Oleg Grabar

Past Faculty
School of Historical Studies

Islamic Art and Culture

Affiliation

Historical Studies

Oleg Grabar was Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies, where he served on the Faculty since 1990. Spanning six decades, Grabar’s work has had a profound and far-reaching influence on the study of Islamic art and architecture. Through his extensive archaeological expeditions and research trips, across the vast expanse of the Islamic world in Africa, the Middle East, and Muslim Asia, Grabar documented, interpreted, and extended the meaning and significance of Islamic art, history, and culture.

Dates at IAS

Emeritus
School of Historical Studies
Faculty
School of Historical Studies

Degrees

Princeton University
Ph.D.
1955
Harvard University
B.A.
1950
University of Paris
Certificats de licence
1948

Honors

2010
Chairman’s Award (Aga Khan Award for Architecture)
2005
Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art (College Art Association)
2001
Charles Lang Freer Medal
1996
Giorgio Levi Della Vida Medal, University of California, Los Angeles
Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Institut de France, Corresponding Member
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member
American Philosophical Society, Member
Austrian Academy, Honorary Member
British Academy, Corresponding Fellow

Appointments

Institute for Advanced Study
Professor (1990–98); Professor Emeritus (1998–2011)
Harvard University
Professor (1969–80); Chairman of the Department of Fine Arts (1977–82); Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture (1980–90); Emeritus Professor (1990–2011)
University of Michigan
Instructor (1954–55); Assistant Professor (1954–55); Associate Professor (1959–64); full Professor 1964–69)