Monday, August 14, 2006

Bernard Lewis as viewed by his supporters and his adversaries

I was writing these days a short article in Arabic about the nature of influence exercised by the academia of the Middle East on US politics. And you just can't escape Bernard Lewis when this topic is brought up. There are lots of articles and references on Lewis, who is definitely a contreversial figure. Let's begin with the basics: some few selected articles by the most representative sources in this debate:

Bernard Lewis as viewd by one of his most supporters and almost his spokesperson, Martin Kramer.

And Bernard Lewis as seen by some of his adversaries:
Shahid Alam, a Professor of Economics at Northeastern University
The late Edward Said, Professor of comparative literature at Columbia University, reviewing "What went wrong?". Edward Said provided some of the most revealing critics towards Lewis' scholarship
Juan Cole, Professor of Modern Middle East in Michigan University, reviewing "What went wrong?". Cole is also president of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America and author of "Informed Comment" a widely awarded blog.


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