Wednesday, November 24, 2010

About Bernard Lewis

Jay Nordlinger

"is an American journalist. He is a senior editor of National Review, the conservative magazine founded by William F. Buckley Jr. in 1955. He also writes a column for the magazine’s website, "National Review Online," called “Impromptus.” Nordlinger covers a wide variety of topics, including human rights. He has a special focus on China and Cuba.

In the last month and a half of the 2000 presidential election campaign, Nordlinger took a leave of absence from National Review to write speeches for George W. Bush."

Here are some of his comments on the august scholar of the Middle East, Prof. Bernard Lewis, which I found via the incomparable resource website: Martin Kramer's Sandbox:

"Another guest was Prof. Bernard Lewis, the great historian of the Middle East. You always learn a lot from Lewis — just being in the same room with him, you feel wiser. He was born in 1916, six years after his king, George V, assumed the throne. In America, Wilson was president — in his first term. We had not yet entered the war.

I had about 45 minutes with Lewis, upon the stage. What I mean is, we had a little conversation, before our passengers. We talked about Turkey, Iran, the Palestinians, Israel, the Islamicization of Holland and Belgium — many things (as time allowed).

I’m tempted to think that there will never again by anyone like Lewis — that he is the last of a certain type of scholar. The last of the first-class scholars. But this cannot be true. I will give you an analogy from music. In every generation, there are those who say that we’ve seen the last — heard the last — of the greats. “Oh, Nikisch! Oh, Hofmann! Oh, Caruso! Conducting, piano playing, singing — all of that has come to an end. Boo hoo hoo.” And it’s never true. It’s always bunk. There are always others.

Last night, at a Chinese restaurant, my companions and I saw James Levine — a man who is in the pantheon of conductors, an immortal. And there will be others . . .

I’m sure that, in the time of Thucydides, and shortly thereafter, people said, “That’s it — history-writing has come to an end. There will never be another one who is up to the job.” And it wasn’t true.

Nonetheless, I can’t imagine another scholar — another scholar of the Middle East — like Lewis. The MESA crowd long ago took over Middle East Studies. As Lewis once told me, this was similar to the takeover of Chinese Studies by Maoists."

Let's repeat: "The MESA crowd long ago [taking] over Middle East Studies... was similar to the takeover of Chinese Studies by Maoists."

We owe this academic progress to the inexorable exploits by another Professor, Edward Said, who hated Lewis and singled out as: "perfect exemplification" of an "Establishment Orientalist" whose work "purports to be objective liberal scholarship but is in reality very close to being propaganda against his subject material".

Enough said.


At 1:33 PM EST, Blogger EscapeVelocity said...

Indeed Noga.

Then again, many of these studies departments werent taken over by the likes of Islamists and Maoists, but were CREATED by them.

Islamists and Moaists are just par for the Anti Western course. Another group of haters who infest Western institutions, with bile and acrimony aimed at the White/Euro/Christian/Male.

And you wonder where Im coming from. As if its all just paranoid delusions of a racist hater. These events are real, Western law now freely discriminates against me, put into place by powerful minority groups who freely demonize me and my culture...thus giving moral authority to their moves to destroy European Civilization.

Islam is only stepping into the status quo in Western institutions, invited to join the coalition to destroy and divide up the goodies amongst themselves. Barbarians at the gate.

At 1:40 PM EST, Blogger EscapeVelocity said...

All of these Women's, African American, Chicano, Middle Eastern, Gay & Lesbian, Studies Departments are filled with people that demand that White Euro Christian Males adopt their anti White Euro Christian Male narratives. Just Leftists demand that Israeli Jews adopt the Arab Muslim narrative with regards to Palestine(Muslims) and Israel(Jews). To reject them is to be a racist supremacist hater, who needs to be destroyed.

Just ask the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The NAACP is similar to the KKK of the 30s who were part of the New Deal Coalition. Socialist wealth redistributionist leanings with a unabashed concern for one particular race.

At 2:55 PM EST, Blogger EscapeVelocity said...

Bernard Lewis on what the stakes are, in terms of Islam and the West

At 3:02 PM EST, Blogger EscapeVelocity said...

One more for you Noga.

This one has quotes from many intellectual heavyweights in Western Civilizations history, and their views on Islam. Before the Leftwing PC police started charging people with Hate Speech for criticizing Islam aka blasphemy.

At 3:04 PM EST, Blogger EscapeVelocity said...

Oops forgot the link...

The Green Danger

At 9:15 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bernard Lewis influenced many graduate students. My professor for Political Islam at City Univ of NY (CUNY) was one of his students. She did not want me to write about the Taliban, but that was because her interest was the MB and the Shi'a of Lebanon.

It is not hopeless.

Hope you are well.



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