Recent Prizes for Humanities Research at York

Posted on 21 February 2011

Three recent prizes for humanities books demonstrate the strength of research taking place at York on the history of religion.

Ziad Elmarsafy (Department of English and Related Literature) has been awarded the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize for his book, The Enlightenment Qur'an (Oneworld, 2009). Ziad's book explores the politics of translating the Quran in eighteenth-century Europe. The judges described it as 'a really clever book...and a fascinating read'.

Meanwhile, the American Historical Association has awarded the J. Russell Major Prize 2010 for the best work about French history to Stuart Carroll (Department of History) for Martyrs and Murderers: The Guise Family and the Making of Europe, published by Oxford University Press. Listen to an interview with Stuart about his book  

Finally, Kevin Killeen (Department of English and Related Literature) has won a prize for his monograph, Biblical Scholarship, Science and Politics in Early Modern England: Thomas Browne and the Thorny Place of Knowledge (Ashgate, 2009). The prize is awarded annually by the Council for College and University English for the best scholarly book in the field of English studies by an early-career academic. In July 2011, Kevin is organising a major international conference at York to mark 400 years since the publication of the King James Bible. For more information on 'The Bible in the Seventeenth Century' see