Professional study of Middle East history now belongs to incompetents and political agitators.
Bernard Lewis and Bialik.
In 1949, Bernard Lewis had to change his travel plans.
To Edward Said, the answer was a thunderous no. Bernard Lewis’s life and career, including his steadfast support of Israel, definitively demonstrate otherwise.
One may wonder why we bother to have Middle East experts at all, since their record is hardly better than that of the Sovietologists. Bernard Lewis is an exception.