Honoring Outstanding Journalism

goldziher prize logo The Goldziher (gold-zi-air) Prize is an award for excellence in the coverage of Muslim Americans by an individual or team of U.S. journalists.

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

Meet our 2019 Goldziher Prize Winners at the Award Ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  Join us May 2nd at 6pm!

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2019 Winners


Leila Fadel

Leila Fadel, for Muslims in America: A New Generation, a groundbreaking, six-part series broadcast on National Public Radio. These intimate and surprising stories explore the unseen lives of U.S. Muslims at a time when anti-Islamic sentiment surpasses the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Hannah Allam Hannah Allam, for a yearlong series of BuzzFeed News articles that captures how external pressures are forcing internal debates among U.S. Muslims. These deeply reported stories, ranging from Here’s What Happens When Someone Burns Down Your Mosque to Inside A Summer Camp Where Kids Figure Out How To Be Muslim In America, reveal a community at once fearful and defiant as violence against Muslims rises.

Aymann Ismail

Aymann Ismail, for Who’s Afraid of Aymann Ismail?, a video series for Slate Magazine in which Mr. Ismail, a talented young journalist, meets with anti-Muslim activists, state legislators, and his own family to  find out if there really is anything to fear about American Muslims.


Sana Ullah Sana Ullah, for Places You’ll Pray, a collection of vibrant images of young American Muslims praying in public spaces outside of a mosque. The series was created by Ms. Ullah as a student at George Washington University, and these photos have since been published in Huffington Post, Fusion, Quartz and other outlets.  

Zainab Sultan and Si Chen Zainab Sultan and Si Chen, for Worthy of Love, a short documentary video produced by students at the Columbia School of Journalism. This is high caliber reporting on critical and taboo issues in Muslim American communities, which combines great storytelling and excellent production values.

For the 2019 competition, 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, partnered with the Religion News Foundation.

In 2017, The Goldziher Prize for journalists was created in response to rising fear and hateful actions toward Muslims, and seeks to counter these trends by recognizing and stimulating positive stories about Muslim Americans.

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Past Winners by Year




  • Prof. Dr. Josef  “Yousef” Waleed Meri, Allianz Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany for Jewish-Muslim Relations.


  • Rabbi Burton Visotzky,  Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, for his courageous and pioneering work in Jewish-Muslim Relations.


  • Professor Mark R. Cohen, Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East at Princeton University, for his scholarship which contributes significantly to understanding, reverence and common moral purpose between Jews and Muslims.