Bernard Lewis was the orientalist scholar of choice for American neo-conservatives. His dangerous ‘clash of civilisations’ theory was not only wrong but caused enormous damage in the Middle East.
Despite having acquired some 21st-century trappings, Eid al-Fitr’s mix of religion and revelry is centuries old.
The Middle Eastern practice of assigning a faith to every citizen and a separate court system for each religion promotes division and sectarianism.
Counterintuitive as it may sound, ISIS is proof that the clash of civilisations is a myth. The reality is that interests clash, while cultures mix.
Any objective observer can see that the refugees of today are not the invaders of history. So why are so many Europeans afraid of refugees?
As the post-Ottoman order crumbles around us, would the Middle East would have been better or worse off had Turkey remained neutral during World War I?
With all the wars and conflicts raging in the Middle East, collective trauma carries very serious consequences for the region.
The curious cases of Rachel Dolezal and the Circassian ladies show just how meaningless race is, while Dylann Roof underlines the dangers of racism.