author: Bernard Lewis

The Assassins: A Radical Sect in Islam

book by Bernard Lewis

author: Bernard Lewis

1967 or 1968 or 1987 or 2002

The Emergence of Modern Turkey

book by Bernard Lewis

author: Bernard Lewis

1961

What Went Wrong?

book by Bernard Lewis

author: Bernard Lewis

2002

The Crisis of Islam

author: Bernard Lewis

The Middle East

author: Bernard Lewis

Semites and Anti-Semites

author: Bernard Lewis

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