Chase F. Robinson
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Chase F. Robinson

Chase F. Robinson is a historian of Islam, who is currently Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian Institution.[1][2] Prior to assuming this role, he served as President and Distinguished Professor at The Graduate Center at City University of New York. He was formerly a fellow of Wolfson College at the University of Oxford from 1993 until 2008.[3] Robinson received his bachelor's degree from Brown University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University[permanent dead link].[4] Fluent in French, he spent his junior year of high school at School Year Abroad's France campus, and has additionally studied at The American University in Cairo and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the editor of the first volume of The New Cambridge History of Islam.[5]

Selected publications

  • Empire and Elites after the Muslim Conquest: The Transformation of Northern Mesopotamia. Cambridge, 2000.
  • Islamic Historiography. Cambridge, 2003.
  • A Medieval Islamic City Reconsidered: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Samarra. Oxford, 2001.
  • Texts, Documents and Artefacts: Islamic Studies in Honour of D.S. Richards. Brill, Leiden, 2003.
  • Abd al-Malik. Oxford, 2005.
  • The Legacy of the Prophet: The Middle East and Islam, 600-1300. Cambridge, 2009.
  • The New Cambridge History of Islam: Volume 1, The Formation of the Islamic World, Sixth to Eleventh Centuries. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010. (Editor)
  • Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives: The First 1,000 Years. University of California Press, 2016.[3]ISBN 9780520292987


  1. ^ Libbey, Peter (2018-08-21). "New Director Is Named for the Freer and Sackler Galleries". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  2. ^ McGlone, Peggy (August 21, 2018). "CUNY grad school president to lead Smithsonian's Freer/Sackler". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives. University of California Press. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  4. ^ Chase F. Robinson. City University of New York. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  5. ^ The New Cambridge History of Islam. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 26 November 2016.

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