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Alumnae of the Interfaith Alliance at Merrimack College. Photo by Kevin Salemme



Alumnae of the Interfaith Alliance at Merrimack College. Photo by Kevin Salemme

The Goldziher (Gold-zi-air) Prize is an award for excellence
in the coverage of American Muslims by an
individual or team of U.S. journalists.

The Goldziher Prize was created in response to the rising fear and hateful actions toward American Muslims. The Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College, an independent college in the Catholic Augustinian tradition, and the William and Mary Greve Foundation seek to publicly recognize and stimulate stories or opinion pieces about Muslims in the U.S.

This competition is named for Ignác Goldziher (1850-1921), a Hungarian Jew who was one of the first university scholars in Europe to study and admire the laws, poetry, and practices of Islam.

Criteria for Entry:

  • Entries can be works in print, video or audio, and photographic essays, which were created after December 15, 2014.

  • We prefer entries that have been published, although we will accept new, unpublished works.

  • žPreference will be given to a series or collection of works. We especially encourage submissions that have had an impact on an individual, community, organization, or government agency.

Submissions will be accepted between Monday October 10, 2016 and Friday, December 9, 2016.  Early in 2017, a distinguished jury will judge the entries.  Winners will be announced on March 8, 2017, followed by a celebratory event in May 2017. 

A distinguished panel of journalists and scholars will award:

  • 1 Gold Goldziher Prize of $15,000

  • 1 Silver Goldziher Prize of $8,000

  • 1 Bronze Goldziher Prize of $2,000

If you have questions, contact us using the Contact form.  When you are ready to apply for the Goldziher Prize, read the Rules, then go to the Application Page.