From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East by Bernard Lewis

By Bernard Lewis

Here, the revered student Bernard Lewis has introduced jointly his reflections on center jap heritage & international affairs written over six many years. the gathering levels from English originals of articles released sooner than basically in overseas languages, to formerly unpublished writings to his extremely popular essays from courses corresponding to international Affairs & the recent York overview of Books. With greater than 50 items in all, prefaced by means of a brand new, own memoir via Lewis, this quantity features a wealth of profound reflections on center jap background, tradition, politics, & present occasions. impressive succinct . . . A concise research of the Muslim global s responses to the West & of its personal lengthy, unhappy decline. The worlds preferable Islamic scholar.


"Lewis has lengthy been thought of the West's prime interpreter of Mideast tradition and background, and this assortment merely solidifies his recognition. His writing is erudite yet now not dry; he venerates the evidence of historical past whereas closing totally alive to their echoes and implications within the present."--National Review

"Historian Lewis has been probably the most prolific glossy writers at the center East and Islam. all through his lengthy profession, he has made the various intricacies of heart japanese historical past and Islamic civilization available to a vast viewers of knowledgeable readers and lecturers within the West. during this most up-to-date ebook, Lewis bargains a landscape of greater than 50 formerly released writings spanning greater than 4 many years of educational lifestyles. Chapters during this quantity come from scholarly guides, lectures, renowned guides, and newspaper columns. The smorgasbord of issues lined contains medieval Islamic background, ecu encounters with the folk of the center East, Pan-Arabism, Islam and the West, Ottoman heritage, and the modern advancements within the heart East and Muslim-Western relations."--Library Journal

"For greater than 4 many years, Lewis has been some of the most revered students and prolific writers at the background and politics of the center East. during this compilation of greater than 50 magazine articles and essays, he screens the entire diversity of his eloquence, wisdom, and perception concerning this pivotal and risky region.... For either students and layreaders, the writings of Lewis stay essential."--Booklist

"As this selection of writings and speeches from the final forty years demonstrates once more, Lewis is likely one of the world's so much erudite pupil of the center East. The items conceal nearly all elements of the region--from medieval Turkish heritage to the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian clash, and every little thing in among. meals for inspiration abounds.... displays the taking into consideration a profound mind."--Publishers Weekly

"The press of worldwide occasions has reworked Bernard Lewis into the main public type of highbrow, good into the emeritus part of his scholarly profession. His 2002 learn, What Went Wrong?, shed a lot welcome, if debatable, gentle at the divergent classes of Islamic and Western civilization at a second while the query couldn't be extra pressing. Now in a brand new selection of essays, From Babel to Dragomans, Lewis teases out the results of his previous argument in quite a lot of settings, from conventional center jap feasts and rituals to the anti-Western propaganda campaigns of al Qaeda."--Chris Lehmann, The Washington Post

"At his most sensible, Lewis will be witty, playful, and polymathically erudite.... a superb piece on 'Middle East Feasts,' released in those pages, supplies him complete chance to teach off his mind-blowing linguistic range."--New York assessment of Books

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One is that familiar fruit, the orange: in English “orange,” from French orange, from Spanish naranja, from Arabic naranj, from Persian narang, which is of course related to the Hebrew etrog, from the *Useful surveys of various aspects of the subject, with bibliographical details, will be found in two major works of reference, the Encyclopedia Iranica and the Encyclopedia of Islam. In the first, reference may be made to the articles on “Cooking,” “Fisheries and fishing,” “Fruit,” etc. The Encyclopedia of Islam is published in English and French, but the articles are, for the most part, listed under their Arabic names.

Many Central Asians know Russian, very few Russians, even in Central Asia, knew the languages of Central Asia. From Babel to Dragomans 23 In a third sense of master, meaning teacher, the learner sees some earlier civilisation, some other culture as having classical status. The Greeks and the Romans provide us with examples of both. The Romans learned Greek because Greek was their classical language, the language of science and philosophy and the highest literature known to them. The Greeks eventually learned Latin be­ cause the Romans conquered and ruled Greece.

I am using the word ‘master’ in three different senses: a slave learns the language of his master, that is his owner, needing it in order to do his job, to receive his orders, to survive. The owner does not learn the language of the slave. The same is true of the master in the sense of ruler: the subject needs to learn the language of his ruler. In British India, Indians learned English; very few Englishmen learned the languages of India and when they did, for the most part they didn’t learn them very well.

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