Appreciating Bernard Lewis’s Unparalleled and Consequential Scholarship

August 1, 2018 | Martin Kramer, Katherine Nouri Hughes, Michael Doran
About the author: Martin Kramer is a historian at Tel Aviv University and the Walter P. Stern fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He served as founding president at Shalem College in Jerusalem. Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and the author of Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East (2016), is a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and a former senior director of the National Security Council. He tweets @doranimated.

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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