Thursday, February 09, 2006

What went wrong ?

Trying to make sense of the love-hate relations between the European and Islamic civilizations? It is not just Crusades alone. There are many other factors and the grand old Jewish scholar of Islamic and Arabic studies in the Anglo-American world Bernard Lewis, 90, has offered some answers in What Weng Wrong ? The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East.

Of course, one enjoys the freedom of not reading Bernard Lewis just because he is a Jew but I do read a lot of his books without having, or feeling the need, to apologise to anyone. Anyone who has contrarian opinions against this or that observations or conclusions of Bernard Lewis are welcome to present them here or elsewhere publicly and, above all, PEACEFULLY. My mind is open to both (or more) sides of argument on the subject because I am not an expert.

Bernard Lewis