Patricia Crone

Patricia Crone
Andrew W. Mellon
Professor
School of Historical Studies

Patricia Crone's research is focused on the Near East from late antiquity to the coming of the Mongols. She is interested in the delineation of the political, religious, and cultural environment in which Islam began and how it transformed, and was itself transformed by, the regions that the Arabs conquered. Originally a political, social, and military historian (some diversions notwithstanding), she has been steadily moving into the history of ideas. She now works mainly on the Qur’an and the cultural and religious traditions of Iraq, Iran, and the formerly Iranian part of Central Asia.

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Ph.D. 1974; Warburg Institute, University of London, Senior Research Fellow 1974–77; University of Oxford, University Lecturer and Fellow of Jesus College 1977–90; University of Cambridge, Assistant University Lecturer and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College 1990–92, University Lecturer 1992–94, University Reader 1994–97, Honorary Fellow of Caius College 2013–; Institute for Advanced Study, Andrew W. Mellon Professor, 1997–; American Philosophical Society, Member; Leiden University, Honorary Doctorate; Makers of the Muslim World, Founder and Editor 2002–; British-Kuwait Friendship Prize 2005

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