Patricia Crone
Andrew W. Mellon Professor
School of Historical

Patricia Crone’s scholarly and intellectual activities concentrate on the history of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, circa 630 to 900, when a recognized Islamic culture appeared and subsequently rose to dominate the area from Spain to the frontiers of China and India. Through numerous books, including Meccan Trade and the Rise of Islam (1987), and God’s Rule: Government and Islam, Six Hundred Years of Islamic Political Thought (2004), as well as published papers, Crone’s work has challenged long-held explanations and provided new approaches for the social, economic, legal and religious patterns that transformed Late Antiquity.

Ph.D., School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1974; Senior Research Fellow, Warburg Institute, University of London, 1974-77; University of Oxford, University Lecturer in Islamic History, Fellow of Jesus College, 1977-90; University of Cambridge, Assistant University Lecturer, Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, 1990-92, University Lecturer in Islamic Studies, 1992-94, University Reader in Islamic History, 1994-97; Institute for Advanced Study, Andrew W. Mellon Professor, 1997-.

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