All rights reserved. Addressing suicide terrorism, the historian added that "suicide is expressly forbidden by Islamic holy law," noting that the act carried the punishment of "forfeiting heaven and going straight to hell.". Lewis told the board that the United States should support so-called democratic reformers in the Middle East, "such as my friend here, Ahmed Chalabi". - Peter Oborne won best commentary/blogging in 2017 and was named freelancer of the year in 2016 at the Online Media Awards for articles he wrote for Middle East Eye. Moderator, Mr. Dan Diker, Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. In the meantime, as another war looms again in the Middle East, this time with Iran, Lewis's influence and standing remains as high as ever. ... About the Shah of Iran, for example, or Golda Meir. US Secretary of State and former CIA boss Mike Pompeo declared on 20 May: "I owe a great deal of my understanding of the Middle East to his work." Ahmadinejad. New Bernard Lewis plan will carve up the Mideast by Joseph Brewda In 1980, EIR warned that the strategy behind then-U.S. Na­ tional Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski's "Arc of Cri­ sis" was a British plan to destroy the nation-state. Bush was even spotted carrying a marked­up copy o one o Lewis’s articles. known to be a valued interlocutor o Turkish and Jordanian statesmen, Iran’s last shah, Israeli prime ministers, and U.S. President George W. Bush and his team. Site developed by     Copyright © Yedioth Internet. Race and Slavery in the Middle East. It is customary to speak well of the dead. Thread starter Surenas; Start date May 18, 2012; ... Everyone knows Bernard Lewis's inclination, and he serves a purpose for western purposes, big deal, none of this is new at all. I can think of no modern scholar who has perpetrated half as much harm. At Bernard Lewis’s neocon gala, the talk was of war, peace, democracy and Muslims. © Middle East Eye 2020 - all rights reserved. May 19, 2012 Lewis was intellectually a towering figure. Both great scholars struck heavy blows in this debate, but I believe that Said was onto something important when he argued that "Lewis simply cannot deal with the diversity of Muslim, much less human life, because it is closed to him as something foreign, radically different, and other.". It was him, and not Samuel Huntington, who coined the phrase "clash of civilisations". Instead, he became the intellectual high priest for the calamitous wars which have caused such bloodshed across the Middle East, while doing unlimited damage to the standing of the United States. Bernard Lewis, né le 31 mai 1916 à Stoke Newington, un quartier dans Londres et mort le 19 mai 2018 à Voorhees Township au New Jersey1, est un historien de citoyenneté britannique à sa naissance, il a également acquis la nationalité américaine et israélienne. Lewis's mistake over Iraq was just one manifestation of a hideous world view which included a nakedly racist approach to the Middle East. I take this as a good sign: it’s now a blot on your resume to have supported the Iraq war. The partitioning of Iran (Bernard Lewis Project) is seen as an economic necessity (see item 3 below). He was directly involved. He told Vice President Dick Cheney: "I believe that one of the things you've got to do to Arabs is hit them between the eyes with a big stick. M.A.D doesn't work with these people.". But herein lies the irony: the Bernard Lewis plan is also directed against Turkey (see item 9 below) and Arab states such as Iraq. In May 2018, renowned Princeton Professor Bernard Lewis passed away. Author and former Pakistani Ambassador to England, Akbar Ahmed, and Bernard Lewis hold a discussion on the "Islamic World". We have been here before. İran İslam Devrimi’nin oluşturduğu siyasal atmosfer nedeniyle de Müslümanların Avrupa’yı Keşfi ve İslâm’ın Siyasal Söylemi adlı kitapları yayımladı. Within days of the attacks on the World Trade Centre, he was agitating for the downfall of Saddam Hussein, expressing opinions which delighted the neoconservatives pressing for military action in the Middle East. Ce dernier popularisa en 1978 la théorie de « l’arc de crise », théorisée en premier par Bernard Lewis et visant à déstabiliser la Russie et l’Iran, une vision qu’il appliquera ensuite au Caucase dans son livre « Le grand échiquier ». Bernard Lewis, historian of the Middle East, passed away on May 19, just shy of his 102nd birthday. U.S. Vice President Dick Cheneyremarked "in thi… If Islam is at war with the West, then why are the large Islamic states (Egypt, Malaysia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, etc) for the most part Western allies? Not that you would know this from reading today's newspapers. Regime change in Iran was one of Bernard Lewis’s political projects and, inspired by his intellectual hero, Pompeo may be about to have a go at achieving it. ... We do not hear these words applied to the revolution in Iran. It shapes official thinking to this day. Lewis expanded on this view in a series of books and lectures that painted a backwards-looking Muslim world seething with hatred against a modernising and virtuous West. Bernard Lewis (Stoke Newington, Hackney kerület, London, 1916. május 31. Lewis also said his acclaimed book, Semites and anti-Semites, which addresses Arab anti-Semitism, will be published in Arabic in Cairo. At 95, it was time for the man theEncyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing calls the "most influential postwar historian of Islam and the Middle East" to leave Princeton—his home for more than 35 years—for a senior living facility known for attracting retired academics. We have been here before. Hailed in The New York Times Book Review as "the doyen of Middle Eastern studies," Bernard Lewis has been for half a century one of the West's foremost scholars of Islamic history and culture, the author of over two dozen books, most notably The Arabs in History, The Emergence of Modern Turkey, The Political Language of Islam, and The Muslim Discovery of Europe. Turkey could be the next Iran. "Iran is a mortal threat, and one also has to take account of the apocalyptic mood of Ahmadinejad and his circle. If the world is facing a war of civilisations, why do states remain the powerful actors in world affairs? Bernard Lewis. This, was the strategic game plan behind the U. During his lecture, Lewis said Islam was neither a religion of complete peace nor a religion of war symbolized by a horseman riding with a Koran and a sword. The “Bernard Lewis Plan” named after its architect Bernard Lewis, a specialist in ‘oriental studies’, the ‘history of Islam’ and the ‘interaction between Islam and the West’ is well known. His books include The Triumph of the Political Class, The Rise of Political Lying, and Why the West is Wrong about Nuclear Iran. At the heart of Said's attack on Lewis was the assertion that he was less an objective scholar and more a propagandist against Islam and the Arab world. 1990’lı yıllar yine Bernard Lewis’in dur durak bilmeden kitaplarını yayımladığı dönem olarak geçti. Lewis … © Middle East Eye 2020 - all rights reserved. For decades, Bernard Lewis, who has just died, provided the intellectual and moral justification for bigotry and war in the Middle East, Dancing on the dead: The US embassy opens a new era of bloodshed, Do not weep for Bernard Lewis, high priest of war in the Middle East. In the mid-1960s, Lewis emerged as a commentator on the issues of the modern Middle East and his analysis of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the rise of militant Islam brought him publicity and aroused significant controversy. Iran: Haman or Cyrus? "Muslims, like Jews, believe that there are things you can do to hasten the messiah. Yet it is laden with contradictions. They respect power.". He also was British Press Awards Columnist of the Year 2013. Rafi ELITE MEMBER. This view that Islam and the West are embroiled in an existential battle for survival has proved hugely influential on both sides of the Atlantic. To put it mildly, the world's estimated 1.8 billion Muslims do not all think the same. Yet another Zionist Plan for the establishment of greater Israel by dividing Middle East known as “Oded Yinon Plan”, also exists. American historian Joel Beinin has called him "perhaps the most articulate and learned Zionist advocate in the North American Middle East academic community". Lewis thinks the imams in Iran "are religious fanatics with an apocalyptic mindset. – Voorhees Township, New Jersey, 2018. május 19.) Regime change in Iran was one of Bernard Lewis’s political projects and, inspired by his intellectual hero, Pompeo may be about to have a go at achieving it. Bernard Lewis examines the historical roots of the resentments that dominate the Islamic world today and that are increasingly being expressed in acts of terrorism. No one person can or should be blamed for all the death and destruction we are witnessing in the Middle East. . Yet he did - hook line and sinker -  with terrible consequences that the Middle East lives with to this day. Bernard Lewis (Stoke Newington, 31 maggio 1916 – Voorhees, 19 maggio 2018) è stato uno storico e orientalista britannico. Bernard Lewis, who passed away in May 2018, was a renowned British-American historian of Islam and the Middle East. It shapes official thinking to this day. The "Ber­ nard Lewis plan," as it came to be known, was a design to brit-amerikai történész, az orientalisták, Közel-Kelet vagy iszlám/arab szakértők doyenje, legtekintélyesebbike. . Playwrights and actors alike are especially aware of their audiences, both present and future. - The End of Modern History in the Middle East - Bernard Lewis - History of the Middle East - Historical Books - Education materials - Modern History. He resigned as chief political columnist of the Daily Telegraph in 2015. He was one of the West’s leading scholars on Islam and the Middle East. Lewis was also guilty of a disastrous intellectual reductionism. Bernard Lewis’ recommendations, which aim to depict Iran as the biggest threat in the Middle East and mold this into the main security and strategic doctrine of the United States and its allies, have inflicted heavy losses both on the west and the Islamic world. . Believes in triumph of messianic figure, Outdated Cold war concepts, such as mutually assured destruction (M.A.D) are irrelevant when it comes to, 'Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West', See all talkbacks "Bernard Lewis: Iran in apocalyptic mood". January 21, 1988 Issue. Jul 23, 2010 10,838 11 17,502 Country Location. Only England And Wales jurisdiction apply in all legal matters. Addressing a packed hall, Lewis spoke after a screening of the film 'Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West'. Bernard Lewis has just moved to a small apartment in the manicured suburbs on Philadelphia's Main Line. More than 30 years ago Lewis was engaged in a furious series of exchanges with the Palestinian literary critic Edward Said. "Ahmadinejad and his group clearly believe, and I don't doubt the sincerity of their belief, that we are now entering an apocalyptic age, which will result in the triumph of their messianic figure," Lewis said, referring to the twelfth Imam, Mahdi. Chpt. Only England And Wales jurisdiction apply in all legal matters. Speaking and reading twelve languages including Arabic, Turkish and Hebrew, he had a remarkable grasp of Muslim history and politics, and was uniquely insightful and … Biografia. The “Bernard Lewis plan,” as it came to be known, was a design to fracture all the countries in the region, from the Middle East to India, along ethnic, sectarian, and linguistic lines. mutually assured destruction is not a deterrent—it's an inducement." This awareness affects revolutionaries as they write, direct, interpret, and perform their roles in the revolutionary drama. Even before 9/11 he'd pressed for regime change in Iraq, and after the attack he seized his chance. Bernard Lewis, Iran in History. "There is only solution to the Iranian threat, and that can only come from the Iranian people," Lewis said. This is rubbish. This meant he had the ability to do great good. In Islam, as in Christianity and Judaism, there is an end-of-times scenario—and they think it's beginning or has already begun. Lewis was there when the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board held its notorious meeting to consider military action against Iraq at the end of September 2001. The death of Bernard Lewis just short of his 102nd birthday is a great blow to Middle East scholarship. Oxford Univ Press 1994. I refuse to observe this convention in the case of Bernard Lewis, a historian of Islam and the Middle East, who died over the weekend aged 101. "We are facing a mood and a movement far transcending the level of issues and policies and the governments that pursue them," observed Lewis in 1990, adding: "This is no less than a clash of civilisations, the perhaps irrational but surely historic reaction of an ancient rival against our Judeo-Christian heritage, our secular present, and the worldwide expansion of both. Lewis was the moral leader of the small group of intellectuals who argued for the Iraq invasion of 2003. Lewis often wrote as if they did. An outline of the diabolical plan of the Khazars and British to destabilize the Middle East, in order to break it up or Balkanize the region. Islam, like Judaism and Christianity, has an end of time scenario," the scholar said. 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