The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies will welcome two distinguished scholars as incoming NEH Research Fellows with a reception at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. The reception will take place in the third floor common area, Adorjan Hall.
Carole Hillenbrand, professor of Islamic history at the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom, and Robert Hillenbrand, professional fellow at St. Andrews, will be scholars-in-residence at SLU for the remainder of the 2017-2018 academic year.
Carole Hillenbrand’s publications include The Waning of the Umayyad Caliphate (SUNY, 1989), The Crusades: Islamic Perspectives (Edinburgh, 1999), Turkish Myth and Muslim Symbol: The Battle of Manzikert (Edinburgh, 2007), and Islam: A New Historical Introduction (Thames and Hudson, 2015). She was the first non-Muslim ever to receive the King Faisal Prize for Islamic Studies. She is a fellow of the British Academy, a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and in 2009, was honored by Queen Elizabeth II with an appointment to the Officers of the Order of the British Empire. In 2016, she was awarded the British Academy's Prize for Transcultural Understanding.
Robert Hillenbrand is professor emeritus of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh and professorial fellow at the University of St. Andrews. His publications consist of more than 150 articles and numerous books, including Islamic Art and Architecture (Thames and Hudson, 1998), Islamic Architecture: Form, Function, and Meaning (Columbia, 2004), The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Abu Dhabi, 2010), and Studies in the Islamic Arts of the Book (Pindar, 2012). He has received the Alice David Hitchcock Medallion of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain and is a fellow of the British Academy. In 2006, he was awarded the Book of the Year prize of the Islamic Republic of Iran for his work, Shahnama: The Visual Language of the Book of Kings.
SLU faculty and graduate students are invited to the reception.