Bernard LewisBernard Lewis
is a British
scholar and professor of Near and Middle Eastern
history, with a speciality in the history of Islam
. Lewis graduated from the University of London
and taught there until 1974
, when he accepted a position at Princeton University
. In 1986
he formally retired, though he still retains a position there as an emeritus professor.
In the wake of the September 11th terrorist attack, interest in Lewis' work surged, especially his 1990 essay The Roots of Muslim Rage. Lewis is also known for his literary sparrings with
Columbia professor Edward Said, who critiqued Lewis' supposedly "Orientalist scholarship in his famous 1979 book of the same name.