Why was the author qualified to write this book?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that Lewis' background as a scholar of Islamic studies makes him qualified to write a book about the challenges that modern Islam faces.  Lewis' work in the field and as a public intellectual makes him one of the most prominent voices on Islam.  Lewis has taught and lectured about Islam and the issues within the religion for over sixty years.  He has posts at prestigious institutions such as Princeton and Cornell Universities.  Additionally, Lewis was a founding member of the Middle East Studies Association of North America in 1966.  His role in creating this society and an offshoot of it in 2007 would help to make Lewis quite credible in talking about the challenges that Islam faces in the modern condition.  Lewis is qualified to write this book because of his own extensive work in the history of Islam.  At the same time, he has demonstrated a clear grasp in understanding how the religion's history intersects with its place in the modern condition.  In doing so, Lewis' work is a helpful participating voice in the discourse of how Islam is to be better understood as greater uncertainty shrouds a full understanding of it.

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