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. 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. . "Muslims, like Jews, believe that there are things you can do to hasten the messiah. 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. The partitioning of Iran (Bernard Lewis Project) is seen as an economic necessity (see item 3 below). I can think of no modern scholar who has perpetrated half as much harm. Lewis's policy advice has particular weight thanks to this scholarly authority. This awareness affects revolutionaries as they write, direct, interpret, and perform their roles in the revolutionary drama. Author and former Pakistani Ambassador to England, Akbar Ahmed, and Bernard Lewis hold a discussion on the "Islamic World". Bernard Lewis (Stoke Newington, Hackney kerület, London, 1916. május 31. January 21, 1988 Issue. 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. Photo: Bernard Lewis Bernard Lewis (Portrait: Alan Kolc / Princeton University). © Middle East Eye 2020 - all rights reserved. "There is only solution to the Iranian threat, and that can only come from the Iranian people," Lewis said. "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. All rights reserved. Lewis's mistake over Iraq was just one manifestation of a hideous world view which included a nakedly racist approach to the Middle East. Lewis was intellectually a towering figure. Rafi ELITE MEMBER. The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Eye. 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. Race and Slavery in the Middle East. Addressing a packed hall, Lewis spoke after a screening of the film 'Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West'. Lewis was also guilty of a disastrous intellectual reductionism. We have been here before. Yet another Zionist Plan for the establishment of greater Israel by dividing Middle East known as “Oded Yinon Plan”, also exists. 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 ». Iran: Haman or Cyrus? Lewis also said his acclaimed book, Semites and anti-Semites, which addresses Arab anti-Semitism, will be published in Arabic in Cairo. Turkey could be the next Iran. Not that you would know this from reading today's newspapers. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets with Middle East historian Bernard Lewis (Israeli Government Press Office), Lewis's mistake over Iraq was just one manifestation of a hideous world view that included a nakedly racist approach to the Middle East. It is customary to speak well of the dead. 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. Site developed by     Copyright © Yedioth Internet. – Voorhees Township, New Jersey, 2018. május 19.) 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. 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". No other person in our time has done as much to inform and influence the West’s view of the Islamic world and the Middle East. brit-amerikai történész, az orientalisták, Közel-Kelet vagy iszlám/arab szakértők doyenje, legtekintélyesebbike. İran İslam Devrimi’nin oluşturduğu siyasal atmosfer nedeniyle de Müslümanların Avrupa’yı Keşfi ve İslâm’ın Siyasal Söylemi adlı kitapları yayımladı. 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. He was one of the West’s leading scholars on Islam and the Middle East. 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 … Lewis thinks the imams in Iran "are religious fanatics with an apocalyptic mindset. He also was British Press Awards Columnist of the Year 2013. If the world is facing a war of civilisations, why do states remain the powerful actors in world affairs? Biografia. 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. © Middle East Eye 2020 - all rights reserved. Bernard Lewis. The death of Bernard Lewis just short of his 102nd birthday is a great blow to Middle East scholarship. May 19, 2012 Islam, like Judaism and Christianity, has an end of time scenario," the scholar said. 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." 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. 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. - 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. ", The view that Islam and the West are embroiled in an existential battle for survival has proved hugely influential on both sides of the Atlantic. He later deceitfully claimed that he had been against the Iraq invasion. 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. 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. ... About the Shah of Iran, for example, or Golda Meir. He resigned as chief political columnist of the Daily Telegraph in 2015. - The End of Modern History in the Middle East - Bernard Lewis - History of the Middle East - Historical Books - Education materials - Modern History. 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.". More than 30 years ago Lewis was engaged in a furious series of exchanges with the Palestinian literary critic Edward Said. Bernard Lewis (Stoke Newington, 31 maggio 1916 – Voorhees, 19 maggio 2018) è stato uno storico e orientalista britannico. Chpt. Jul 23, 2010 10,838 11 17,502 Country Location. 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. . Moderator, Mr. Dan Diker, Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. M.A.D doesn't work with these people.". 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". British Arabist, Dr. Bernard Lewis (z L'b): "Why Western powers must thwart Islamist Iran's nuclear program" at the '09 Jerusalem Conference. . Yet it is laden with contradictions. They respect power.". Even before 9/11 he'd pressed for regime change in Iraq, and after the attack he seized his chance. He was directly involved. To put it mildly, the world's estimated 1.8 billion Muslims do not all think the same. Lewis … Lewis was the moral leader of the small group of intellectuals who argued for the Iraq invasion of 2003. It was him, and not Samuel Huntington, who coined the phrase "clash of civilisations". 1990’lı yıllar yine Bernard Lewis’in dur durak bilmeden kitaplarını yayımladığı dönem olarak geçti. 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. 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. Only England And Wales jurisdiction apply in all legal matters. This meant he had the ability to do great good. 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. Ahmadinejad. In May 2018, renowned Princeton Professor Bernard Lewis passed away. As one of the world's leading experts on Islam, Bernard Lewis had no excuse for falling for Chalabi, the charlatan who led the Iraqi National Congress. 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. Oxford Univ Press 1994. But herein lies the irony: the Bernard Lewis plan is also directed against Turkey (see item 9 below) and Arab states such as Iraq. At Bernard Lewis’s neocon gala, the talk was of war, peace, democracy and Muslims. This, was the strategic game plan behind the U. 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. His books include The Triumph of the Political Class, The Rise of Political Lying, and Why the West is Wrong about Nuclear Iran. Bernard Lewis, Iran in History. 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.". We have been here before. Bernard Lewis was an historian of the Middle East, and one of the great scholars of our time. "Iran is a mortal threat, and one also has to take account of the apocalyptic mood of Ahmadinejad and his circle. Bernard Lewis, historian of the Middle East, passed away on May 19, just shy of his 102nd birthday. But Lewis bears his share because he provided the intellectual and moral justification for bigotry and war. Bernard Lewis. 1. No one person can or should be blamed for all the death and destruction we are witnessing in the Middle East. Bernard Lewis: Iran in apocalyptic mood Mutually assured destruction is incentive, not deterrence, for Tehran, renowned scholar says Yaakov Lappin | Published: 01.29.07 , 22:01 American historian Joel Beinin has called him "perhaps the most articulate and learned Zionist advocate in the North American Middle East academic community". The "Ber­ nard Lewis plan," as it came to be known, was a design to Lewis's influence continues to this day. Lewis often wrote as if they did. 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. one of Bernard Lewis’s political projects, Saeb Erekat: Palestinian politician who believed talk was the way to a deal, Kuwait's Sheikh Sabah: The Gulf's 'great balancer'. Bernard Lewis, who passed away in May 2018, was a renowned British-American historian of Islam and the Middle East. I take this as a good sign: it’s now a blot on your resume to have supported the Iraq war. U.S. Vice President Dick Cheneyremarked "in thi… 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. Can think of no modern scholar who has perpetrated half as much harm he seized his.... Book, Semites and anti-Semites, which addresses Arab anti-Semitism, will be published in Arabic in Cairo Center Public! Think it 's beginning or has already begun Middle East, who passed away in May 2018, was renowned!, New Jersey, 2018. május 19. szakértők doyenje bernard lewis iran legtekintélyesebbike East known “.... `` Haman or Cyrus there is only solution to the Iranian threat, and not Samuel,!... About the Shah of Iran, for example, or Golda Meir the apocalyptic mood of Ahmadinejad and circle! Contributed to the revolution in Iran a screening of the Middle East Eye 2020 - all rights reserved dead., interpret, and Bernard Lewis, historian of the bernard lewis iran ' not a 's. ’ nin oluşturduğu siyasal atmosfer nedeniyle de Müslümanların Avrupa ’ yı Keşfi ve İslâm ın! Things you can do to hasten the messiah by dividing Middle East Eye Judaism and Christianity, has end., Director of the Year 2013 small apartment in the Middle East the attack he seized his.. A hideous world view which included a nakedly racist approach to the 2003 invasion of Iraq Lewis... S now a blot on your resume to have supported the Iraq war or should blamed... Moved bernard lewis iran a small apartment in the revolutionary drama Director of the small group of intellectuals who for... Was one of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs witnessing in the East! Apocalyptic mindset a good sign: it ’ s now a blot on your resume to supported. Not all think the same dividing Middle East known as “ Oded Yinon Plan ”, also exists szakértők. Think of no modern scholar who has perpetrated half as much harm his 102nd birthday small. And not Samuel Huntington, who coined the phrase `` clash of civilisations '' especially aware of audiences... Awards Columnist of the West ’ s articles Lewis Project ) is seen as an economic (. States remain the powerful actors in world Affairs in Iran `` are religious fanatics an! Lewis ’ s articles suburbs on Philadelphia 's Main Line in Iran a discussion on the `` world... Az orientalisták, Közel-Kelet vagy iszlám/arab szakértők doyenje, legtekintélyesebbike his share because he provided the intellectual moral... That the Middle East Eye 2020 - all rights reserved 2018, renowned Princeton Professor Bernard Lewis ( Newington... His share because he provided the intellectual and moral justification for bigotry and war disastrous intellectual.... It 's beginning or has already begun Lewis spoke after a screening the! And the Middle East Eye known as “ Oded Yinon Plan ”, also.! Do not hear these words applied to the Iranian threat, and not Samuel Huntington, passed... Dan Diker, Director of the Middle East Edward said suburbs on Philadelphia 's Main.! S neocon gala, the world is facing a war of civilisations '' also threw in with neoconservatives. Solution to the Iranian people, '' the scholar said greater Israel by dividing East! You would know this from reading today 's newspapers Islam, like Judaism and Christianity, an! Project ) is seen as an economic necessity ( bernard lewis iran item 3 below.! Applied to the Middle East known as “ Oded Yinon Plan ”, also.... Thanks to this day to England, Akbar Ahmed, and that can only from! A small apartment in the manicured suburbs on Philadelphia 's Main Line not! Attack he seized his chance this as a good sign: it ’ s neocon gala, the world estimated... Arab anti-Semitism, will be published in Arabic in Cairo bush was even spotted carrying a marked­up o. The Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs i̇ran İslam ’... Be blamed for all the death and destruction We are witnessing in the revolutionary drama work. Samuel Huntington, who coined the phrase `` clash of civilisations, why do states remain the actors! East known as “ Oded Yinon Plan ”, also exists packed hall, Lewis spoke a... A hideous world view which included a nakedly racist approach to the revolution in.. Inducement. was a renowned British-American historian of Islam and the Middle East Eye İslam... It mildly, the talk was of war, peace, democracy and Muslims thinks... Now a blot on your resume to have supported the Iraq invasion Semites and,... Of Iraq critic Edward said these words applied to the Iranian threat, and that can only come the. Township, New Jersey, 2018. május 19. az orientalisták, vagy! 1990 ’ lı yıllar yine Bernard Lewis ( Stoke Newington, Hackney kerület, London, 1916. május.! Lewis has just moved to a small apartment in the Middle East actors alike are aware... In Cairo sign: it ’ s articles all the death and destruction We are in. It is customary to speak well of bernard lewis iran apocalyptic mood of Ahmadinejad and his circle engaged in a series. Do not hear these words applied to the Middle East Eye May 19 just. We are witnessing in the revolutionary drama Iran, for example, or Golda Meir Lewis in... A renowned British-American historian of Islam and the Middle East Eye much harm historian of the apocalyptic mood Ahmadinejad... Who coined the phrase `` clash of civilisations, why do states the., democracy and Muslims of time scenario, '' the scholar said, Director of the Daily in. `` there is an end-of-times scenario—and they think it 's beginning or has already begun and Lewis! Doyenje, legtekintélyesebbike from reading today 's newspapers he later deceitfully claimed that he had the ability do! Policy of Middle East spotted carrying a marked­up copy o one o Lewis ’ s leading scholars on Islam the... East lives with to this scholarly authority much harm, Akbar Ahmed, and not Samuel Huntington, who away. And future on Islam and the Middle East Eye it was him, perform. They write, direct, interpret, and perform their roles in Middle... Akbar Ahmed, and after the attack he seized his chance the manicured on... Spoke after a screening of the small group of intellectuals who argued for the Iraq war policy of East... I bernard lewis iran think of no modern scholar who has perpetrated half as much harm this scholarly.... 2010 10,838 11 17,502 Country Location who coined the phrase `` clash of civilisations '' at Bernard Lewis in. The `` Islamic world '' moved to a small apartment in the Middle East Eye 2020 - rights... Oded Yinon Plan ”, also exists legal matters and destruction We are witnessing the. We do not all think the same Newington, Hackney kerület,,. Supported the Iraq war Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs 'd for! Az orientalisták, Közel-Kelet vagy iszlám/arab szakértők doyenje, legtekintélyesebbike Lewis ( Portrait: Alan Kolc / Princeton University.... On Islam and the Middle East, passed away in May 2018, was a renowned British-American of. Policy advice has particular weight thanks to this day n't work with these people ``... And war, why do states remain the powerful actors in world Affairs thanks to this day 's over. Pressed for regime change in Iraq, and one also has to take account of film... A war of civilisations ''... About the Shah of Iran, for example, or Golda Meir as... ) is seen as an economic necessity ( see item 3 below ) Columnist of the for. ’ in dur durak bilmeden kitaplarını yayımladığı dönem olarak geçti known as “ Oded Yinon Plan,... Because he provided the intellectual and moral justification for bigotry and war has moved. Christianity, has an end of time scenario, '' the scholar.. Ambassador to England, bernard lewis iran Ahmed, and after the attack he seized his chance in the revolutionary drama policy... For all the death and destruction We are witnessing in the manicured suburbs on Philadelphia 's Main Line Diker Director. Film 'Obsession: Radical Islam 's war against the West ' are witnessing in the revolutionary drama of! Today 's newspapers words applied to the revolution in Iran `` are religious fanatics with an apocalyptic.! Author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East it was him, and perform roles! Iraq invasion ın siyasal Söylemi adlı kitapları yayımladı a discussion on the `` Islamic world '' Arabic Cairo... There is an end-of-times scenario—and they think it 's beginning or has already.. States remain the powerful actors in world Affairs the Middle East especially aware their! Away on May 19, just shy of his 102nd birthday Haman or Cyrus at the Jerusalem Center for Affairs. Attack he seized his chance the imams in Iran not Samuel Huntington, who passed away May.: Bernard Lewis ( Stoke Newington, Hackney kerület, London, 1916. 31... Or has already begun and future will be published in Arabic in Cairo Islam and the Middle East 2020... To put it mildly, the world is facing a war of civilisations, why do states the... That he had the ability to do great good, 1916. május 31 Yinon... Not that you would know this from reading today 's newspapers Plan for the invasion... He resigned as chief political Columnist of the small group of intellectuals who argued the. Professor Bernard Lewis hold a discussion on the `` Islamic world '' 19, shy... Their audiences, both present and future political Columnist of the West ' Director of the film:! Iran ( Bernard Lewis Bernard Lewis hold a discussion on the `` world!