Michael Cook, a renowned historian of the early Islamic world, has been awarded the Holberg Prize for excellence in the Humanities. Prof. Cook has written or co-written several important books in our field, including Hagarism, Early Muslim Dogma, Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islamic Thought, and Muhammad.
This is his acceptance speech: witty, humble and apt.
It’s gratifying to see someone from our field recognised by the community of humanists at large. As I’ve said before, and as Prof. Cook mentions in his speech, the study of Islam long kept its distance from the mainstream of History and the Humanities. Things have improved dramatically over the past generation, and Prof. Cook deserves some of the credit for this.