Honoring Outstanding Journalism

goldziher prize logoThe 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 prize was created in 2010 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, and the William and Mary Greve Foundation, seek to publicly recognize and stimulate stories or opinion pieces about Muslims in the United States.

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.

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Criteria for Entry

  • Entries can include works in print; video or audio; and photographic essays.
  • We prefer entries that have been published, although we will accept new, unpublished works from students.
  • Preference 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.

2019 Prizes

  • Three Goldziher Prizes for professional journalists: $14,000 each

  • One Goldziher Honorable Mention for a professional journalist: $5,000

  • One Goldziher Prize for a journalism student: $3,000

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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.