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Bernard Lewis speaks on new book, Nov. 7

Bernard Lewis , the Cleveland Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus, will present a lecture on the subject of his recent book, "What Went Wrong? Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The book, published by Oxford University Press, examines the reaction of the Islamic world to increasing domination by the West as a military and economic power. He shows striking differences between the Western and Middle Eastern cultures from the 18th to the 20th centuries by comparing such areas as religion, the arts and the position of women.

Retired from teaching at Princeton in 1986, Lewis has remained active in his research and is considered a leading historian and interpreter of the region and the people of the Near East. His early research interests included Islamic history and the contemporary Middle East. More recently, he has researched the history of the Ottoman Empire, and is presently combining his interests by studying the history of the relations between Europe and Islam from early Ottoman to modern times.

In addition to "What Went Wrong?" Lewis is the author of numerous books including "A Middle East Mosaic: Fragments of Life, Letters and History" (2000), "The Emergence of Modern Turkey (Studies in Middle Eastern History)" (2001) and the forthcoming "The Assassins: A Radical Sect in Islam."

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs .

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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