The Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS UK), is a non-profit organization based in London and committed to the development of perspectives on contemporary local and global issues through research, scholarship, conferences and publications.
The Award was presented by Dr. Anas S. Al-Shaikh-Ali, CBE Chair, AMSS UK, who stated:
“It is a great pleasure to give this Award to Sir Jack Goody who fully deserves it in recognition of his outstanding scholarship as well as pioneering work to raise awareness of the contributions of other cultures, societies and civilizations to Europe and the world. Professor Goody’s two recent works The Theft of History and Renaissances: The One or the Many? are testament to his tremendous insight and erudition. At 92 years of age Professor Goody’s drive and energy remain strong as he continues to write, study, and present lectures.”
The event was organised by:
• The Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS UK)
• The Democracy and Islam Programme, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster
• HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge
Previous distinguished recipients of the Building Bridges Award:
Charles Le Gai Eaton (2003), Karen Armstrong (2004), The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams (2005), Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero of Spain and Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan of Turkey (2006), Professor Ekmeledin Ihsnaoglu, Secretary General of the OIC (2007), A Common Word (2008), the British Council’s ‘Our Shared Europe’ Project and ‘1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World’ (2009), Professor Ahmet Davutoglu (2010).