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Bostom Critiques Lewis

Speaking at a December 10-11, 2007 Rome Conference entitled, “Fighting for Democracy in the Islamic World,” renowned historian Bernard Lewis asserted, “The authoritarianism present in the Middle East region is not part of the Arab and Muslim tradition, but it has been imported from Europe.”
In the New English Review, Andrew Bostom writes that Lewis’s contention is “ahistorical” and “vacuous.” Read why.

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