Faith and Power: Religion and Politics in the Middle East

Faith and Power: Religion and Politics in the Middle East

Faith and Power: Religion and Politics in the Middle East

Faith and Power: Religion and Politics in the Middle East


Bernard Lewis is recognized around the globe as one of the leading authorities on Islam. Hailed as "the world's foremost Islamic scholar" (Wall Street Journal), as "a towering figure among experts on the culture and religion of the Muslim world" (Baltimore Sun), and as "the doyen of Middle Eastern studies" (New York Times), Lewis is nothing less than a national treasure, a trusted voice that politicians, journalists, historians, and the general public have all turned to for insight into the Middle East.

Now, Lewis has brought together writings on religion and government in the Middle East, so different than in the Western world. The collection includes previously unpublished writings, English originals of articles published before only in foreign languages, and an introduction to the book by Lewis.

Acclaim for What Went Wrong?

A New York Times Bestseller

"Replete with the exceptional historical insight that one has come to expect from the world's foremost Islamic scholar."
--Karen Elliott House,Wall Street Journal

Lewis has done us all--Muslim and non-Muslim alike--a remarkable service.... The book's great strength, and its claim upon our attention, [is that] it offers a long view in the midst of so much short-term and confusing punditry on television, in the op-ed pages, on campuses and in strategic studies think tanks."
--Paul Kennedy,The New York Times Book Review

Acclaim for From Babel to Dragomans

"Lewis has long been considered the West's leading interpreter of Mideast culture and history, and this collection only solidifies his reputation."--National Review

"For more than four decades, Lewis has been one of the most respected scholars and prolific writers on the history and politics of the Middle East. In this compilation of more than 50 journal articles and essays, he displays the full range of his eloquence, knowledge, and insight regarding this pivotal and volatile region."--Booklist


In a famous passage in the new testament, Christians are enjoined to “render…. unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21). in these words, a principle was laid down, at the very beginning of Christianity, that became central to both Christian thought and practice and that is discernible throughout Christian history and all over Christendom. Always, there were two authorities, God and, symbolically, Caesar; dealing with different matters, exercising different jurisdictions; each with its own laws and its own courts for enforcing them; each with its own institutions and its own hierarchy for administering them.

These two different authorities are generally known in the Christian world as “church” and “state.” in the long and varied history of Christendom, the two have always been there— sometimes in association, sometimes in conflict; sometimes one predominant, sometimes the other—but always two and not one. the doctrine of the separation of the two is now accepted, in practice and sometimes in law, in most if not all of the Christian or post-Christian world.

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