Michael Cook (historian)

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Michael Allan Cook (born in 1940) is a British historian and scholar of Islamic history.


He studied History and Oriental Studies at King's College, Cambridge 1959-1963 and did postgraduate studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London 1963-1966 under the supervision of Professor Bernard Lewis. He was lecturer in Economic History with reference to the Middle East at SOAS 1966-1984 and Reader in the History of the Near and Middle East 1984-1986. In 1986 he was appointed Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Since 2007 he has been Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in Spring 1990.[1]

Important Prizes and Nomination[edit]


  • Hagarism: The Making of the Islamic World, 1977, with Patricia Crone.
  • Muhammad (Past Masters), 1983.
  • The Koran: A Very Short Introduction, 2000.
  • Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islamic Thought, 2001 (Winner of the Albert Hourani Book Award).
  • Forbidding Wrong in Islam: An Introduction (Themes in Islamic History), 2003.
  • Early Muslim Dogma : A Source-Critical Study, 2003.
  • Studies in the Origins of Early Islamic Culture and Tradition, 2004.
  • A Brief History of the Human Race, 2005.
  • Ancient Religions, Modern Politics: The Islamic Case in Comparative Perspective, 2014


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