Mark R. Cohen sets the bar by winning the first-ever Goldziher Prize

We’d like to congratulate PUP author Mark R. Cohen for winning the first-ever Goldziher Prize, presented by the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College, for Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages.

Named for the 19th century Islamicist, Ignác Goldziher, a Hungarian Jew “who revered Islam and Muslim people and validated Islamic studies in the 19th century European university context,” the prize announcement was made at an event at the Muslim American Society of Boston’s Islamic Cultural Center.  An official presentation will take place at a dinner at Brandeis University on October 6, 2010.

As the original recipient of the prize, Mark is setting a precedent for all those to follow.  Under Crescent and Cross is also a National Jewish Honor Book in Jewish History.

Find out more about the 2010 Goldziher Prize here.

For a complete list of recent award-winning Princeton University Press books, please click here.


  1. Jessica Pellien says:

    I keep mis-reading this as the Godzilla prize. sigh.

  2. Christina Lau says:

    Somehow, I don’t imagine Godzilla as he who “validated Islamic studies in the 19th century European university context.”

  3. Congratulations Mark, until the Godzilla Prize voting results are in, the Goldziher Prize will do.

  4. Jessica Pellien says:

    lol Shelby