The Moseley Prize

The Moseley Prizes, which were established by Thomas Moseley of Hyde Park in 1872, are awarded annually. Prizes will be awarded for substantial essays, term papers, or honors theses that take a scholarly approach to the study of religion. The approach may be historical, literary, philosophical or scientific, but the focus of the submission must be on a subject matter that falls within the purview of the field of Religious Studies (or a pattern of religious thought, sensibility, or conduct). Although the prizes are most often awarded to honors theses, relevant term papers and substantial essays written specifically for this competition will also be considered. 

Interested students are invited to consult Professor Tariq Jaffer, Chair of the Moseley Committee and Religion Department, for further information regarding this competition. Please submit one copy of your entry no later than noon on Monday, May 11, 2020 to


Winners of the Moseley Prize 2020

First Prize

Nathaniel Scott Corley
"The "Art of Visible Speech": Illustration as Exegesis in Botticelli's Commedia
Muhammad Aqiil Gopee 
The Qur'an and Scriptural World-Building

Second Prize

Sarah Noelle Duggan
A Coupling of Qur'anic and Hadith Sources: Outlining the Normative for Women in the Early Period by Tracing the Abnormal
Matthew Tenzin Namgyal Yarnall
Cortisol Communities: Stress, The Balkan Wars (1912-1913), and the Socioeconomic, Demographic, and Psychophysical Origins of Turkish Nationalism in the Late Ottoman Empire