Classical Islamic World Book Prize

Gorgias Press is delighted to host the annual international Classical Islamic World Book Prize (CIW). Based on the decision of an internationally renowned panel of scholars, the CIW recognises three exceptional early-career contributions to the academic study of the classical Islamic world. In particular, the CIW invites scholars from across the world to submit unpublished monographs that are either revised PhD theses or first Postdoctoral monographs. 

Now entering its third year, CIW book prize announces its winners each year in September. Authors of winning submissions are awarded an inscribed plaque, a contract to publish their monograph under Gorgias Press’ Islamic History and Thought Series (optional), and $500 worth of Gorgias Press publications. Prizes are also awarded to second and third place submissions. The panel of judges is as follows:

Dr Maher Jarrar – American University of Beirut

Dr Harry Munt – University of York

Dr Ahmed El Shamsy – University of Chicago

Dr Adam Talib – University of Durham

Dr. George Kiraz, Editor-in-Chief of Gorgias Press, said:

‘‘The Classical Islamic World prize is an important part of Gorgias’ longstanding commitment to supporting unique and valuable research on both the Islamic world and the wider Near East across Late Antiquity. Most importantly, the prize will highlight and support the important work being carried out by young academics at a point in their careers when such support is most needed.’’

To enter a submission, please send the following information, in pdf format, to

– Covering Letter: This should include your name, contact details/affiliation(s), and the names/affiliations of your supervisors, if applicable.

– Letter of Support: In a maximum of 700 words, provide an abstract of your thesis/monograph and describe what unique contribution your book makes to the field.

– References (optional): Provide up to two letters of support from supervisors, or established specialists in the field who are familiar with your book, on the originality and value of the work. 

– CV

– The manuscript

The deadline for submissions will be Sunday 31st MARCH 2019 (midnight). For more information about the CIW, the submission guidelines and criteria, and the judging process, please contact Gorgias Press’ Islamic Studies editor:

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