Bernard Lewis Themes

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Few topics in modern America garner more hateful passion and ignorance than the Middle East. Bernard Lewis sought to dispel misconceptions about the region when he used original research to author The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2,000 Years. He begins not at the time of Muhammad, as most historians do when discussing the Middle East, but with Jesus, providing a more contextual view of the religion that pervades the area. Lewis proceeds to provide a comprehensive relation of the modern Middle East with emphasis on a historical perspective. Three key themes pervade Lewis' work: a stress on viewing the Middle East with a historical perspective, the impact of various cultures' interplay, and the extraordinary influence of the West

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