James Henry Breasted Prize Recipients
This prize, named in honor of James Henry Breasted, a pioneer in ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern history and president of the Association in 1928, is awarded for the best book in English on any field of history prior to the year 1000 CE. The prize was first awarded in 1985. Until 1999, it rotated annually among the following geographical areas: Near East and Egypt; Far East and South Asia; Africa, North America, and Latin America; and Europe.
2016 Breasted Prize
Hina Azam, Univ. of Texas at Austin
Sexual Violation in Islamic Law: Substance, Evidence, and Procedure (Cambridge Univ. Press)
Azam’s compelling, scholarly rigorous, and timely monograph traces the complex evolution of two divergent schools of juristic writing (Maliki and Hanafi) on sexual violation during the first six centuries of Islam. Carefully analyzing the profound and lasting consequence for women and jurists of considering rape either a crime of property and hence requiring economic justice, or a moral transgression and hence undermining the sanctity of marriage, Azam composes an elegant account of the interpretation of Islamic moral law as an ongoing process.