Inaugural Gingko Collaboration Prize awarded for Online Scriptural Reasoning Project and Study of Religious Majority Attitudes towards Minorities in Ghana and Egypt

On 28th July 2020 Gingko awarded two prizes for its inaugural Gingko Fellowship Collaboration Prize. This new initiative is designed to foster meaningful and collaborative projects between Gingko Fellows across religious and cultural divides.

Gingko Fellowship Collaboration Prize Feedback Session with JudgesThe two prizes were awarded to Doaa Baumi and Joel Pierce for their online scriptural reasoning project, to be offered virtually to undergraduate students during the 2020-21 academic year, and to Emmanuel Kwame Tettey (from Ghana) and Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour (from Egypt), who will conduct a research project focusing on religious majority attitudes towards minorities in Ghana and Egypt.

The prizes were awarded virtually via Zoom, with all three judges – former UK ambassador to Egypt John Casson, Professor Mona Siddiqui and Canon Anthony Ball of St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey – present. On awarding the prize, chair of judges John Casson praised the scholarship, leadership and comradeship demonstrated by these outstanding fellows. All three judges offered feedback on the two winning proposals, and made suggestions for increasing their impact.

Both pairs of Fellows will report on the progress of their activities to the wider network of Gingko Fellows at the 2021 Gingko Fellowship Retreat in Cairo. The 2021 Gingko Fellowship Retreat will be particularly important as it will not only mark the culmination of the first cycle of retreats, but also a new chapter which will see an expansion of the Fellowship.