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

 

Lebanon Drops All Pretense of Independence from Hizballah

Jan. 28 2020

Following the 2018 elections, Lebanon had a pro-Hizballah Christian president, and the Iran-backed terrorist group and its allies held a majority in the parliament and cabinet. Formally, the ruling coalition included both pro-Iranian and pro-Western groups. But the new government, announced last week, is very different. Jonathan Spyer explains:

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More about: Hizballah, Iran, Lebanon, Second Lebanon War