Professor Garth Fowden
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
- Classics, Religion
Garth Fowden has been the Sultan Qaboos Professor of Abrahamic Faiths in the University of Cambridge since 2013. After his D.Phil. 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 periodization, the First Millennium from Augustus to Avicenna.