Bernard Lewis Collection
The Bernard Lewis Collection was donated to the Sourasky Library in 2010 by Professor Bernard Lewis and his family, and holds over 5000 books in the English, French, Arabic, Ottoman and Turkish languages, amongst others. His enormous collection spans books on history, religion, culture and literature, from ancient times to the modern age.
Professor Lewis, an alumnus of the University of London and the University of Paris and professor emeritus at Princeton University, is a renowned historian specializing in Oriental and Islamic studies, with an emphasis on the history of the Ottoman Empire. Beginning his academic career as a lecturer during the 1960s in the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London, Professor Lewis set the standards of the field and emphasized the necessity of studying Islam through its languages, cultures and social circumstances, with the understanding that Islam and its long heritage should be explained through the interaction with its intellectual products and the people that practiced its faith.
From his advanced age, Professor Lewis’s reflections on his academic career and his field of study, shed light on a long century that witnessed great events and changes in both the academic and the actual world in which we live, as can be read in his latest book: Notes on a Century: Reflections of a Middle East Historian (2012).