Carole Hillenbrand, honorary professorial fellow and professor of Islamic studies at the University of Edinburgh, will present "New Thoughts on the Assassins of Syria."
The lecture will take place in Adorjan Hall 142 at 3:00 p.m.
A wine and cheese reception will follow.
Hillenbrand was the head of the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh until 2008.
She is the author of numerous books, including The Waning of the Umayyad Caliphate (1989), A Muslim Principality in Crusader Times: The Artuqid State (1990), and Turkish Myth and Muslim Symbol: The Battle of Manzikert (2007). Her groundbreaking book, The Crusades: Islamic Perspectives (1999) was awarded the $200,000 King Faisal Intenational Prize in Islamic Studies.
She was the first non-Muslim ever to receive this honor.
Hillenbrand is a fellow at the British Academy and in 2009 was awarded the Order of the British Empire for Services to Higher Education. She is a frequent guest on news and documentary programs, where she provides insight into the history of Medieval Islam.
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