By Samuel G. Freedman, author, professor and former New York Times columnist

This article was first published in the New York Times on May, 27 2016. Reprinted in 360 Review with permission. For a printed copy of 360 Review please register here.


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FreedHeadshot photo Samuel G. Freedmanman Awarded 2017 Goldziher Prize

Samuel G. Freedman won the 2017 Goldziher Prize for his coverage of Muslim Americans in his “On Religion” columns in the New York Times from 2010 to 2016—including the one reprinted here. The Goldziher Prize is awarded by the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, in collaboration with the William and Mary Greve Foundation.

Freedman worked as a staff reporter for The New York Times from 1981 through 1987. He wrote for “On Education” columns, which won first prize in the Education Writers Association’s annual competition, from 2004 through 2008. Freedman began writing the “On Religion” column in 2006 and recently retired from the New York Times.

“In my decade of writing the ‘On Religion’ column,” said Freedman, “one of my primary goals was to be a voice against Islamophobia, and to be that voice by bearing witness to the actual lives and history of our fellow citizens.”

From 2005 through 2009, Freedman was also a regular columnist on American Jewish issues for the The Jerusalem Post. He has contributed to numerous other publications and websites, including The New Yorker, Daily Beast, New York, Rolling Stone, USA Today, Salon, Tablet, The Forward and BeliefNet.