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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Benjamin Netanyahu Is a Successful Leader, Not a Magician

Sept. 20 2019

Following the inconclusive results of Tuesday’s election, weeks may elapse before a prime minister is chosen, and there is a chance that Benjamin Netanyahu’s political career isn’t over yet. Perusing the headlines about Netanyahu over the past year, Ruthie Blum notes how many have referred to him as a political “magician,” or some variant thereof. But this cliché misses the point:

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