Encyclopaedia of Islam (2nd edition) Dr. Emeri van Donzel received the Academy Medal of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen). Dr. Van Donzel was the general editor of the EI2.
The Academy Medal is awarded to persons who have made a particular contribution in the Netherlands to the flourishing of the sciences in a broad sense. Previous awards went to clavecinist Ton Koopman and founder of the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, Joost Ritman.
This title was also awarded for outstanding work in the field of international humanitarian law by Dr Marten Zwanenburg. The jury selected the study because of the wealth of legal material considered by the author, including State and organizational practice, which makes it an especially valuable contribution to the field.
Recipients of this prestigious award have in recent years included John Keegan, Brian Linn, Nicholas Lambert, Geoffrey Parker and Hew Strachan. This is however the first award in several years to be made for a work on pre-modern history.