Elie Kedourie has been variously described as an angry young man, a sceptic, a conservative, an Oakeshottian, a pessimist, an imperialist, a Zionist, an anti-Zionist, an anti-Arab, and lately even starry-eyed about imperialism - all labels which attempt to categorize the scholar but reveal nothing about the man or his work.
In his work, much solid and documentary evidence was brought in order to marshal his fresh arguments and novel interpretations. It has thus created, in more than one area, new understanding and new attitudes. This book is not a biography. It is a collection of essays evaluating Kedourie's work and his legacy to scholarship. The various contributors, ranging widely in interest and occupation, have indicated their relationship with him in their essays. Three pieces of his own work are included. One of his last essays, 'The Jews of Babylon and Baghdad', is published here for the first time.
Contents: Elie Kedourie: A Tribute Kamal Salibi. Michael Oakeshott: A Colleague's View Elie Kedourie. Retirement Dinner Address Elie Kedourie. The Jews of Babylon and Baghdad Elie Kedourie. Elie Kedourie: An Overview PJ Vatikiotis. A Personal Note Michael Leifer. A View from Academe Kenneth Minogue. Beyond Academe Regina Allen. A Master All His Own David Pryce-Jones. An Israeli View Itamar Rabinovich. A Ph.D. Experience Liora Lukitz. Orientation in the 1960s Michael Sutton. A Memoir Noel O'Sullivan. Remembering Elie Kedourie in the United States Joseph Shattan. A Bulwark against Mediocrity Louise Greenberg. Memories of a Friendship Andrew Mango. A Personal Memoir Peter Roberts. The Politics of Elie Kedourie Oliver Letwin. The Debt of a Student of Nationalism Paschalis M Kitromilides. Elie Kedourie, politique et moraliste Alain Silvera. Elie Kedourie's Philosophical History Alan Beattie.