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Sponsored by the Study of Islam Section, American Academy of Religion:
Below is a list of positions in Islamic studies starting Fall 2011. Applications for these positions come due in Fall 2010 or Spring 2011.

You should also consult the employment listings compiled by the Middle East Studies Association.

Beloit College

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies

Beloit College invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies to begin August 15, 2012. The successful candidate will hold a PhD in one of the following fields: Arabic language and literature, international relations, religious studies, history, or anthropology. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to teach first-year Arabic and have teaching and research interests in a field related to Islamic Studies or an area of the world in which Islam is widely practiced. Funded by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest/Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Teacher Scholar program, this full-time position offers a two-year appointment with a teaching load of three courses per year. This interdisciplinary position will be housed in the Department of Modern Languages, but will contribute to disciplines beyond Modern Languages as appropriate to the fellow’s disciplinary field. The Fellow will receive one-on-one mentoring from the department chair in Modern Languages, as well as ample opportunity to pursue professional development as both a teacher and scholar.

Beloit College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college that emphasizes experiential learning, international perspectives, and interdisciplinary exploration. The College prizes excellence in teaching and promotes close collaboration between faculty and students. Located in southern Wisconsin, Beloit College enrolls 1250 students from 47 states and 38 countries, with 80% of the student body coming from outside the state of Wisconsin. Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference to ACM/Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow Search Committee, Dean’s Office,Beloit College, Beloit, WI 53511. Email inquiries can be directed to Application deadline: November 1, 2011. Beloit College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity and urges all interested individuals to apply.

Brigham Young University

Professor of Modern Middle East History (tenure-track)

History (Open Field & Open Rank): Continuing faculty status (BYU equivalent of "tenure") track appointment at Brigham Young University, to begin August 2012, with preference for a specialist in Modern Middle East History. PhD required. Teaching load will include history survey courses, courses in field of specialization, and other core courses for the History and area studies majors. Those with a strong research agenda and exceptional teaching ability are encouraged to apply. Salary commensurate with experience and rank. BYU is an equal opportunity employer. Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Potential applicants may visit the University's web page at

Applicants must apply on-line and attach current curriculum vitae. In addition, send letter of application, two writing samples, transcript(s), recent teaching evaluations, and three letters of recommendation to: Search Committee, Dept. of History, Brigham Young University, 2130 JFSB, Provo, UT 84602.

Application deadline: October 15, 2011.

Search Committee c/o Julie Radle
BYU History Department
2130 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602

Harvard Divinity School

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society

Harvard University’s Faculty of Divinity seeks to make a full-time, tenured appointment to the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Chair in Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society. We seek a scholar whose work engages the social, intellectual, and/or political dimension(s) of contemporary Islamic religious life and its modern historical background, with specialization in either Sub-Saharan Africa or Southeast Asia. The candidate should demonstrate a deep understanding of the historical, social, and cultural contexts of Islamic institutions, movements, and ideas in his/her region of focus, with emphasis on the 18th-century to the present. The candidate should be also conversant with the broader, global history of Islamic religion and culture.

Applicants should be competent in the appropriate research languages and be able to teach and advise at the doctoral and master's levels. Applicants should also be able to contribute to the Divinity School's degree programs, including its multi-religious Master of Divinity program, and be familiar with forms of analysis that address race, gender, and social location. In addition to students in the Divinity School, the successful candidate will also teach undergraduates and doctoral students in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity, affirmative-action employer and encourages applications from and nominations of women and/or ethnic minority candidates.

Letters of nomination should be sent to: Islamic Search Committee, c/o Matthew B. Turner, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138, or via email to:

A letter of application and current curriculum vitae are required of all candidates. Preference is given to online applications made at: Applications may also be submitted via postal or electronic mail to the addresses above. Review of applications will begin in September and continue throughout November 2011.

Texas A&M University

International Affairs of the Middle East (Assistant or Associate Professor)

The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor with expertise in the international affairs of the Middle East, with strong preference for a scholar with expertise on the Gulf region and its security. Successful applicants must have a PhD by the beginning of employment in September 2012 and demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and research on contemporary international politics in the region and the relations among these states and other key actors.

Texas A&M University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to diversity. For further information on the Bush School, see Send a formal letter of application, curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation to: Ms. Janeen Wood, George Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University, 4220 TAMU, College Station TX 77843-4220.

Deadline: October 15, 2011 begins review; open until filled.

University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Outreach Post-doctoral Felloship on Islamic Civilization (full-tim, fixed term)

SALARY SCALE: £29,853 - £38,951 GRADE: UE07

The HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World is seeking to appoint an Outreach Post-Doctoral Fellow to assist in the implementation of its Outreach Programme and its Research activities in the field of Islamic Civilisation. This term is broadly understood, so that it could include any aspect of Science (e.g. mathematics, geography, or astronomy), Medicine, Art (e.g. calligraphy) and Architecture, Philosophy, Literature, or any other aspect of culture, including the transmission of knowledge from the World of Islam to other cultures.

Context: the Alwaleed Centre

The HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World ( is a new Centre within the University of Edinburgh, devoted to outreach and knowledge transfer in the field of Islamic Studies. It is part of a network of Centres established by the HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Foundation, currently two in the United States (Harvard and Georgetown), two in the United Kingdom (Edinburgh and Cambridge), and two in the Middle East (the American University of Beirut and the American University in Cairo), which are devoted to the improvement of mutual understanding between the Muslim World and the West. The Centre's Director is Professor Hugh Goddard.

The six key objectives of the Centre are:
  • To improve radically knowledge and understanding of Islamic civilisation and of Muslims in Britain among policy-makers, the general public, and students of all ages in the UK through a comprehensive educational outreach programme, and by helping to integrate the study of Islamic civilisation into the school curriculum
  • To advance tolerance, mutual understanding and cross-cultural dialogue between Islam and the West by building new partnerships with institutions in the Muslim world, and with mosques and madrasas within the UK
  • To foster intellectual curiosity and build educational excellence among young Diaspora Muslims in the United Kingdom
  • To create the UK's leading resource for expertise on Islam in the modern world, based on the integration of the study of Islamic civilisation and issues relating to Islam in modern Britain
  • To produce, on a self-sustaining basis, a world-class cadre of researchers at the postgraduate and post-doctoral levels by providing studentships and fellowships designed to feed into the next generation of academics as well as the public and private sectors
  • To establish a model partnership network with Muslim and other universities around the world, both within and outside the Arab world, that creates new opportunities for knowledge transfer and fosters collaborative research
To realise these objectives, outreach activities, at the local, national and international levels, such as conferences, workshops, lectures, study days, summer schools, roadshows, and courses, for policy-makers, business leaders, the media, teachers, students of all ages (including in schools), and members of the public are planned, with a focus on (a) Islamic civilisation; (b) Muslims in Britain; and (c) the relationship between the Muslim World and the West.

Job description

The Centre is now seeking to appoint an Outreach Post-Doctoral Fellow to assist in the implementation of its Outreach Programme and its Research activities in the field of Islamic Civilisation. This is a fixed (three year) appointment, which would be ideal for a recent PhD graduate. The successful candidate will be expected to be Edinburgh-based, and to contribute to the Centre's Outreach Programme, in schools, among the general public, and among policy-makers and the media, through lectures and presentations at study days, in conferences and symposia, in summer schools, both within and beyond the university, and also through the preparation of material for the Centre's website. He/she will also be expected to conduct and present research on Islamic Civilisation, and to contribute to the development of the Centre's website, in collaboration with the Outreach Projects Manager (Mr Tom Lea) and the Administrative and Outreach Officer (Ms Rosie Mellor). The approximate time allocation for the Fellowship is 70% research and 30% outreach, and there may also be opportunities to contribute to teaching within the university.

Essential qualifications

A PhD on a relevant topic Excellent presentation and communication skills Good organisational skills Ability to work in a team Enthusiasm for communicating to a wide variety of audiences Diplomacy, including religious, cultural and political sensitivity The ability to work to deadlines Prioritisation of tasks and conflicting deadlines A willingness to be flexible and work non standard hours, if required Ability and willingness to travel internationally, potentially at short notice Desirable qualifications Experience in explaining research to a wide variety of audiences, both within and beyond a university context. Knowledge of a relevant language (e.g. Arabic, Persian, Turkish, or Urdu) Experience in designing material for websites Experience of working with the media


1st October 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter


The University of Edinburgh has been instrumental in shaping history for over 400 years. An exciting, vibrant, research led academic community we offer opportunities to work with leading international academics whose visions are shaping tomorrow's world. Our 22 Schools, spread across 3 Colleges, offer over 350 undergraduate and 160 postgraduate courses to more than 20,000 students each year. As a member of staff, you will not only be part of one of the World's top Universities, but also part of one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 10,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.


Appointment will be made on grade UE07, current salary scale £29,972 - £35,788 per annum.

Application procedure

We encourage applicants to apply online at You will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit your CV and letter of application as attachments.

If you do not have access to a computer you can call the University's recruitment line on 0131 650 2511 for an application pack. This will be posted to you to complete and return. If using this method, please return your application materials to Professor Hugh Goddard, The Alwaleed Centre, The University of Edinburgh, 16 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Hugh Goddard, the Director of the Alwaleed Centre (

Please quote vacancy reference:?

Closing date: 1 August 2011

The interviews for the Post-Doctoral Fellowships will be held on Thursday 1st September 2011. Candidates invited for interview will be required to make a short presentation on their research plans, and on the contribution which they could make to the Centre's Outreach Programme.

If you have not heard from us by Thursday 25th August you can assume your application was unsuccessful.


These particulars are issued by Human Resources, 9-16 Chambers Street, Edinburgh. They are intended to represent an accurate description of the duties at the time of writing, although this accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The University reserves the right to vary these particulars or make no appointment at all. Neither in part nor in whole do these particulars form any contract between the University and any individual.

University of Oxford

Faculty of Oriental Studies, two full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistants

Grade 7: Salary £29,099 - £35,788 p.a.

The University of Oxford proposes to appoint two full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistants from 1 October 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter for a period of four years.

These are temporary appointments to work on a major research project funded by the European Research Council entitled "From Late Medieval to Early Modern: 13th to 16th Century Islamic Philosophy and Theology" (IMPAcT) under the direction of the Principal Investigator, Dr Judith Pfeiffer. The principal duties of the posts are to contribute to the project and conduct independent research, the details of which can be found in the further particulars (see below).

Applicants should, by the time of appointment, hold or expect to hold a doctorate or equivalent qualifications in Islamic Studies, Middle or Near Eastern Studies or another relevant field of study; have a primary expertise in Islamic philosophy and/or theology or other relevant areas of Islamicate intellectual history, preferably with a focus on the later middle/early modern periods of Islam; have a high command of at least two Islamicate languages from among Arabic, Persian, or Ottoman Turkish, and of two European working languages in addition to English; have experience in or be willing to attend requisite IT training courses; have sufficient palaeographical skills to work with Islamic manuscripts; be able to demonstrate that their research output will be of the highest order; be willing to travel to, and live and carry out research for extended periods in, the Middle East, Europe, and/or North America; and be able to work effectively both independently and as part of a small team.

Informal enquires are encouraged and may be made to Dr Judith Pfeiffer (email:

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below: ec?p_id=100365

Applicants are also asked to arrange for three letters of reference to reach the faculty by the closing date for applications, which is 12.00 noon on Monday 27 June 2011.

Interviews will be held in Oxford as soon as possible after the closing date and not later than Friday, 15 July 2011. It is expected that all short-listed candidates will be interviewed on the same day, and the interview will include a presentation to the selection committee. All reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed, and accommodation will be arranged by the faculty if necessary. Applicants requiring a visa to enter the UK are urged to make visa appointments with the UK Border Agency Visa Services early on to ensure that they are able to travel to Oxford by the time of the interview. For further information, see Should you experience any difficulties using the online application system, please email In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to submit the application material by other means; please direct enquiries to

Yale University

Professor of History of the Middle East in the 20th century (tenure-track)

The Yale University Department of History intends to make a tenure-track assistant professor appointment, to begin July 1, 2012, focusing on the history of the Middle East in the 20th century. The successful candidate must possess demonstrable skills in one or more of the major languages of the region. Applications are invited from historians with strong potential for achievement in scholarship, undergraduate and graduate teaching, and intellectual leadership. Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women and underrepresented minorities. Ph.D. expected. Application, C.V., statement of research and teaching interests, a writing sample, and three letters of reference should be sent to Professor Abbas Amanat, Middle East History Search, c/o Dana Lee, Department of History, Yale University, P.O. Box 208324, New Haven, CT 06520-8324. The review of applications will begin September 1, 2011.


Dana Lee
Department of History
Yale University
P.O. Box 208324
New Haven, CT 06520-8324

Zentrum Moderner Orient

Five Research Positions (2 year fixed term)

ZMO wishes to particularly encourage applications with a regional focus on Africa and Southeast Asia. In addition to the disciplines already represented at ZMO, we encourage specialists from other disciplines such as Sociology, Cultural Geography and Economic History/Economic Anthropology to apply. Working language at ZMO is English.

Deadline for application 15 September 2011

Further information

Zentrum Moderner Orient & Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures & Societies, Berlin

16 Visiting Research Fellowships

ZMO and BGSMCS are inviting applications as Visiting Research Fellows for the calendar year of 2012. We are interested in attracting outstanding researchers who are engaged in research projects that are relevant to the respective research profiles at ZMO ( and BGSMCS (

Deadline: 15 September 2011

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