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I recommend it for anyone interested in the cultural roots of the problems in the Middle East.
Lewis is far more compelling when he describes the very different attitudes between the Islam world and the western world regarding secularism.
I don't doubt that Bernard Lewis is deeply knowledgeable on this topic, but the book is not a good piece of writing.
This book helps to understand the western impact in colonized cultures which are the seen today on the nightly news. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Happy in Connecticut
Sampling a broad collection of historical accounts, diplomatic cables, journals and official correspondence, Bernard Lewis illustrates the historical development of Middle Eastern... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John M. Balouziyeh
There are a number of problems with this book but my comment here is focused on Lewis' incredible denial of the Ottoman internal economic institutions and their role in decline. Read morePublished 4 months ago by rs
This interesting book is really two books in one. The first part of this book is a fascinating history of the interaction between the Ottoman Empire and the Christian West. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kurt A. Johnson
A magistral study by a once high priest of the middle-east diplomacy. Well written, and justly famous. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Robert T. Neely
Seek first to understand and then be understood. This is a good introductory book to understand Islam and why the clash between two civilizationsPublished 13 months ago by William O. Ross Jr.
For those of us who are not necessarily well read regarding Middle Eastern history, this is a good book to read. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sunny
This is a very clear discussion of the cultural issues that have hampered the development in the Muslim world. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Henry Oberson