2016 Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion

2016 Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion and Honorable Mention

The Society for the Anthropology of Religion was proud to award the following prize at the 115th AAA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis:

The Clifford Geertz Prize Award


The Geertz Prize seeks to encourage excellence in the anthropology of religion by recognizing an outstanding recent book in the field.  The prize is named in honor of the late Professor Clifford Geertz, in recognition of his many distinguished contributions to the anthropological study of religion.  In awarding the Prize, the Society hopes to foster innovative scholarship, the integration of theory with ethnography, and the connection of the anthropology of religion to the larger world. For more information about the award and a list of previous winners and honorable mentions, please visit http://sar.americananthro.org/activities/geertz/.

First Prize:

Saba Mahmood

Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report

(Princeton University Press 2015)

Honorable Mention:

James Hoesterey 

Rebranding Islam: Piety, Prosperity, and a Self-Help Guru

(Stanford University Press 2015)

In addition to the winner and runner-up titles, the Society for the Anthropology of Religion recognized the following four books as finalists for the 2016 Clifford Geertz Prize:

Shahab Ahmed 2015. What is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Yolanda Covington-Ward 2015. Gesture and Power: Religion, Nationalism, and Everyday Performance in Congo. Durham: Duke University Press.

Valentina Napolitano 2015. Migrant Hearts and the Atlantic Return: Transnationalism and the Roman Catholic Church. New York: Fordham University Press.

Bhrigupati Singh 2015. Poverty and the Quest for Life: Spiritual and Material Striving in Rural India. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

CONGRATULATIONS to these scholars for continuing to improve the anthropology of religion!