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Lewis, Bernard 1916-

Works: 380 works in 2,369 publications in 12 languages and 66,907 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Terminology  Biography  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Director, Speaker, Other, Honoree, Publishing director, Author of introduction, Translator, Contributor, Creator, Annotator
Classifications: DS62.4, 956
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What went wrong? : Western impact and Middle Eastern response by Bernard Lewis( Book )
37 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 3,774 libraries worldwide
"For many centuries, the world of Islam was in the forefront of human achievement - the foremost military and economic power in the world, the leader in the arts and sciences of civilization. Christian Europe, a remote land beyond its northwestern frontier, was seen as an outer darkness of barbarism and unbelief from which there was nothing to learn or to fear. And then everything changed, as the previously despised West won victory after victory, first on the battlefield and in the marketplace, then in almost every aspect of public and even private life." "In this volume, Bernard Lewis examines the anguished reaction of the Islamic world as it tried to understand why things had changed, how they had been overtaken, overshadowed, and to an increasing extent dominated by the West. Lewis provides a fascinating portrait of a culture in turmoil. He shows how the Middle East turned its attention to understanding European weaponry and military tactics, commerce and industry, government and diplomacy, education and culture. He describes how some Middle Easterners fastened blame on a series of scapegoats, both external and internal, while others asked, not "who did this to us?" but rather "where did we go wrong?" and, as a natural consequence, "how do we put it right?" Lewis highlights the striking differences between the Western and Middle Eastern cultures from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries with thought-provoking comparisons of such things as Christianity and Islam, music and the arts, the position of women, secularism and the civil society, the clock and the calendar."--Jacket
The crisis of Islam : holy war and unholy terror by Bernard Lewis( Book )
41 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and Vietnamese and held by 3,547 libraries worldwide
"The Crisis of Islam ranges widely through thirteen centuries of history, but in particular it charts the key events of the twentieth century leading up to the violent confrontations of today: the creation of the state of Israel, the Cold War, the Iranian Revolution, the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan, the Gulf War, and the September 11 attacks on the United States." "While hostility toward the West has a long and varied history in the lands of Islam, its current concentration on America is new. So too is the cult of the suicide bomber. Brilliantly disentangling the crosscurrents of Middle Eastern history from the rhetoric of its manipulators, Bernard Lewis helps us understand the reasons for the increasingly dogmatic rejection of modernity by many in the Muslim world in favor of a return to a sacred past. Based on his George Polk Award-winning article for The New Yorker, The Crisis of Islam is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what Usama bin Ladin represents and why his murderous message resonates so widely in the Islamic world."--Jacket
The Middle East : a brief history of the last 2,000 years by Bernard Lewis( Book )
45 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 2,546 libraries worldwide
"In this immensely readable and wide-ranging book the historian Bernard Lewis charts the successive transformations of the Middle East, beginning with the two great empires, the Roman and the Persian, which disputed the region two thousand years ago; the development of monotheism and the growth of Christianity; the astonishingly rapid rise and spread of Islam over a vast area; the waves of invaders from the east and the Mongol hordes of Jengiz Khan; the rise of the Ottoman Turks in Anatolia, the Mamluks in Egypt and the Safavids in Iran; the peak and decline of the great Ottoman state, and the changing balance of power between the Muslim and Christian worlds."
The emergence of modern Turkey by Bernard Lewis( Book )
92 editions published between 1951 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 2,504 libraries worldwide
"The subject of this book is the emergence of a new Turkey from the decline and collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Although there have been many books on the Turkish revolution, this is the first in which the development of modern Turkey is examined in detail over a period of two centuries, and with extensive use of Turkish as well as Western sources. In this new edition, the author has made a number of corrections and additions, and has revised the presentation of several topics to take account of new evidence and new research." -- Back cover
The Muslim discovery of Europe by Bernard Lewis( Book )
86 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,909 libraries worldwide
The Muslim world of the 11th century was a great civilization, a center of art and science stretching from Spain to the Middle East, while Europe lay slumbering in the Dark Ages. The two worlds knew little of one another. Slowly, inevitably, however, Europe and Islam came together through trade and war, crusade and diplomacy. The Muslims began to take note of the Europeans and to write about them, to acquire information on languages, science, government, religion, economics. -- Back cover
Islam and the West by Bernard Lewis( Book )
21 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 1,785 libraries worldwide
In Islam and the West, Bernard Lewis brings together in one volume eleven essays that indeed open doors to the innermost domains of Islam. Lewis ranges far and wide in these essays. He includes long pieces, such as his capsule history of the interaction--in war and peace, in commerce and culture--between Europe and its Islamic neighbors, and shorter ones, such as his deft study of the Arabic word watan and what its linguistic history reveals about the introduction of the idea of patriotism from the West. Lewis offers a revealing look at Edward Gibbon's portrait of Muhammad in Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (unlike previous writers, Gibbon saw the rise of Islam not as something separate and isolated, nor as a regrettable aberration from the onward march of the church, but simply as a part of human history); he offers a devastating critique of Edward Said's controversial book, Orientalism; and he gives an account of the impediments totranslating from classic Arabic to other languages (the old dictionaries, for one, are packed with scribal errors, misreadings, false analogies, and etymological deductions that pay little attention to the evolution of the language). And he concludes with an astute commentary on the Islamic world today, examining revivalism, fundamentalism, the role of the Shi'a, and the larger question of religious co-existence between Muslims, Christians, and Jews. - Publisher
From Babel to dragomans : interpreting the Middle East by Bernard Lewis( Book )
39 editions published between 1953 and 2008 in English and Turkish and held by 1,715 libraries worldwide
"Over the course of his professional career, Bernard Lewis has proven himself as a scholar learned in a number of languages, who has interpreted Islam, the Ottoman Empire, and the modern Middle East for the West. Now, this respected authority has brought together his reflections on Middle Eastern history and foreign affairs written over six decades. The essays include such topics of pan-Arabism, the Mughal and Ottoman empires, the relationship between Western powers and the Middle East, travel in the region, food and feasts, and the problems and practice of writing Middle Eastern history. The pieces cover great events of twentieth-century history, such as the emergence of modern Israel, the Iranian Revolution, and the Gulf War. And they address urgent and compelling topics such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the significance of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. The collection ranges from English originals of articles published before only in foreign languages, to previously unpublished writings, to his highly regarded essays from publications such as Foreign Affairs and The New York Review of Books. With more than fifty pieces in all prefaced by a new, personal memoir by Lewis, this is a valuable collection for everyone interested in the Middle East. Here then is a rich repository of wisdom on one of the key areas of the modern world - a wealth of profound reflections on Middle Eastern history, culture, politics, and current events."--Résumé de l'éditeur
Islam in history : ideas, people, and events in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis( Book )
46 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,694 libraries worldwide
This collection of essays, written by a Western expert in Islamic studies, gives background on present Middle Eastern conflicts with the West. It also reflects on how this religion - from its first expansion to the exploits of Saddam Hussein - has been fatefully involved with the Western world
The Assassins: a radical sect in Islam by Bernard Lewis( Book )
89 editions published between 1967 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 1,645 libraries worldwide
"The Assassins is a comprehensive, readable, and authoritative account of history's first terrorists. An offshoot of the Ismaili Shi'ite sect of Islam, the Assassins were the first group to make systematic use of murder as a political weapon. Established in Iran and Syria in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, they aimed to overthrow the existing Sunni order in Islam and replace it with their own. They terrorized their foes with a series of dramatic murders of Islamic leaders, as well as of some of the Crusaders, who brought their name and fame back to Europe. Professor Lewis traces the history of this radical group, studying its teachings and its influence on Muslim thought. Particularly insightful in light of the rise of the terrorist attacks in the U.S. and in Israel, this account of the Assassins--whose name is now synonymous with politically motivated murderers--places recent events in historical perspective and sheds new light on the fanatic mind."--Back cover
Islam and the Arab world : faith, people, culture by Bernard Lewis( Book )
14 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,502 libraries worldwide
Islam : from the Prophet Muhammad to the capture of Constantinople by Bernard Lewis( Book )
55 editions published between 1974 and 1987 in English and held by 1,445 libraries worldwide
The political language of Islam by Bernard Lewis( Book )
44 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,398 libraries worldwide
Arabic has an entirely different political vocabulary from that shared by most Western languages. The political language of Islam is rooted in Islamic scriptures and classics and shaped by Islamic political experiences. It uses metaphors and symbols that sometimes coincide with and sometimes differ from those of the Western world, and it operates within a frame of reference and allusion often unlike that to which we in the West are accustomed. Here, historian Bernard Lewis traces the growth and development of Islamic political language from the advent of the Prophet and the promulgation of the Qur'an in the seventh century through the transformation of political thought, institutions, and discourse in modern times. Through historical analysis of the formation and transformation of the technical terms used in the literature of statecraft, in the theories of political philosophers, and in the actual conduct of government, he clarifies the perception, discussion, and practice of politics in the Islamic world.--From publisher description
Cultures in conflict : Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the age of discovery by Bernard Lewis( Book )
33 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,338 libraries worldwide
With elegance and erudition, Lewis explores that climactic year of 1492 as a clash of civilizations - a clash not only of the New World and the Old but also of Christendom, Islam, and the Jews. In the same year that Columbus set sail across the Atlantic, he reminds us, the Spanish monarchs captured Granada, the last Muslim stronghold on the peninsula, and also expelled the Jews. Lewis uses these three epochal events to explore the nature of the expansion of Europe, placing the voyages of discovery in a striking new context. He traces Christian Europe's path from primitive backwater on the edges of the vast cosmopolitan Caliphate, through the heightening rivalry of Christianity and Islam, to the triumph of the West, examining the factors behind their changing fortunes. That contest long remained more important in many Christians minds than the New World: as late as 1683, Vienna almost fell to the Ottoman armies. Lewis also reflects on changing qualities in European and Islamic cultures and the place of the Jews in both. The Jews who fled Spain found a receptive environment in Turkey; but the balance of tolerance and openness to innovation steadily shifted west. The voyages of discovery were themselves a part of the Christian-Muslim conflict, he writes, an attempt to outflank the Islamic world. The European explorers sailed into a world they scarcely understood; and yet they imposed their own perceptions of geography on the lands they conquered. Africa, Asia, the Middle and Far East, the Old and New Worlds - as intellectual concepts, all are European creations, Lewis observes; ironically, these same definitions have been accepted by even the most anti-Western activists
The Middle East and the West by Bernard Lewis( Book )
59 editions published between 1963 and 1990 in 4 languages and held by 1,335 libraries worldwide
Semites and anti-Semites : an inquiry into conflict and prejudice by Bernard Lewis( Book )
38 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and French and held by 1,329 libraries worldwide
The Jews of Islam by Bernard Lewis( Book )
50 editions published between 1977 and 2014 in English and Hebrew and held by 1,257 libraries worldwide
Portrays the Judaeo-Islamic tradition - a cultural relationship parallel to the Judaeo-Christian heritage. This book traces its origins in the early Middle Ages, its flowering, and its ending, followed by the incorporation of most of the Jews of Islamic countries into the state of Israel. It examines the relations of Islam and other religions
Istanbul and the civilization of the Ottoman Empire by Bernard Lewis( Book )
24 editions published between 1963 and 1990 in English and held by 1,171 libraries worldwide
Administration, society and intellectual life of the Turkish Empire during the two centuries that followed the capture of Constantinople in 1453
Faith and power : religion and politics in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis( Book )
20 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 629 libraries worldwide
"Bernard Lewis is recognized around the globe as one of the leading authorities on Islam. Hailed as "the world's foremost Islamic scholar" (Wall Street Journal), as "a towering figure among experts on the culture and religion of the Muslim world" (Baltimore Sun), and as "the doyen of Middle Eastern studies" (New York Times), Lewis is nothing less than a national treasure, a trusted voice that politicians, journalists, historians, and the general public have all turned to for insight into the Middle East. Now, Lewis has brought together writings on religion and government in the Middle East, so different than in the Western world. The collection includes previously unpublished writings, English originals of articles published before only in foreign languages, and an introduction to the book by Lewis"--Provided by publisher
Notes on a century : reflections of a Middle East historian by Bernard Lewis( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Presents the life and career of the Middle East specialist, from his professional relationships with world leaders to his accomplishments in world politics, and offers the author's analysis of the political transformation of the region
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Alternative Names
Bernard Lewis britischer Islamwissenschaftler
Bernard Lewis britisk historikar
Bernard Lewis britisk historiker
Bernard Lewis Brits historicus
Bernard Lewis brittisk historiker
Bernard Lewis historien britannique
Bernard Lewis storico e orientalista britannico
Bernard Lewis történész
Bernard Luis
Bonade Luyisi
Lewis, B.
Lewis, B. 1916-
Lewis, Bernard
Lewis, Bernard 1916-
Luis, Bernārd.
Luʼis, Bernard 1916-
Luvīs, Birnārd
Luwīs, Birnārd 1916-
Льюис, Бернард
Льюис, Бернард 1916-
ברנרד לואיס
לואיס, ברנארד
לואיס, ברנרד
לואיס, ברנרד 1916-
برنارد لويس
برنارد لويس، 1916-
برنارد لوئیس تاریخ‌نگار بریتانیایی
برنارد لوییس
بيرنارد لويس
لويس، برنار، 1916-
لويس، برنارد
루이스, 버나드 1916-
버나드 루이스
ルイス, B
ルイス, バ-ナ-ド 1916-
ルイス, バーナード
伯纳德 . 路易斯
English (696)
French (55)
Turkish (41)
German (19)
Chinese (7)
Italian (7)
Arabic (7)
Hebrew (4)
Spanish (4)
Vietnamese (2)
Yiddish (1)
Greek, Modern [1453- ] (1)
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