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Professor Bernard Lewis is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Emeritus at Princeton University. He was educated in the University of London, primarily but not entirely at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where his B.A. degree was in History with special reference to the Near and Middle East and his Ph.D. in the History of Islam. In 1949, Professor Lewis was appointed to the newly-created Chair of the History of the Near and Middle East in the University of London. He remained a University teacher—at the University of London until 1974, at Princeton from 1974 unit his retirement in 1986. His earliest interest was in medieval Islamic history, especially that of religious movements such as the Ismailis and Assassins. During the last twenty years, Professor Lewis became more and more concerned with the rise and spread of various extremist versions of militant Islam. In addition to his historical studies, I have published translations of classical Arabic, Turkish, Persian and Hebrew poetry.