DISTINGUISHED AND BRILLIANT SCHOLAR, PIONEER IN THE STUDY OF THE VISUAL CULTURE OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD, EXEMPLARY MENTOR, AND BELOVED PROFESSOR
OLEG GRABAR, professor emeritus of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and Aga Khan Professor emeritus at Harvard University passed away the morning of January 8, 2011 at his home in Princeton, NJ. Recently awarded the Chairman’s Award of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, he was also recipient of the Charles Freer Medal, and many other honors.
Grabar transformed the fields of Islamic art, architecture and archaeology through his myriad scholarly works, general textbooks, and through training and inspiring many generations of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Michigan and at Harvard. He was the noted author of more than 30 books and innumerable articles.
Among his best-known works are Formation of Islamic Art, Illustrations of the Maqamat, The Alhambra, Great Mosque of Isfahan, Mediation of Ornament, Mostly Miniatures, Shape of the Holy, Dome of the Rock, Penser l’art Islamique, and Masterpieces of Islamic Art: The Decorated Page from the 8th to the 17th century.
Working alone, or in collaboration with students and colleagues, he directed excavations, developed exhibitions, inaugurated professional associations, administered academic departments and research institutions. His impact has been felt worldwide, from the level of the undergraduate classroom to circles dealing with cultural policy and politics.
– Renata Holod