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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Buruma v. Lewis.

The co-author of Occidentalism takes a crack at the world's leading Orientalist. Ian Buruma on the two minds of Bernard Lewis (New Yorker 6.14.04).

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 16 June 2004 at 7:20 PM

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June 18, 2004 06:00 PM | Permalink for this comment

Careful on this, Chris. The arabists I know don't consider Lewis the authority that the secular press makes him. Post 9/11, I went to several of them and asked for a reading list. They pointedly told me to avoid Lewis.


June 18, 2004 06:59 PM | Permalink for this comment

Ah, but isn't "orientalist" a term of derision? Anyone who followed the link to Buruma's essay surely wouldn't conclude that Lewis is the go-to guy if you want to understand the contemporary Muslim world.

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