Holberg 2014 Ceremony and Lecture: Dr. Michael Cook, Princeton University

At this Holberg Award Ceremony and Lecture, 2014 Holberg prize recipient Historian Michael Cook spoke of his work on the history of the Islamic world and Islam in history. In his brief presentation, Cook gave a rare inflective autobiographical sketch into his early ventures in archeology and how other early formative “mental habits” impacted his work as a British historian. The task of the historian, much like that of the archeologist, he described, is to “reconstitute the past from the fragmentary evidence that survives from it”.