Bernard Lewis

Bernard Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton, also taught at the University of London. While he is interested in the contemporary Middle East, his major research interest is the history of the Ottoman Empire. He earned both his B.A. and Ph.D. (in the history of Islam) from the University of London, and has also studied at the University of Paris. He has written several books, including The Arabs in History, The Political Language of Islam, and Cultures in Conflict.
Bernard Lewis has written about the history of the Middle East and the West for several popular publications. For more information, click here and scroll to "Related Information."

MARS HILL AUDIO Conversation 19

The Crisis of Islam and the Crisis of the West

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After the events of September 11, 2001, many people in the West began pursuing crash courses in understanding Islamic belief and history. As a result, many realized the wisdom of acquiring some historical perspective on what appears to be a clash of civilizations. In this Conversation, Bernard Lewis, a Western historian of the Middle East whose work is recognized around the world, helps provide that essential perspective. 50 minutes. $6.


Volume 59

Guests on Volume 59: Ron Hansen, on how novelists discover the themes of their writing; Bernard Lewis, on the history of Islamic resentment toward the West; Alan Jacobs, on Michael Chabon's Summerland and Cornelia Funke's The Thief Lord; Adrienne Chaplin, on Art and Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts and on the place and responsibility of Christian artists in their communities; Todd Gitlin, on how the torrent of images and sounds overwhelms our lives; and Quentin Schultze, on practical disciplines to live well in the midst of intrusive communications technology.