Michael Cook#


Michael Cook

Membership Number:5558
Membership type:FOREIGN
Main Country of Residence:UNITED STATES
Section:HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGY
Elected:2020
Homepage: https://nes.princeton.edu/people/michael-cook


Present and Previous Positions
  • Lecturer in Economic History with reference to the Middle East at SOAS and then Reader in the History of the Near and Middle East
  • 1986 Appointed Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University
  • Since 2007 Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies
  • Spring 1990 Guggenheim Fellow

Fields of Scholarship
  • Pre-Islamic Arabia, Quranic studies, early hadith studies
  • Life of the Prophet Muhammad and his Companions,
  • Islamic theology, ethics and law
  • Histories of the Umayyad, Abbasid and later Islamic dynasties,
  • History of Arabia and Wahhabism
  • Politics of Hindu, Christian, and Islamic fundamentalism (both medieval and modern)

Honours and Awards
  • 2019 Balzan Prize for Islamic Studies
  • (hon) Doctorate of Literature by University of St Andrews
  • Fellow of the British Academy
  • 2001 Member of the American Philosophical Society and received the Albert Hourani Book Award.
  • Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received several awards, including the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Mellon Foundation, the Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities at Princeton
  • Farabi Award in the Humanities and Islamic Studies
  • 2014 Holberg Prize


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