James Henry Breasted Prize
Established in 1985 and named in honor of James Henry Breasted, a pioneer in ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern history and president of the Association in 1928, this prize is offered for the best book in English in any field of history prior to CE 1000. The prize was endowed by Joseph O. Losos, a longtime member of the Association. The general rules for submission are:
- Only books of a high scholarly nature should be submitted. Research accuracy, originality, and literary merit are important factors.
- Only books bearing an imprint of 2013 will be considered.
- In addition to sending a copy of each prize entry to members of the selection committee, please complete the Data Collection Form and include information about each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each of the following committee members. Entries must be postmarked by or on MAY 15, 2014, to be eligible for the 2014 competition.
Contact information for judges will be posted by March 30, 2014.
Please Note: The deadline for submission of entries is Thursday, May 15, 2014. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 2–5, 2015, AHA annual meeting in New York City.
Important! Each entry must be clearly labeled “Breasted Prize Entry.”
For questions, please contact the Book Prize Administrator, or write to the AHA at the following address (please note that prize entries are not mailed to the AHA; rather, to committee members): American Historical Association, 400 A St. SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.
2013 Breasted Prize
Patricia Crone, Institute for Advanced Study
The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran: Rural Revolt and Local Zoroastrianism (Cambridge Univ. Press)
Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources and scholarship, this sophisticated study enriches, deepens, and complicates our understanding of the interconnected political and religious dynamics of the Middle East and Central Asia over a sweep of centuries. Filled with insights relevant to the history of religion in general, it specifically casts completely new light on the religious beliefs and socio-political aspirations of the Iranian countryside as it passed from Sassanian Zoroastrian to Arab Islamic control.