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Author: Cleveland E Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Bernard Lewis PH D
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Publisher: Orion Publishing Co; UK ed. edition (May 1, 2012)
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Notes on a Century by Cleveland E Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Bernard Lewis PH D

Lewis, who came to Princeton in 1974 with a joint appointment as Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and Long-term Member of the Institute for Advanced Studies, wa. Lewis published his first book, The Origins of Ismailism, in 1940, and his last book, Notes on a Century in 2012.

He lives in Pennsylvania. Buntzie Ellis Churchill served for twenty-three years as the president of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and for a decade hosted the daily radio show World Views. Reading Ottoman Turkish was therefore yet another linguistic learning experience for Lewis. In 1961 he also published a book on Modern Turkey. In that book he referred to the Armenian Massacres. In an interview with Le Monde in 1993 he argued convincingly that the massacres, dreadful though they were, bore no comparison to the Holocaust.

LEWIS, Bernard 1916-PERSONAL: Born May 31, 1916, in London, England; immigrated to United States, 1974, naturalized citizen, 1982; son of Harry (in business) and Jane (a housewife; maiden name, Levy) Lewis; married Ruth Helene Oppenhejm, 1947 (divorced, 1974); children: Melanie, Michael. Education: University of London, . Source for information on Lewis, Bernard 1916-: Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series dictionary. with first-class honors), 1936, P. 1939; University of Paris, diplome des etudes semitiques, 1937.

Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Emeritus, Bernard Lewis celebrates his 100th birthday today. Lewis, who held a joint position in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Institute for Advanced Studies from 1974 until his retirement in 1986, has authored many books on the history of Islam, the relations of the Muslim world with the West, and the Ottoman Empire.

Lewis demonstrates how nineteenth century Europeans mythologized the region as a racial utopia in debating American slavery. Islam, in fact, clearly teaches non-discrimination, but Lewis shows that prejudice often won out over pious sentiments, as he examines how Africans were treated, depicted, and thought of from antiquity to the twentieth century. This book will foster Bernard Lewis's reputation as the doyen of Middle Eastern studies. Mr. Lewis's knowledge of Islamic history, literature, and jurisprudence is so detailed, expansive, and profoundly integrated that it is enough for him to merely refer to a period or an instance to be able to envision the entire context. -The Washington Times. Bernard Lewis is Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University.

Bernard Lewis is one of the world's foremost scholars on Islamic history and the Middle East. He has written a multitude of books, some dealing with more specific aspects of the Muslim world and it's relations with the West. But here history is written in broad strokes, as Lewis covers Arabic history from pre-Islamic Arabia to the present day. If you are not familiar with the subject matter then this book will be an outstanding primer. But even those already knowledgable will appreciate Lewis' articulate and insightful analysis

Bernard Lewis is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University, the author of many books, and is internationally recognized as the greatest historian of the Middle East. Buntzie Ellis Churchill served for twenty-three years as president of the World Affairs Council of Philadephia and for a decade hosted the daily radio show World Views. Kirjaluettelon tiedot. Notes on a Century: Reflections of a Middle East Historian. Bernard Lewis, Buntzie Ellis Churchill.

He is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Lewis' expertise is in the history of Islam and the interaction between Islam and the West, and is especially famous in academic circles for his works on the history of the Ottoman Empire

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'Notes on a Century' is a great historian's vivid and insightful episodic reflections on his life, from his childhood as a confident, clever little boy to his energetic old age in the present day.
Reviews: 7
This is an excellent read about how we got into this mess of the Middle East spoken/written by an acclaimed professor of Arabic Studies. All politicians should read this so they have a better understanding of the actual history of each country in the Middle East and how the Western World played them for their oil, their position in the world and alliances with or against other world powers to be. There is incite from the Shah of Iran. There is incite from when the colonies of N Africa becoming their own countries. There are certain round table discussions of years ago that no one seems to want to know about for today's negotiations, if that is what you call it. There is a history lesson of the Middle East from the centuries back, that no one seems to know or has distorted for their own rants and demands. Bernard Lewis has learned multiple languages so that he can be respected as a person on the "inside". He mentions about the "liberal" attitudes of the liberal college professors that push their agenda on their immature, maybe intelligent, but not so knowledgable impressionable students and we wonder why there are these protests on the campuses today? The author lays the ground work for all that is happening today is what has been cultivated and honed over the last 40 years. Very insightful, full of history that we all need to be enlightened. Reading this book makes me think that some of the behaviors and statements made by our leaders are really showing their ignorance. Certainly the behavior of the students at the universities, like Yale and Princeton and the positions they are standing for, well they need to wake up and stop following some idea because it is popular but to stand up for what is the truth! Extremely well written, interesting and frustrating knowing what we all should know but don't.
Pages full of wisdom of an old scholar. Lavish language, profound insights, brilliant analyses.
a very well written and insightful book into the life of the American's best Middle East Historian and the events which molded his career. Not meant to be a history of the Middle East but rather a collection of the footnotes to history that often illuminate the real stories. Particularly his battles with the EDward Said view of the Middle East were of great interest in that so many centers of learning rely on the political orientation approach of Said, which has been detrimental to the students actually understanding what shapes the Arab world. A drawback is the inclusion of some rather irrelevant materiel, but it all readable and instructive
This book was totally engaging and a thrill to read.

I found the book to be a great insight as to how as a historian approaches the world.

As an academic, I found his analysis of why he did things (learn languages, approach history, revise books) to be very enlightening and helpful to my own personal development. As a student of Turkey, I found his insights into the thinking of the Turks and particularly the late President Ozal to be profound.

Overall, his personal assessments of contemporary world leaders with a historian's eye were intriguing and shall provide much for historians to analyze in the future.

Those looking for a dry analytical text may be disappointed because the book is written in a conversational style, telling of his successes yet not boisterously, but also admitting his faults (such as his failed relationships) with a bit of humor.

The final chapter is priceless regarding how the West fails to understand and be effective in promoting democracy in the Middle East.

I heartily recommend this book.
Notes On A Century is a wonderful record of Prof. Lewis' remarkable life. It includes history on every page along with his personal impressions. Best of all, it is warmly readable. I recommend it HIGHLY.
I first read "History of the Arabs" in 1965, and I've been reading Bernard Lewis ever since. He is THE MAN. There is no other living person who personifies scholarship of the Middle East the same way he does. (Claude Cahen died a few years ago.) The range of his knowledge (from early Islam to the present day) is astounding, as is the range of his linguistic ability (how many scholars know Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, AND Turkish, not to mention most of the European languages?), and the range of his personal acquaintance (the assassin of King Abdullah of Jordan was a former student, Prince Bandar, Cheney, etc.).

If I am able to watch TV at age 95, I'll be happy. Lewis wrote a book. Yes, it's not as elegant (his word for what historical writing should be) as both he and the reader might like, but let that go. He's 95. Some reviewers accuse him of egotism, but when you reach a certain age, you quite naturally have met a lot of people, had a lot of experiences, and have been involved in a lot of events. It's his autobiography. Should he ignore himself? I don't think so. That's why I read the book!

I enjoyed the stories of how and why he accepted certain positions, declined payment for others, etc. A lot of his stories are cautionary: he went to considerable trouble to get a colleague a post at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. The colleague was unaware of Lewis's role. After Lewis's retirement, the same colleague was the one who insisted Lewis give up his office at the Institute. He also tells stories that don't make him look so good: the entrance interview with the girl studying Chinese history (of which Lewis knew nothing), is a good example. He doesn't shy away from making himself look bad, although he does try to explain what he took away from the negative incidents.

He seems to be something of a horn dog, although there is only the odd line or two to catalog the wives and girlfriends. Since he admits that his second divorce affected his writing and career, some more detail would have been welcome.

One glaring omission is how he achieved mastery of Arabic in a relatively short time. Apparently at the same time he was learning Greek as well, for his classes in Byzantine history from Norman Baynes. What was his secret in learning languages? Extraordinary focus? Memory? Repetition? Conversing with natives? Reading? What? Precisely how did he go about it? We all learn differently, but obviously whatever he did was right for him. I'd like to know what it was! Give me some of that.

The other omission is a description of how broad his knowledge is. He talks about being a "historian," which is fine, but what does he know beyond the Middle East (yes, Byzantium and the Balkans, but they are still tied up in the Middle East). What does he know of Medieval England or France? Renaissance? etc. Not a word about any of that. Maybe there's nothing to say? On the other hand, I remember seeing "University Challenge" in the UK a few years ago. All the members of one team were physics and math students…and yet, when a fairly arcane question came up about Byzantine history, they knew the answer. In general, British education is much broader than US, although it's not clear to me how they manage it. Maybe Lewis takes it for granted that "everyone" knows European history, from cavemen through 2013.

Some of the other (nameless here) Amazon reviewers obviously didn't read the book. For example: Buntzie is not a secretary who sat him down to chat at lunch, she is a long-time friend (and lover, we assume). To quarrel with his statement that he did not support the 2003 war in Iraq is to ignore Lewis's own verbatim e-mails (quoted in the book) and believe instead some little-known author's belief in gossip. Lewis's comment on the pronunciation of his first name, Bernard, is something you hear from a lot of Bernards from the UK--there the stress in on the first syllable, not the second (the opposite of what one reviewer here said). It's not egomania, it's a comment on UK-US differences in pronunciation. He has a fair amount to say about UK-US differences in language and culture, as you would expect from someone who spent the first half of his life in the UK and the second half in the US. It's all interesting.

Anyone who has any interest in the academic life or the Middle East will find this a fascinating and memorable book. I probably found 2-3 noteworthy items on every page.