Books by Bernard Lewis

Released: May 14, 2012

"Thoughtful, outspoken words from a sage who has lived his share of history."
One of the first Orientalists in Britain shares his long historical trajectory, from London to the Middle East to Princeton. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2003

"Expanded from Lewis's prizewinning New Yorker commentary following 9/11: an illuminating brief overview of Islam today."
The dean of Islamic studies in America ponders the current state of what is both a religion and a political system, and finds it wanting. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 20, 1999

"A provocative exploration into the Middle Eastern psyche with both cultural and political significance."
An enlightening, if occasionally repetitive, study of the uniquely complex notion of identity in the Middle East. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Still, despite its tantalizing brevity, an elegant book."
In three essays based on lectures, Lewis provides an engaging overview of the cultural and political clash between Christian Europe and the Islamic world from the late 15th to the early 19th centuries. Read full book review >
ISLAM AND THE WEST by Bernard Lewis
Released: May 1, 1993

"A learned, forceful analysis that treats Islam with respect, not condescension."
Eleven superb essays on the culture clash between the Islamic nations of the Middle East and the more secularized West, from distinguished Orientalist Lewis (Near Eastern Studies/Princeton; Semites and Anti-Semites, 1986, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: May 27, 1986

"Nonetheless, a first-rate introduction to the analysis of Arab anti Semitism."
Lewis, a distinguished expert on the Middle East, examines the extent to which anti-Semitism affects the Arab-Israeli conflict. Read full book review >
Released: June 21, 1982

"In form and content, this new book is similarly vulnerable."
A leading Orientalist examines Muslim perceptions of Europe from the Arab conquests through the Napoleonic invasion of Egypt, some 1200 years—and, in the aggregate, condemns Muslims for failing to see and value the West as Westerners do. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1976

"Brief outline of Islamic history, chronology, select bibliography."
This large-format book delivers a mass of illustrations (480: 160 in color, the others photos, drawings, and maps) which are mostly unfamiliar and a delight in themselves. Read full book review >
Released: April 9, 1975

"Unlike E.H. Cart or R.G. Collingwood, Lewis doesn't venture into broad issues of historical theory or epistemology; he stays firmly on the path of common sense illuminated by uncommon knowledge."
Lewis, a member of Princeton's Near Eastern Studies Department and one of the great scholars of Semitic history, demonstrates that the best elementary generalizations about a subject are provided by the most deeply learned. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1973

"Addenda for specialists on the Middle East on questions which rarely come within the general reader's purview."
In this collection of essays, book reviews and occasional pieces, Lewis, eminent British historian and orientalist (his Emergence of Modern Turkey and The Arabs in History are scholarly staples) demonstrates his erudition and linguistic versatility on subjects ranging from the Mongol invasions to Arab-Israeli antagonisms with an emphasis on archaism. Read full book review >