Bernard Lewis and Islam

bernard-lewisA saying attributed to Emperor Napoleon while in exile is “What a novel my life has been.” Today, an equally fascinating “novel” could be written based on the life of an intellectual emperor, Bernard Lewis, the world’s greatest scholar of the Middle East, past and present, who has just celebrated his 100th birthday. At this moment when deceit and spin have been prominent features of contemporary political activity, the record of Lewis’s pursuit of the truth and his scrupulous analysis of Middle East affairs is especially commendable, and should be honored.