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Lois Ibsen al-Faruqi Award
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Purpose: To recognize the scholarly contributions of a music scholar or institution in the Islamic world.

Eligibility: Any deserving music scholar or scholarly institution in the Islamic world.

Prize: A three-year gift membership in the Society for Ethnomusicology, with a subscription to Ethnomusicology, SEM Newsletter, and other member benefits. 

Regularity: Awarded biennially (odd years)

Administration: The Chair of the prize committee is appointed by the SEM President; the Chair appoints two other members of the committee in consultation with the SEM President. Whenever possible, at least one committee member should overlap between current and subsequent three-year terms. All committee members must be SEM members. The Chair will be responsible for monitoring the number of applicants in advance of the selection period and will encourage further applications when they are insufficient according to the committee's judgment.

Application Process: Nominations should be submitted through our new online application form. The form includes a file upload of a letter stating why the individual or institution should be considered for the prize. Criteria include an individual's or institution's contribution to Islamic music scholarship, or an institution's demonstrated interest in ethnomusicology; financial need will also be considered. Committee members may make nominations and solicit nominations from colleagues. Self-nominations will also be considered.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2021.

Submit Application at: Online application form. Address letter to Chair, Lois Ibsen al-Faruqi Prize Committee, Society for Ethnomusicology.



Dr. Ahmad Naser Sarmast and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. https://www.anim-music.org/


Amine Beyhom. http://foredofico.org/CERMAA/


Ahmad Al-Salhi. http://zeryab.com/E/index.htm.


Mahoor Institute of Culture and Art. https://www.mahoor.com/.


Centre for Arab and Mediterranean Music/Tunisia. http://www.cmam.tn/home/en/accueil.html.


The Egyptian Center for Culture and Art. http://www.egyptmusic.org.


Lok Virsa. National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Islamabad Pakistan. http://www.lokvirsa.org.pk/


Pusat Pengkajian Islam dan Masyarakat. Center for the Study of Islam and Society at National Islamic University, Jakarta Indonesia. http://ppim.uinjkt.ac.id/index.php/en/


College of Music Education. Helwan University, Cairo Egypt. http://www.helwan.edu.eg/musiceduen/


Dokuz Eykil University, Izmir Turkey. http://www.deu.edu.tr/deuwebv2/en/


Bir Zeit University on the West Bank. http://www.birzeit.edu/


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