SOAS University of London

Emeritus Professor Bernard Lewis

We are sad to report that Emeritus Professor Bernard Lewis has passed away aged 101.

Professor Lewis gained his PhD in Near and Middle East Studies at SOAS in 1939 and in 1949 was made Professor of History of the Near and Middle East, a post he held for 25 years. In 1974 he became a Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.

Professor Lewis served in the British Army in 1940-41, and for the rest of the war attached to a department of the Foreign Office, a career that was typical of SOAS students from that era.

​His publications include The Middle East, What Went Wrong? Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response; and most recently, From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East. His works have been translated into more than 25 languages.

News of his death has been reported in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Telegraph, and The Times of Israel​.

In 1986 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from SOAS in honour of his career at the School.