Leiden / Boston – 20 March 2012

Brill is honored to accept the “Sheikh Zayed Book Award” for publishing and distribution excellence in Middle East and Islamic Studies. Brill will receive UAD 750,000, which will be used to establish a fellowship for students and scholars, and to invest in future innovative publishing projects to further Brill’s contribution to the research and study of literature, culture, history and social science in Middle East and Islamic Studies.

Brill was awarded the prize based on an evaluation of its publishing activities in Middle East and Islamic Studies over the past three years. Major works include the Encyclopaedia of Islam, which, in its third edition, serves as the preeminent work in the field, and the award-winning Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, both of which are available in print and online. The publishing program also covers topics such as Islamic manuscripts, Islamic art, social science, history, culture and gender studies. Recently, Brill digitized 110,000 Middle Eastern manuscripts in collaboration with Leiden University Libraries to publish Middle Eastern Manuscripts Online 1, the first of an extensive online primary source collection. With these recent efforts Brill continues a long tradition as a publishing house with a successful program in Middle East and Islamic Studies; some of Brill’s landmark publications in this area date back as far as the 18th century.

Publishing Manager Joed Elich and Acquisitions Editor Maurits van den Boogert will accept the award in Abu Dhabi at the award ceremony on 29 March. “We see the award as an  acknowledgement of the variety of our publishing activities in Middle East and Islamic Studies over the years,” says Elich.  “We look forward to using the prize money to continue our efforts to explore and preserve all aspects of Islamic history and culture.”

More information: Maurits van den Boogert, email:, phone: + 31 71 5353500

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