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Patricia Crone

Past Faculty
School of Historical Studies

Islamic History


Historical Studies

Patricia Crone was Professor Emerita in the School of Historical Studies, where she served as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor from 1997 until her retirement in 2014. Crone’s insightful work, compellingly conveyed in her adventurous and unconventional style, shed important new light on the critical importance of the Near East—in particular on the cultural, religious and intellectual history of Islam—in historical studies. Her influence is strongly felt at the Institute, where, along with Oleg Grabar (1929–2011), Crone helped to establish the Institute as a recognized center for the pursuit of the study of Islamic culture and history.

Dates at IAS

School of Historical Studies
School of Historical Studies


School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London


Awards: Middle East Medievalists Lifetime Achievement Award 2014; 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; British-Kuwait Friendship Prize 2005
Editorships: Makers of the Muslim World, Founder and Editor 2002–15
Honorary Degrees: University of Cambridge, Honorary Member of Gonville and Caius College 2013; Leiden University, Honorary Doctorate 2013; University of Copenhagen, Honorary Doctorate 2009; Aarhus University, Faculty of Theology, Honorary Professor 2007
Memberships: American Philosophical Society, Member; British Academy, Corresponding Fellow


University of Cambridge
University Reader 1994–97, Faculty of Oriental Studies and Fellow of Conville and Caius College 1990–94
Jesus College, University of Oxford
University Lecturer and Fellow
Warburg Institute, University of London
Senior Research Fellow