Professor Garth Fowden FBA

Intellectual currents and imperial horizons in the first millennium CE, from Augustus to Avicenna, Central Asia to the Atlantic. Emergent Islam in its late antique context

Elected 2015

Garth Fowden was the Sultan Qaboos Professor of Abrahamic Faiths in the University of Cambridge from 2013 to 2020. After his DPhil in Modern History from the University of Oxford, Fowden held research fellowships at Cambridge and taught briefly at Groningen, and subsequently on several occasions as a visiting professor at Princeton. But the greater part of his career (1985-2013) was spent working on late antique and early Islamic history at the National Research Foundation in Athens. He is now composing a wide-ranging synthesis of his work in these traditionally separate areas of scholarly activity, within the framework of a new historical periodisation, the First Millennium from Augustus to Avicenna.

Current post

Institute of Historical Research, National Research Foundation, Athens Senior Research Director

Jan 2013 -

Past appointments

University of Cambridge Sultan Qaboos Professor of Abrahamic Faiths

Sep 2013 - Sep 2020

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