Live at the 92nd Street Y has put listeners from all over the world in close company with some of the smartest and most entertaining minds in contemporary culture. This episode features a powerful and educational lecture from one of the preeminent scholars of the Middle East, Professor Bernard Lewis. Pulling from his years of study and his best-selling books on the Middle East and Islam, Professor Lewis expounds in compelling fashion on the subjects of Iraq, Islam, and the power balance in the Middle East.
Bernard Lewis is the author of the national best seller What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East as well as The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2,000 Years, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East; The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror; The Emergence of Modern Turkey; and The Arabs in History. Lewis is internationally recognized as one of our era's greatest historians of the Middle East and his books have been translated into more than 20 languages. Lewis is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University.
This is the single best short presentation on Islam I have ever heard. I have been studying Islam for a long time and this one presentation is about as good a start as you will find.
Then consider "In The Shadow Of The Sword".