Past Faculty

Oleg Grabar

School of Historical Studies
Islamic Art and Culture
Historical Studies
Field of Study
Islamic Art and Culture

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
  • Historical Studies
  • Historical Studies
Princeton University Ph.D., 1955
Harvard University B.A., 1950
University of Paris Certificats de licence, 1948
Chairman’s Award (Aga Khan Award for Architecture) 2010
Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art (College Art Association) 2005
Charles Lang Freer Medal 2001
Giorgio Levi Della Vida Medal, University of California, Los Angeles 1996
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
Institute for Advanced Study 1990–2011 Professor (1990–98); Professor Emeritus (1998–2011)
Harvard University 1969–2011 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 1954–1969 Instructor (1954–55); Assistant Professor (1954–55); Associate Professor (1959–64); full Professor 1964–69)