Michael Cook

Michael Cook is a British historian and a scholar of Islamic history. He is the author of many books, including Hagarism: The Making of the Islamic World, 1977, with Patricia Crone, Muhammad (Past Masters), 1983, The Koran: A Very Short Introduction, Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islamic Thought, 2001, which won him the Albert Hourani Book Award, and A Brief History of the Human Race, 2005. He is the recipient of the Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities at Princeton in 2006, the Farabi Award in the Humanities and Islamic Studies in 2008, and the Holberg Prize in 2014.