Photo by Kevin Salemme, Alumnae of the Interfaith Alliance at Merrimack College.
The Goldziher Prize is an award for excellence in the coverage of American Muslims by an individual or team of U.S. journalists. InterAct created the Goldziher website, Facebook and Twitter and outreach campaign, and has been instrumental in successfully recruiting over one hundred applications for the prize. All together, over five hundred works of journalism in text, video, audio and photographs were submitted from sources that ranged from The New York Times and The New Yorker Magazine, to NPR and CBS News, to personal blogs and photo essays.
The Goldziher Prize was created in response to 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 created the prize to publicly recognize and stimulate stories or opinion pieces about Muslims in the U.S.
A distinguished panel of journalists and scholars decided the three winners in March 2017, followed by a celebratory event in May 2017. The 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.