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Robert R. Reilly anmelder Bernard Lewis’ nye bog

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The Legacy of Bernard Lewis

Robert Reilly – Jun 17, 2012

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Bernard Lewis’ new book, Notes on a Century: Reflections of a Middle East Historian, written at the age of 95, is essentially his autobiography.  Since he is, above all, a scholar, much of his life has been thinking and writing.  Not surprisingly, the book recounts the gestational process of a number of his major works.  Lewis is the author of more than 30 books.  This leads him to wonder, in 100 years, which of his works will be remembered?  I venture to say that it will not be this one, nor does he mean it to be.  This is a breezy, episodic, conversational book of reflections, aperçus, anecdotes, and some very sharp observations.  It is what is called a “good read.”  It is not particularly profound or deep.  It only glancingly refers to ideas that Lewis has developed at greater length in his earlier works. He refers to them rather than repeating them, and places their development in the context of his long life.

Therefore, this is not the Lewis book with which you should begin.  First, become conversant with his deep scholarship in the history of the Middle East.  Then, you will no doubt be driven to know more about the man himself, and that you can find entertainingly set forth in Notes on a Century.

Mere HER i Online Library of Law and Liberty. Desuden snublede jeg over en Lewis-artikel i pdf – fra Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 2003:

Robert R. Reilly om fantasteri på venstrefløjen

Denne skulle lige med eftersom det er en halalhippie, der får en over snuden:

The dangers of wishful thinking in the Middle East

By Robert R. Reilly – January 12, 2012

Projecting Western ideas onto the Arab Spring seriously underestimates the danger of Islamism.

Catholic News Agency LogoLast July Matthew Kaminski opined in the Wall Street Journal that the transition to democracy in the Middle East would be as easy as it was for the democracies that emerged after the fall of the Soviet empire. Alas, this was predictably not so and has now been proven, as vote after vote has shown, the strength of the Islamists, most particularly in Egypt, where they have won some 70 percent of the ballot. With his article on January 3, “Arab Democracy Is the Best Bet for a Muslim Reformation“, Kaminski continues in this vein of false optimism, based upon his propensity to project Western conceptions and norms onto the Islamic world, where they are largely irrelevant.

Wishful thinking can be dangerous when it distorts reality. Here is a short list of misconceptions in his latest piece.

Mere HER hos Catholic News Agency.

Video: Daniel Pipes, Jamie Glazov & David Meir-Levi

YouTube-version af The Jamie Glazov ShowBlogTalkRadio den 13. december 2011:

“An Invented People” on The Jamie Glazov Show

The Jamie Glazov Show on 12/13/2011. Featuring Jamie Glazov, Daniel Pipes, and David Meir-Levi discussing “An Invented People”.

Pipes slutter efter 27 minutter:

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An Invented People

by David Meir-Levi on Dec 13th, 2011

On Friday, December 9, presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich​ was interviewed on cable TV’s The Jewish Channel, where he made the unexpected comment that the Palestinians are an invented people with no apparent right to their own state.  His remarks, summarized in the Washington Post, were promptly condemned; but is he correct?

Let’s recall that Mr. Gingrich has an MA and PhD in History from Tulane University.  In fact, history is quite clear on this issue.  Mr. Gingrich is correct, and the first to say so was Daniel Pipes.

Mere her i FrontPageMagazine. Kan også læses her hos Energy Publisher. Her er en stump af det famøse interview:

The Jewish Channel Exclusive Interview With Newt Gingrich Excerpt: “Invented Palestinian People”

Og om afbrændingen af Det Egyptiske Institut:

L’Institut d’Égypte: In Memoriam

By Daniel Pipes – December 27, 2011

Founded in 1798 by the scientists accompanying Napoleon on his invasion of Egypt and responsible for the monumental 20-volume Description de l’Égypte (1809–28), L’Institut d’Égypte was burned down on Dec. 17 by crowds rampaging in the vicinity of the National Assembly building.

Remarkably for a learned institution, its doors were open to the public to meander and imbibe, though few did. During my three-year residency in Cairo in the 1970s, it served as a place of refuge, when the city was too much with me, as well as a regular destination for my foreign visitors. I treasured this little-known gem for its library of 200,000 volumes focused on Egypt, its symbol as the capstone of Orientalist learning in Egypt, its evocation of a different and better era, and the quietude it offered in a city with few such oases.

Mere HER i National Review Online. Kan også læses her hos Daniel Pipes.

Opdatering 20. januar 2012:

Why “Invent” the Palestinians?

Robert R. Reilly – January 17, 2012

This month, in Amman, Jordan, Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators met for their first time in 15 months to try to restart the “peace process.” Meanwhile, the Palestinian group that rules in Gaza, Hamas, has repeated its declaration: “The battle for the liberation of Jerusalem is closer than ever and, God willing, we will win.” Which is it to be, peace or war?

Perhaps this question should be considered against the background of the recent ruckus Newt Gingrich caused in December by saying, “Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire. We have invented the Palestinian people, who are, in fact, Arabs and are historically part of the Arab people. . .” The entire political spectrum took umbrage.  A critique from the right came from Elliott Abrams, a former Bush deputy national security adviser, who said: “There was no Jordan or Syria or Iraq, either, so perhaps he would say they are all invented people as well, and also have no right to statehood. Whatever was true then, Palestinian nationalism has grown since 1948, and whether we like it or not, it exists.”

Mere HER i Crisis Magazine. Kan også læses her hos Catholic News Agency.

Desuden link til denne af Melanie Phillips i The Daily Mail:

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Raymond Ibrahim anmelder bog af Robert R. Reilly

Den er nok kommet i billigbogsversion i USA, for den har et årstid på bagen:

The Closing of the Muslim Mind

How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis

by Robert R. Reilly – Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2011. 244 pp.

Reviewed by Raymond Ibrahim

Logo Middle East ForumLast week, “Saudi Arabia’s religious police arrested an Indonesian housemaid for casting a magic spell on a local family and ‘turning its life upside down.'” The maid “confessed” to using sorcery, and “commission experts took the magic items to their office and managed to dismantle and stop the spell.”

Far from being absurd aberrations to be dismissed, such accounts, which are becoming better known thanks to the Internet, are stark reminders of the incompatibility between the Western and Muslim worldviews, or, more to the point, the difficulty Western peoples have transcending their own paradigms and understanding the Muslim worldview in its own right—above and beyond the issue of sorcery.

Mere HER hos Middle East Forum. Kan også læses her hos Jihad Watch.

Robert R. Reilly om revolution med islamisk begrænsning

Islams Allah synes at stå i vejen:

Will the Arab Spring turn into winter?

By Robert R. Reilly – September 22, 2011

Catholic News Agency LogoWith the lunatic tyrant Moammar Gaddafi almost gone from Libya and the ground shaking under Bashir Assad’s feet in Syria, one could only wish that hopes for the Arab Spring were on as solid a foundation as many seem to think. One’s heart naturally goes out to those who have been trampled for generations by one-party states or megalomaniac supreme leaders. These people are getting their first taste of freedom, and it is exhilarating for them and for all in the West who wish them well.

For example, John O’Sullivan celebrates that “Egyptians, Tunisians, Syrians, and Libyans have now proved that they too value liberty and that they are prepared to make terrible sacrifices for themselves and their fellow-countrymen. That does not establish that liberal democracy can thrive in the Middle East, but it settles the question of whether Arab societies want it. They do.”

Mere HER hos Catholic News Agency. Westminster Institute her.

Video: Robert R. Reilly i timevis

Fra Virginia i USA, St. Ambrose Catholic Church 5. og 12. juni 2011, hvor man havde inviteret Robert R. Reilly til at holde foredrag 2 søndage i træk:

The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Caused the Modern Islamist Crisis

People are shocked and frightened by the behavior coming out of the Islamic world—not only because it is violent, but also because it is seemingly inexplicable. While there are many answers to the question of “what went wrong” in the Muslim world, no one has decisively answered why it went wrong. Until now. Foreign policy expert Robert R. Reilly uncovers the root of our contemporary crisis: a pivotal struggle waged within the Muslim world nearly a millennium ago. In a heated battle over the role of reason, the side of irrationality won. The deformed theology that resulted, Reilly reveals, produced the spiritual pathology of Islamism, and a deeply dysfunctional culture (ISI Books).

Robert R. Reilly is a senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council and has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, and National Review, among many other publications. A former director of the Voice of America, he has taught at the National Defense University and served in the White House and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Reilly is a member of the board of the Middle East Media Research Institute.

Kan også høres som audio her hos Institute of Catholic Culture:

De to foredrag fortsætter her på Veritas Universalis ► ► ► HER

Robert R. Reilly om ondskab

Essay af forfatteren til bogen, The Closing of the Muslim Mind. Om kommunister og muslimer:

Message to US State Dept: evil is evil is evil

How do you fashion a public diplomacy strategy if you do not believe that America stands for true human dignity?

Robert R. Reilly | 6 June 2011

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“We are losing war of ideas because we are not in the arena the way we were in the Cold War… just at the moment when there is this ferment for democracy breaking out.” So said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her recent testimony before the United States Congress. It is worth quoting her at greater length.

“We invested so much money and effort over so many decades to get behind the Iron Curtain, to talk about what democracy was, to keep the flag of freedom unfurled in people’s hearts, to get our messages in through every means of short wave radio and smuggling Bibles, and we did all kinds of things just to give people a sense that they weren’t alone, and that maybe their ideas about the human spirit were not subversive. Well, we don’t have those messages going out”

Mere HER hos MercatorNet. Kan også læses her hos Ruthfully Yours.

Andre kilder: Attack Machine,

Video: Robert R. Reilly om islams manglende rationale

Interviewet med Robert R. Reilly starter 33:18. Intervieweren hedder Raymond Arroyo. I første del af videoen speaker Arroyo om vold og myrderier overfor kristne i Egypten og Pakistan. Pædofili i den katolske kirke omtales i anden del, hvor der er debat i studiet. Vi hører også om en ny oversættelse af Biblen. Først derefter kommer indslaget med Reilly, som er det interessante her:

World Over – Crisis in Philadelphia – Raymond Arroyo with Philip F. Lawler – 03-10-2011

EWTN Global Catholic Television Network: World Over – Raymond Arroyo – Philip F. Lawler and Robert R. Reilly – Crisis in Philadelphia and Islam’s contemporary crisis

FrontPageMagazine interviewer Robert R. Reilly

Robert R. Reilly - The Closing of the Muslim MindThe Closing of the Muslim Mind

Jamie Glazov on Oct 18th, 2010

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Robert R. Reilly, a senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council who has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, and National Review, among many other publications. A member of the board of the Middle East Media Research Institute and a former director of the Voice of America, he has taught at the National Defense University, served in the White House and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. His latest book is The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis, just been published by ISI Press.

FP: Robert R. Reilly, welcome to Frontpage Interview.

Let’s begin with what inspired you to write The Closing of the Muslim Mind.

Reilly: Several things.  Professionally, I was working in the “war of ideas” area both at the Voice of America and then at the Defense Department.  One cannot fight a war of ideas unless one understands the ideas one is at war with.  Our 9/11 attackers justified themselves in terms of their Muslim faith.  Therefore, I was ineluctably led into a deep study of Islamic theology and into an examination of what constitutes justice in Islam.

 Mere HER i FrontPageMagazine.

Audio: Robert R. Reilly – Fundamentalist Islam

Western Word Radio, der sender fra BlogTalkRadio, har lavet dette interview med Robert R. Reilly om den lukkede verden, muslimer er spærret inde i pga. koranen og islams anstrengte forhold til videnskab. Det er en meget “teoretisk” samtale, man hører her – fra 29. september 2010:

Icon SpeakersThe Birth of Fundamentalist Islam

Join AFA President Avi Davis in his interview with Robert R. Reilly, author of the newly published, “The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis”

Man starter programmet HER – åbner Windows Media Player. Varighed små 50 minutter.

Interview med Robert R. Reilly

10 Questions with ‘The Closing of the Muslim Mind’ author Robert R. Reilly

By The Daily Caller – August 20, 2010

Robert R. Reilly - The Closing of the Muslim MindRobert R. Reilly is the author of The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist. A former director of Voice of America, he now serves as a senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council.

Reilly recently agreed to answer 10 questions about his book and other topics of interest for The Daily Caller:
1)   Why did you write the book?

I was fascinated by Bernard Lewis’ book What Went Wrong, in which he chronicles the decline of the Muslim world. I wanted to find out why it went wrong. And, like most Americans, I was galvanized by 9/11 and wanted to search more deeply into the wellsprings of violence in Islam. Since 9/11, I was also working professionally in the area of the Middle East, most particularly on Iraq for the Defense Department.

After years of study and work, I concluded that the Islamism we see today is a spiritual pathology based on a deformed theology that has produced a dysfunctional culture. That is a lot to say in one sentence, but I take 200 pages to explain it. I trace the roots of Islamism back to an intellectual crisis in Islam in the ninth century.

Mere hos The Daily Caller HER.

Opdatering 19. september 2010 – Jeg fandt lige endnu et interveiw med Robert R. Reilly:

When Islam Abandoned Reason: A Conversation with Robert R. Reilly

August 18, 2010

There is a contest on for the soul of Islam

We have allowed the Islamists a theological safe haven, which is far more dangerous than the physical safe havens they enjoy in parts of Pakistan and elsewhere.There is a contest on for the soul of Islam. If we don’t help the side that we wish to see prevail in that struggle, we had better get ready for things far worse than 9/11.

WASHINGTON, DC (Inside Catholic) – What happened to Islamic civilization? How did we get from Avicenna and Cordoba to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda? In his new book, The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis, Robert R. Reilly traces the problem back to a thousand-year-old theological debate over reason and the nature of God. InsideCatholic Editor Brian Saint-Paul spoke to him:

Brian Saint-Paul: Islam exploded out of Arabia as a kind of nomadic religion. In its earliest generations, it was less interested in philosophical issues than it was with general expansion and succession. But that changed. How?

Læs svaret hos Catholic Online HER

Video: The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis

Om islamisk etik – meget interessant forelæsning af Robert R. Reilly der bla. fortæller, at det arabiske sprog indtil for få år siden ikke havde noget ord for samvittighed. Det forklarer jo en del:

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People today are shocked and frightened by the behavior coming out the Islamic world – not only because it is violent, but also because it is seemingly inexplicable.  While many explanations have been offered as to “what went wrong” in the Muslim world, no one has decisively answered why it went wrong.  In The Closing of the Muslim Mind, Robert R. Reilly locates the roots of contemporary troubles in a pivotal struggle that occurred within the Muslim world nearly a millennium ago.  It was a battle over the role of reason – and the side of irrationality won.  The theology that resulted, Reilly posits, produced a fertile field for Islamism, and now constitutes the chief obstacle to finding common ground with the Islamic world.  In the view of former National Security Advisor John Poindexter, this book is “meticulously researched … must-read for today’s national security leaders.”

Robert R. Reilly is a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council and has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, and National Review, among many other publications.  A former director of the Voice of America, he has taught at the National Defense University and served in the White House and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  Reilly is also a member of the board of the Middle East Media Research Institute.


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