Appreciating Bernard Lewis’s Unparalleled and Consequential Scholarship

Bernard Lewis, for many decades the doyen of historians of the Middle East, died on May 19, shortly before his one-hundred-second birthday. In a discussion of his legacy, three of his students—the historians and Mosaic contributors Martin Kramer and Michael Doran and the novelist Katherine Nouri Hughes—describe Lewis’s personality, approach to scholarship, and intellectual achievements. (Moderated by Robert Satloff. Video, 92 minutes. A clip of Lewis speaking from 2007 can be found at the 6:32 mark. Transcripts of Kramer’s and Hughes’s remarks can be found at the link below.)

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More about: Bernard Lewis, History & Ideas, Islam, Middle East

 

Despite Reasons for Worry, Jews Shouldn’t Lose Faith in the American Promise

Sept. 24 2021

From synagogue shootings, to attacks on Jews on the streets, to the gathering strength and viciousness of anti-Zionism, especially in the corridors of political power, American Jewry has ample reason for concern about its safety and wellbeing. But, surveying both the present situation and the deep roots of what has made America a welcoming home to Jews with “no analogue in the 2,000 years after the destruction of the Temple,” Josef Joffe argues that the U.S. remains exceptional. The bad news, however, is still bad:

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More about: American exceptionalism, American Jewry, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Chuck Schumer