The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) has awarded Kristen Ghodsee, author of Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Transformation of Islam in Postsocialist Bulgaria, the 2010 Heldt Prize!
Tone Bringa, author of Being Muslim the Bosnian Way, declared Ghodsee’s book a “much-needed contribution” to literature about postcommunist Bulgaria. “Finally, a thoughtful case study of the influence of Islamic aid organizations among the Muslim minority populations in Eastern Europe and the Balkans,” Bringa wrote. “Kristen Ghodsee describes the changes that have taken place in the practice of Islam among the Pomaks, the indigenous Slav Muslims of Bulgaria. Her book reads like a detective story of why the Muslims of one particular town turned toward the new orthodox and ‘foreign’ Islam of mainly Saudi-inspired imams and proselytizing aid workers.”
Of all the works nominated for the prize, the AWSS decided that Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe was the best best in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women’s studies. Congratulations, Kristen!
For a list of other PUP books that have recently won prizes, click here!