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Bernard Lewis's literary side

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Submitted by David Koral (United States), May 31, 2016 at 20:31

About ten years ago, a friend of mine showed me a new translation of the poetry of Shlomo Ibn Gabirol, with an introduction by Bernard Lewis. While I was familiar with Bernard Lewis's historical and political writings, I was not at all aware of his literary side, and was amused to read that preparing for his bar mitzvah was for him an introduction to MIddle Eastern languages.

What became a lifelong passion for knowledge served as an example for me to study Farsi in recent years.

Many thanks to Daniel Pipes for his celebration of Bernard Lewis's life and career.

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