Patricia Crone

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Patricia Crone (1946-2015) was a scholar of religion who extensively examined the roots and evolution of Islam.

Patricia crone
OccupationProfessor and Author

Biography[edit | edit source]

Patricia Crone was born in Kyndelose, Denmark, on March 28 in 1945. She taught at Oxford and Cambridge before joining the Institute for Advanced Study, an independent research center, 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.

She was member of American Philosophical Society and Corresponding Fellow in British Academy.

Finally, she died on July 11 at her home in Princeton, N.J.

Educations[edit | edit source]

  • School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Ph.D., 1974
  • School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London B.A., 1969

Honorary Degrees[edit | edit source]

  • 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

Activities[edit | edit source]

  • Member of Faculty of Oriental Studies and Fellow of Conville and Caius College (1990–94) and University Reader (1994–97), in Cambridge University
  • Jesus College and University Lecturer and Fellow in Oxford University (1977–1990)
  • Senior Research Fellow in Warburg Institute in London University (1974–1977)

Honors[edit | edit source]

  • 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

Selected Publications[edit | edit source]

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