From Babel to Dragomans Interpreting the Middle East Hardcover – 1 Apr 2004
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his style is cool and un-emotive, and when he sets us right it is gently done.....such forthrightness in an academic is refreshing. (George Walden THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
The range, the achievement, is immense. He has the true scholar's ambition of pursuing truth and understanding. (David Pryce-Jones THE SUNDAY TIMES)
Professor Lewis's academic credentials are impeccable...... the collection of essays, articles, reviews, lectures and contributions to encyclopaedias gives a glimpse of his towering scholarship. (Michael Binyon THE TIMES)
Lewis has always combined an immense scope with a flair for the little detail. (James Buchan THE SPECTATOR)
Lewis is a historian who has thought deeply about what he is doing, and he shows how a historical perspective is not only useful for understanding the present clash of civilisations, it is essential..... The Middle East was, and is, the great meeting place of cultures, and Lewis excels in illustrating these points of contact. (Daniel Johnson THE DAILY TELEGRAPH)
the history pieces are nonetheless peppered with insights. (David Gardner THE FINANCIAL TIMES)
Our greatest authority on the world of Islam has followed his recent series of best-selling books with this gathering of fifty-one essays from the past fifty-one years. And an enjoyable, as well as an enlightening, collection it turns out to be. (Hazhir Tiemourian LITERARY REVIEW)
Lewis is always clear and eloquent. (Robert Irwin THE INDPENDENT)
All 51 essays are well-written and well-sourced; some of them are brilliant. (George Rosie THE SUNDAY HERALD)
he writes well and is a pleasure to read. (Oliver Miles THE GUARDIAN) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A collection of the most important essays on past and current history by the Western world's foremost Islamic scholar --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The last section has a fascinating paper showing how originally `Turkey' was a western term: the Ottomans used the word `Turk' only as a word denoting an ignorant peasant (and in the West, too, it frequently carried the connotation of 'barbarian'), but not to identify the nature of their empire or of its ruling ethnic group. Here the Ottomans followed the traditions of Islamic history which never concerned itself with national or ethnic differences.Read more ›
This should be a compulsory read for all British and American (indeed all Western) individuals who aspire to positions of power and wish to serve for the best interests of their people.
The centuries old struggle between Christianity and Islam is once again beginning to gain prominence. The final outcome of this struggle will almost certainly not be known by anyone living today. What is certain is that realistically, the outcome cannot and will not be shaped by any department or state or coalition, whether it is by force or by other means. The task is simply too complex and vast and the state of flux too fluid........One can simply only watch.......
Today's tragedies become tomorrow's myths which provide more ammunition for those who respect and draw strength from history. There is only one clear leader in drawing strength from history.
Bernard Lewis' book unveils this overall mood in a splendid account of the history between these two 'civilisations'. It is much simpler to understand the world today once the book has been read. It helps to smash the Western paradigm which will only then allow you to begin to appreciate how many other people view the world in which we live.
One can only hope that for goodness sake 'let us have respect for all in this world'.
A must, must read book.
In this compendium of essays and speeches on the topic covering the last 60 years, Lewis makes a palpable contribution to the subject and gives us some much needed answers.
Important points explain the Muslim prohibition on accepting the rule of non-Muslims, especially in lands that were ever under Islamic rule. This is illustrated by the Islamic faith's division of the world into the realms of Dar el Islam (House of Islam) and Dar el Harb (House of War) applied to any nation that is not under Islamic rule.
According to Islam, for misbelievers (non Muslims) to rule over true believers (Muslims) is evil and blasphemous and leads to the corruption of religion and morality or even the abrogation of Allah's law.
This may go some way to explaining the conflicts around the world where Muslims are under the governance of non-Muslim majorities such as Indian Kashmir, Serbian Kosovo, Israel and when it had a Christian majority-Lebanon.
It also may explain why Muslims in Western and Central Europe demand a high degree of legal protection which those countries no longer give to Christianity and have never given to Jews. Or even demanding Sharia law in parts of Europe, and for example harassing and attacking non-Islamic women who they see as being dressed immodestly.
Lewis' study of propaganda in the pre-modern Middle East may go some way to explain how Islamic propaganda (under tutelage during the 20th century of Fascism, Nazism and Communism) developed against Israel and Jews.
He studies monarchy in the Middle East pointing out the important point that republics and democracy are not synonymous at all.Read more ›
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the more they remain the same. This old truism is a succinct description of this collection of essays and articles by Bernard Lewis. Read morePublished on 5 April 2011 by Dr. Bojan Tunguz
Excellent condition for excellent price. Transportation is very fast, I received it two days after palcing the order. Totally recommend it.Published on 11 Dec. 2010 by S. B. Gulmez
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