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About Patricia Crone

Patricia Crone was professor of Islamic history at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton until her death in July 2015

Articles by Patricia Crone

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

No pressure, then: religious freedom in Islam

The Quranic statement: “There is no compulsion in religion” – erupted into controversy again in 2006 when the Pope selected the most illiberal view of the text available. But when the thirty-eight Muslim scholars responded that he was wrong, they were necessarily misrepresenting history. To understand why they might wish to do this, we have to go back to 720-750 AD.

What do we actually know about Mohammed?

The early years of Islam compose an exciting field of current scholarship that is yielding fresh insights and understanding, says Patricia Crone, professor of Islamic history at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

(This article was first published on 31 August 2006)

'Jihad': idea and history

The notion of jihad is one of the most contested in the modern Islamic and political lexicon. In a four-part essay, Patricia Crone makes it comprehensible: by identifying its textual sources, examining how early Muslims translated it into practice, asking how they made sense of it ethically, and exploring its contemporary relevance.
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