Sorry to hear the passing of Dr. Bernard Lewis just a few weeks shy of his 102 birthday. Lewis was the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Lewis’ expertise was in the history of Islam and the interaction between Islam and the West. Here’s a picture I took of him several years ago during a cruise we shared off the west coast of Mexico. Great dinner companion!
His life is perhaps best summed up in the following quote:
Bernard Lewis, the West’s preeminent scholar of Islam, worked for British intelligence through the grimmest hours of the Second World War. ‘In 1940, we knew who we were, we knew who the enemy was, we knew the dangers and the issues,’ he told The Wall Street Journal. ‘In our island, we knew we would prevail, that the Americans would be drawn into the fight. It is different today. We don’t know who we are, we don’t know the issues, and we still do not understand the nature of the enemy.’
Bernard Lewis. Ave Atque Vale!