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Interview with Bernard Lewis


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I have several Bernard Lewis books in my library. Very accessible history. Very concise writing. He has been very prescient about many things over the years.

In that respect, this paragraph from the article you linked is rather disturbing:

"During the Cold War, both the Soviet Union and the United States had nuclear weapons but both knew that the other was very unlikely to use them. Because of what was known at the time as MAD
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In my judgment, Bernard Lewis is, and has been for many years, the greatest living Islamicist.

In many ways, he's rather appalling: He seems to have read everything, in every language, and has now published at least one book (and typically several important ones) in each of the last eight (!) decades. And he actually didn't miss a ninth decade by very far.

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