Bernard Lewis

Seeking the Roots of Muslim Rage

A few months after the attacks on New York City and Washington on Sept. 11, 2001, several key Washington figures were invited to dinner at the Vice President's residence. The star turn was by an elderly professor from Princeton, whom Dick Cheney asked to conduct a seminar on Islam, the Koran and Muslim attitudes toward Americans. The teacher was Bernard Lewis, now 87, who first studied the Islamic world in his native London in the 1930s and--with a break spent serving in British intelligence during World War II--has been engaged in a life of scholarship ever since. But it is only...

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