Bernard Lewis Quotes

The total exports of the entire Arab world, not counting oil and gas, amount to less than Finland, one tiny European country… their economies depend entirely on oil…. Sooner or later, oil and gas either be exhausted or superseded as the modern world turns to other sources of energy. When that happens, they will have nothing left. One possibility is that they will develop other forms of economic activity. Another, more likely, is that the region will lapse into insignificance.

Professor Lewis is the world’s leading expert on the Arab Islamic world.

Bernard Lewis, Historian, Interview, CNN Global Public Square, September 2, 2012

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Bernard Lewis
Bernard Lewis
  • Born: May 31, 1916
  • Died: May 19, 2018
  • Nationality: British American
  • Profession: Historian

Bernard Lewis, FBA was a British American historian specializing in oriental studies. He was also known as a public intellectual and political commentator. Lewis was the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Lewis' expertise was in the history of Islam and the interaction between Islam and the West. He was also noted in academic circles for his works on the history of the Ottoman Empire.

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