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Culture & Civilization

Bernard Lewis

Yesterday was the 100th birthday of Bernard Lewis, preeminent historian of the Middle East and Islam. Today, Mosaic Magazine published my essay for the occasion....
prayer

In the West Bank city of Nablus, Arabs rioted on Thursday. Were they complaining about Jewish settlements or the lack of a Palestinian state? No....

COMMENTARY has become my new go-to website for news analysis because it is measured, substantive, thoughtful, and written for news consumers of all shapes and...

There’s an enormous amount of shouting in the wild west of conservative media. That has its place, and is often a sign of the energy...
American Jews

Mosaic magazine has been running a fascinating series about why American Jews are drifting away from Israel. All the contributors (correctly) ascribed this drift primarily...
Britain

In the wake every terror atrocity that Europe has suffered, politicians and commentators have scrambled to cobble together explanations about why some Muslims turn into...
income tax

I agree with Noah that Woodrow Wilson was both a horrible president and a horrible person. I also agree that Princeton should not expunge his name from...
Pope Francis

I like Pope Francis a lot more than I like Donald Trump -- but I agree with Jonathan Tobin, who wrote that the Pope's comments...
Christianity

There was once a time when talk about the supposed influence of the Pope was a staple of American politics. In the 19th century, anti-Catholic...
Islam

There was much to commend in President Obama’s speech at a Baltimore mosque today. The president was characteristically eloquent in denouncing religious prejudice, praising religious...

It's notorious, and true, that government officials hardly read anything. Memos, sure; nowadays, emails and tweets as well. But magazines? People barely have time to...
Donald Trump

There’s been a fair amount of attention on the remarks made by Donald Trump at Liberty University on Monday, but I want to focus on...