By Bernard Lewis
Hailed within the long island instances ebook evaluation as "the doyen of heart japanese studies," Bernard Lewis has been for part a century one of many West's premiere students of Islamic heritage and tradition, the writer of over dozen books, so much significantly The Arabs in History, The Emergence of contemporary Turkey, The Political Language of Islam, and The Muslim Discovery of Europe. Eminent French historian Robert Mantran has written of Lewis's paintings: "How may possibly one withstand being drawn to the books of an writer who opens for you the doorways of an unknown or misunderstood universe, who leads you inside to its innermost domain names: faith, methods of considering, conceptions of energy, culture--an writer who upsets notions too frequently mounted, improper, or partisan."
In Islam and the West, Bernard Lewis brings jointly in a single quantity 11 essays that certainly open doorways to the innermost domain names of Islam. Lewis levels in all places in those essays. He comprises lengthy items, resembling his tablet heritage of the interaction--in warfare and peace, in trade and culture--between Europe and its Islamic pals, and shorter ones, akin to his deft research of the Arabic notice watan and what its linguistic background finds in regards to the creation of the assumption of patriotism from the West. Lewis deals a revealing examine Edward Gibbon's portrait of Muhammad in Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (unlike earlier writers, Gibbon observed the increase of Islam no longer as whatever separate and remoted, nor as a regrettable aberration from the onward march of the church, yet easily as part of human history); he deals a devastating critique of Edward Said's arguable booklet, Orientalism; and he supplies an account of the impediments to translating from vintage Arabic to different languages (the outdated dictionaries, for one, are full of scribal error, misreadings, fake analogies, and etymological deductions that pay little cognizance to the evolution of the language). And he concludes with an astute remark at the Islamic international this day, analyzing revivalism, fundamentalism, the function of the Shi'a, and the bigger query of spiritual co-existence among Muslims, Christians, and Jews.
A matchless consultant to the heritage of center East conflicts this day, Islam and the West offers the professional reflections of an eminent authority on essentially the most fascinating and little understood areas within the world.
"Islam and the West is a well-written and erudite e-book, affording many very important insights at the historical past of cultural interplay among Europe and the center East.--Diplomatic History
"Demonstrate[s] breadth and intensity of scholarship and a capability to speak with either experts and nonspecialists."--Journal of Ecumenical Studies
"A important number of essays and themes for introductory graduate seminars on heart East politics."--Sandra Halperin, collage of Pittsburgh
"Lewis's scholarship is prodigious....He avoids dogmatic positions himself and sees dogma as anything to be analyzed. it's this feeling of nuance, of old atmosphere, of honesty to texts, that informs the essays in Islam and the West."--The ny evaluate of Books
"Lewis speaks with authority, in prose marked through lucidity, beauty, wit and force....A tough e-book that merits a large audience....Lewis writes with nice strength and clarity."--New York Newsday
"Brilliant...weaves a continuing net among prior and current. In number of awesome studying and variety Mr. Lewis takes us, as he on my own between today's historians and interpreters of Islam can, from the early encoutners of Christendom and Islam to today's Islamic dilemmas. To learn Mr. Lewis on Europe's obsession with the Ottoman Turks, the raging conflict among secularism and fundamentalism within the Muslim international, or the trouble of learning different peoples' histories is to be taken via a treacherous terrain via the good and such a lot reassuring of courses. you're within the palms of the Islamic world's most appropriate dwelling historian. Of that world's ordeal he writes with the best care and authority and no small degree of sympathy."--Fouad Ajami, writing within the Wall highway Journal
"Mr. Lewis contrasts the Christian and Islamic civilizations and explains their interplay in warfare and peace, trade and culture....Islam and the West is a primer for higher knowing of the international locations engaged in hot and cold wars that, at once or not directly, are rooted in religion."--The big apple Times
"A major Islamicist, even though occasionally a debatable one, Lewis the following gathers a few eleven essays that search to 'open doorways to the innermost domain names of Islam.' There are lengthy items on Gibbon, Edward Said's Orientalism, the trickiness of translating Arabic, and at the 'shi'a in Islamic history,' between different matters. because the name indicates, the book's major thrust is one the encounter--all too grequently the clash--between Europe and the center East."--Washington Post
"Even whilst one disagrees with Lewis, he's really worth interpreting for the adventure and erudition of his writing, and the fresh lucidity of his style."--San Francisco Chronicle