Field: Near Eastern Studies
Interests: Islamic history and culture
Michael Cook joined the Near Eastern Studies Department in 1986 after teaching for 20 years at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He stood in as acting director of the Center in 2018-19. His longest book is Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islamic Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2000), and one of his shortest is The Koran: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2000). Though neither book is devoted to Iran, its history and culture figure significantly in both. He is currently working on a one-volume history of the Muslim world from the beginning to around 1800. At an undergraduate level, he offers survey courses on Near Eastern and Islamic history, while his graduate teaching is designed to teach students how to work with pre-modern Arabic historical and religious texts. During much of his time at Princeton, he has served as director of graduate studies in his department.
Ancient Religions, Modern Politics: The Islamic Case in Comparative Perspective
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014.
The New Cambridge History of Islam
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islamic Thought
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
The Koran: A Very Short History
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000