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 on one hand and the cultural and religious traditions of Iraq, Iran, and the formerly Iranian part of Central Asia on the other.
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, Faculty of Oriental Studies and Fellow of Conville and Caius College 1990–94, University Reader 1994–97; Institute for Advanced Study, Andrew W. Mellon Professor, 1997–2014, Professor Emerita, 2014–; American Philosophical Society, Member; British Academy, Corresponding Fellow; Makers of the Muslim World, Founder and Editor 2002–; Aarhus University, Faculty of Theology, Honorary Professor 2007–; University of Copenhagen, Honorary Doctorate 2009; University of Cambridge, Honorary Member of Gonville and Caius College 2013–; Leiden University, Honorary Doctorate 2013; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Honorary Doctorate 2014; British-Kuwait Friendship Prize 2005; Giorgio Levi Della Vida Medal for Excellence in Islamic Studies 2013; Middle East Studies Association, Albert Hourani Book Award 2013; Houshang Pourshariati Iranian Studies Book Award 2013; Central Eurasian Studies Society Book Award 2013; American Historical Society, James Henry Breasted Prize 2013; Middle East Medievalists Lifetime Achievement Award 2014