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I wonder about the meaning of the verb "to flag" and "navigating" in this context:
"Berman does flag important debates about Islam's impact on Europe and the world, but he is an exceedingly poor guide to navigating them. His reading of Islamism, based on a narrow selection of sources read in translation and only a sliver of the vast scholarship on the subject, fails to grasp its political and intellectual context".
I read the first sentence this way: "Berman launches important debates on Islam, but is guide is extremely poor when it comes to dealing with them". Is it correct?
Thank you in advance,
Not a teacher.
"Flag" doesn't mean to launch, but rather to draw other peoples' attention to.
Presumably, he is finding existing debates and drawing attention to them.
You are correct on the "navigating" part.