Bernard Lewis falls out of favour with the American Right-Wing links to a usual anti-Muslim rant piece at FrontPageRag. What is noteworthy about this piece is that the author attacks one of the doyens of Western Orientalism for being a bit too soft on Islam.

The thing with Bernard Lewis is that ultimately he is a scholar (even if he was in the service of Empire), who at least had an argument to make; his opponents could (and did) make counter-arguments. And as noted by a commentator at Tabsir, for Lewis to say “what went wrong with Islam” means he must have seen something that was “right” in the first place.

FrontPageRag, and other hate sites, however, have no arguments to make. They exist only to spew bile under the guise of being ‘conservative’, when in fact they are a curse to this tradition.


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