“The Saudis watching the Iranians trying to break into northern Nigeria is almost like watching someone else try to befriend your best friend,” said Ini Dele-Adedeji, a Nigerian academic at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, referring to the region’s religious elites that have aligned themselves with the kingdom.
1.Conference: “Regime-Critical Media and Arab Diaspora: Challenges and Opportunities Post-Arab Spring,” University of Copenhagen, 5-6 September 2019
The overall questions are: how do regime-critical media produced for the Middle Eastern or North-African audiences meet new challenges and opportunities? How do Middle Eastern and North-African diaspora groups mobilize politically and engage in transnational political activities? How does the audiences’ use of regime-critical media influences political action formation in diaspora?
Deadline for registration: 4 August 2019.
2. Workshop: “God’s Justice and Animal Welfare”, Department for Islamic-Religious Studies, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, 13-14 December 2019
The junior research group “Norm , Normativity and Norm Changes” is organising this workshop which aims to fathom the understanding of to what extent animals are recipients of justice. Hereby, interdisciplinary approaches are used to find answers to the research question. The workshop is open for interested researchers and students. Registration is required.
3. Spring Meeting of the Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society: “Islam and Law,” Emory University, Atlanta, 6-8 March 2020
We invite paper abstracts from any discipline in the humanities or social sciences that address any topic related to Islam and Law in the MENA region – for example: Islam’s role in the historical, cultural, or theological origins of law and law-making; Islam’s role in shaping law, legal institutions, and legal processes; etc.
Deadline for abstracts: 4 October 2019. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/25688/discussions/4334771/sermeiss-spring-2020-islam-and-law-workshop-cfp-future-special
4. Research Fellowship in the Governance Programme, Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London
The Fellow will carry out research related to one the following areas: Political accountability of the executive in semi-presidential regimes; Fiqh and popular culture; etc. Requirements: PhD in the Humanities or Social Sciences; demonstrated research background in one of the above topics; etc.
Deadline for application: 15 September 2019. Information: https://www.aku.edu/vacancies/pages/job-detail.aspx?JobID=6225&Title=Call%20for%20Research%20Fellowship%20Applications
5. Scholarships for Foreign MA Students at the Goethe University Frankfurt
Goethe University is offering scholarships for Master’s programs such as: International Studies/Peace and Conflict Studies; Political Theory; Social and Cultural Anthropology/Ethnology. Applicants must hold an excellent Bachelor’s degree from a university outside of Germany. Awardees are provided with a monthly stipend of 1,000 EUR and other benefits to help them develop their career.
6. Articles for “The Canadian Journal for Middle East Studies“
This Journal is published two times a year and is currently under the editorship of Prof. Gahad Hamed of the University Western Ontario. It contains academic research articles, book reviews and a bibliographical section. All academics and experts who research the Middle East, Islam, and its broader questions are invited to contribute to the Journal.
Deadline for submissions: 15 September 2019. Information: https://cjmes.scholasticahq.com/post/53-call-for-submissions-the-canadian-journal-for-middle-east-studies
7. The Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is partnering with other Harvard area studies centers and the Harvard Business School Club of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to help provide a career development opportunity for students living in Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and the United States.
The Program is a prestigious and a fully funded career development opportunity for students from across the world, who are the first member of their family—or the first generation within their family—to attend university and facing challenges of financial and social circumstances.
Qualifications include: students who are 18-24 years old, currently enrolled, facing challenging financial and social circumstances, fluent in English, first generation university students.
Please see the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute website for a programme overview as well as discussion on eligibility, FAQs and the application link: https://mittalsouthasiainstitute.harvard.edu/crossroads/
8. Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic
Washington and Lee University
The Department of German and Arabic at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a two-year visiting assistant professor of Arabic, beginning July 1, 2020. This position carries a 6-course teaching load distributed over Fall and Winter terms (12 weeks each), and the university’s signature 4-week Spring Term (maximum one course in Spring Term). Primary duties include teaching all levels of Arabic (first-, second-, and third-year), as well as advanced Arabic language courses that focus on media, conversation and composition, or topics in Arab literature, culture, and film. The candidate will also teach courses in English based on their discipline and the needs of the program.
In addition to teaching responsibilities, the successful candidate will assist in developing WLUArabic and contribute to the dynamic, interdisciplinary program in Middle East and South Asia (MESA) Studies. In keeping with the goals of the W&L Strategic Plan, we seek candidates who can effectively mentor underrepresented minority students.
Preferred candidates will hold a PhD or have ABD status in Arabic Language (TAFL or a related field (e.g., second language acquisition, comparative literature, Middle Eastern Studies)). M.A. holders will be considered. The successful candidate will have comprehensive mastery and fluency in Modern Standard Arabic and a dialect. Professional proficiency in English is required. The competitive applicant will have proven experience in Arabic language pedagogy using the integrated approach in a North American or liberal arts context.
The application deadline is September 30, 2019 and application review will begin October 1, 2019. Skype interviews will be conducted in mid-October, and finalists will be invited to campus in late October 2019.
Applicants should submit the following materials at https://apply.interfolio.com/65771.
Questions may be addressed to Professor Anthony Edwards, at EdwardsA@wlu.edu.
DUBAI (Reuters) – Protests broke out in Bahrain after the execution of two Shi’ite Muslim activists on terrorism-related charges revived tension over the weekend in the Sunni-led kingdom, a Western ally that has cracked down on dissent since a failed 2011 uprising.
The Nigerian government has banned a Shia group after a spate of deadly clashes at protests in the capital Abuja, and following a court decision allowing authorities to call it a “terrorist” organisation. The office of President Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement on Sunday that the government “had to act” against the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), before the situation got out of control.
Since the 1980s, the Borough of Brent, in north-west London, has been a major global hub of transnational Twelver Shiism. With the influx of Iraqi refugees, many clerical leaders of Twelver Shia Islam established their European headquarters in Brent, and, in addition to Damascus and Tehran, London became a major centre of Iraqi diaspora politics during Saddam Hussein’s regime.
The Bahraini authorities must urgently halt the imminent execution of two men who were convicted after a grossly unfair mass trial after they were tortured to confess, said Amnesty International today. The organization has reason to believe that Ali Mohamed al-Arab and Ahmed Issa al-Malali, who were convicted of a series of offences including “forming and joining a terrorist group”, could be executed within 24 hours.
1.Irano-Judaica VII: Studies Relating to Jewish Contacts with Persian Culture Throughout the Ages. Ed. by Julia Rubanovich and Geoffrey Herman. Jerusalem: Ben Zvi Institute, 2019. 699 pp.
See here to order: https://www.ybz.org.il/?CategoryID=1382
2. The Reshaping of Persian Art: Art Histories of Islamic Iran and Central Asia
Iván Szántó and Yuka Kadoi (eds.)
Piliscsaba: The Avicenna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies
Series: Acta et Studia XV
Paperback, 273 pages
How to order:
Please directly contact the Institute for the time being.
Avicenna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies
Contact: Oroszi Gyöngyi
Tel.: + 36 (06) 26 375 329 / 414 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. The Foundation for Iranian Studies invites applications for its annual award of $1000 for the best Ph.D. dissertation in a field of Iranian Studies. Students completing their dissertations between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 are eligible to apply for the 2019 award.
Dissertations must be nominated by the author’s advisor and be accompanied by the Dissertation Committee’s letter of acceptance. Both documents may be emailed provided they contain appropriate official insignias and signatures.
Applicants for the 2019 award should submit a digital copy of the dissertation, either mailed on disc to
Foundation for Iranian Studies
Bethesda, MD 20814
Or emailed to
For further information about the award, selection criteria, and previous winners consult the Foundation for Iranian Studies Website at www.fis-iran.org , Programs, Dissertation Awards. Inquiries should be emailed to email@example.com .
Deadline: August 15, 2019
4. Conference: “Eastern Questions: New Perspectives on British Orientalism”, London, 16-17 October 2019
This interdisciplinary event aims to explore new perspectives on the intersection between Orientalism and visual culture across the nineteenth century. It invites contributions that explore the visual material of the Orient in the contexts of transculturation, imaginative geographies, and cultural border crossing in both directions and invites proposals from scholars in all sub-fields of the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 July 2019.
5. International Workshop: “Theological, Legal and Political Responses to Salafism”, Charles University, Prague, 15 November 2019
This workshop will focus upon wider religious, cultural and political strategies in facing the Salafi proselytising in EU, the Balkans, Maghreb, Indonesia and beyond. The aim is to map places of contention between global Salafism and local institutions and traditions, to identify actors that formulate responses and to explore concrete ways in which states, religious, educational and cultural institutions, civic and Islamic groups develop strategies to counter or deal with the Salafi ideological pressure and influence.
Deadline for abstracts: 10 September 2019. Information: https://kbv.ff.cuni.cz/cs/2019/07/18/theological-legal-and-political-responses-to-salafism-call-for-participation/
6. 41st Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA): “Middle Eastern and North African Studies in the United States”, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 19-22 February 2020
We welcome and encourage proposals regarding any aspect of Middle Eastern and North African life in the U.S. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to the following: MENA representations in popular culture (television, film, comic books, video games, etc.); language and translation studies; queer theory and the MENA community; etc.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 October 2019.
7. “ACRPS Conference for Arab Graduate Students in Western Universities”, Doha, 28-30 March 2020
The conference will provide Arab doctoral students in the social sciences and humanities based at Western universities an open space to present papers rooted in their graduate studies. This conference will give the participants the chance to benefit from discussions with their peers and with established Arab academics. Grants for travel and accommodation are available.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 July 2019.
8. International Conference “Crossroads”: “European Cultural Diplomacy and Eastern Christianity in Syria and Palestine: A Connected History in Late Ottoman Times and the British Mandate”, Thessaloniki, 14-15 May 2020
The conference aims to define and analyse how cultural diplomacy was deployed by the European powers in interwar Palestine and Syria. It questions how these policies impacted the cultural identification of indigenous Christians in a comparison with their fellow Palestinian and Syrian compatriots. This conference will focus on attempts at ideological and political domination by multiple actors, each with a diversity of diplomatic and cultural ends.
Deadline for applications: 15 October 2019.
9. Research Fellowship in the Study of the Islamic World, University of Oxford
The successful candidate will be engaged in research and publication in any area of the arts, humanities or social sciences which contributes to a more informed understanding of the Islamic world – its history, economics, politics, culture, civilisation and contemporary life.
Deadline for applications: 28 August 2019.
10. Tenure-Track Position in Comparative Politics of the Middle East, Colorado College
The position requires expertise in the Middle East and North Africa, broadly defined. Crucial to the position is potential for, and commitment to, excellence in scholarship as well as in teaching at a liberal arts institution. If the successful candidate is to begin employment at the assistant professor level, all requirements for the Ph.D. should be complete by the starting date of 24 August 2020.
Deadline for applications: 15 September 2019. Information: https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000491966-01
11. Graduate Student Article Prize of Women Historians of the Middle East
WHOME announces its annual prize for the best article about Middle Eastern history written by a female identifying graduate student (Masters or PhD). The award aims to bring attention to the innovative scholarship women are producing in the field. The nominee must not have been awarded a Doctorate prior to 1 January 2019.
Deadline for applications: 6 September 2019.
12. Training School: “Islamic Heritage in Europe”, Granada and Córdoba, 14-16 January 2020
Over the past decades, there has been a growing interest among scholars in analysing how the Islamic heritage in Europe has been perceived, described, preserved, erased, negotiated or transformed in different areas of Europe, from medieval to modern times. However, those debates seldom crossed the borders of regional approaches. The aim of this training school is to discuss those issues from different and complementary perspectives and to question the traditional regional narrative through a comparative examination of Islamic monuments in a wider Mediterranean perspective.
13. Articles for Edited Book on “New Arab Atheism”
Atheism in the Arab world became known to a wider public in the last decades. Esp., New Atheism inspired by Atheism of Dawkins et al. is influential among Arab Atheists today. This volume intends to open up a new field of research. Editors Rüdiger Lohlker and Tamara Abu-Hamdeh (both Oriental Institute, University of Vienna, Austria).
Deadline for proposals: 15 September 2019. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
14. Introduction of UNIMED – The Mediterranean Universities Union
This is an association of 124 universities from 23 countries of the Mediterranean basin founded in 1991 (http://www.uni-med.net/en/about-us/).
UNIMED aims to develop university research and education in the Euro-Mediterranean area in order to contribute to scientific, cultural, social and economic cooperation. It manages many projects on different issues (http://www.uni-med.net/en/projects/) and established a second-level network focused on specific sectors known as SubNetworks such as research on migration and tourism (http://www.uni-med.net/en/subnetworks/).
UNIMED annually organises two important institutional events: the UNIMED WEEK IN BRUSSELS (http://www.uni-med.net/en/unimed-week-in-brussels-2019) and the GENERAL ASSEMBLY (http://www.uni-med.net/en/general-assembly-2019).
15. Words Laying Down the Law
Translating Arabic Legal Discourse
Time and Venue
7-8 October 2019: 7 October (16.00-19.30), 8 October (9.00-18.00)
Atrium Conference Room,
Aga Khan Centre,
10 Handyside Street,
London N1C 4DN
Prof Myriam Salama-Carr, University of Manchester.
Prof Baudouin Dupret, Sciences Po Bordeaux.
Prof Roberta Aluffi, University of Turin.
Dr Neveen Al Saeed, Ain Shams University, Cairo.
This event is free but booking is essential.
16. The Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the fields of Islamic art, architecture, or archaeology, with a specialization in any aspect of the discipline focused on a period prior to 1750.
Responsibilities will consist of broad undergraduate teaching in the history of Islamic art and architecture along with supervision of undergraduate theses and independent work, while graduate teaching and Ph.D supervision will be in the area of the candidate’s expertise. Applicants will be expected to interact broadly with other departments and programs in the university and beyond.
Apply online at https://puwebp.princeton.edu/AcadHire/ with a cover letter, CV, writing sample, research statement, teaching statement, and the names and contact information of three referees from whom letters of recommendation may be requested. PhD is expected by the start date. We seek to appoint a candidate who will contribute, through research, teaching, and service, to the excellence and diversity of our academic community. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Application deadline is September 16, 2019 (when initial discussion of the candidates will take place) or until the position is filled.
17. The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) is the University of Freiburg’s international research college. The Institute supports innovative research projects through individual fellowships.
The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies announces the following
Individual Marie S. Curie FCFP fellowships for the academic year 2020/21
(Fellowships start: September 1, 2020)
– Junior fellowships (completed PhD plus one to six years of post-doctoral experience)
– Senior fellowships (completed PhD plus a minimum of six years of post-doctoral experience or a tenured professorship or equivalent permanent position)
The FCFP is intended for current or future leaders in their fields. About 25 FCFP fellowships are awarded through a highly competitive, strictly merit-based selection process. Applications are invited from academics of all nationalities and all disciplines. Note, however, that applicants may not have resided or have carried out their main activity in Germany for more than a total of 12 months during the 3-year period prior to the application deadline.
The completed FCFP application form together with the required documents has to be uploaded on the application website for External Senior Fellowships or Junior Fellowships and submitted by September 15, 2019.
Information on the application and selection process (required documents, guidelines on eligibility, evaluation criteria, timeline and stages of the selection process) is provided at www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/en/funding-programmes/cofund.
Grants are subject to the final approval of the FRIAS budget from 2020 onwards.
More information on FRIAS is available at: www.frias.uni-freiburg.de.
Abuja, Nigeria – At least four people were killed in the capital following clashes between security forces and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, according to the Shia group.
1.Association for Iranian Studies Awards
AIS seeks your nominations for its AIS administered Awards,
THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
THE EHSAN YARSHATER BOOK AWARD
THE MEHRDAD MASHAYEKHI DISSERTATION AWARD
THE PARVIZ SHAHRIARI BOOK AWARD
We have just opened the following award for nominations:THE SAIDI-SIRJANI BOOK AWARD
Please visit the AIS website https://associationforiranianstudies.org/awards
for links to nomination forms and descriptions of the awards. The awards will be given out at a ceremony at the 2020 Biennial Conference in Salamanca Spain.
2. International Conference: “Russia and the Mediterranean: Diplomacy, Strategies and International Responses”, The Maghreb Review & Maghreb Studies Association, Oxford, 9-10 September 2019
The conference will focus upon Russia’s current and historical role in the Mediterranean region and its impact upon international relations. Themes range from Russia’s emerging Mediterranean ambitions during the Napoleonic Wars to Russia’s recent involvement with Turkey and in Libya, Syria and Iran. The conference will be in English or French.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 July 2019.
3. 20th Anniversary Conference of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship: “Multiculturalism, Nationalism, Religions and Secularism”, University of Bristol, 8-10 November 2019
Conference papers can come from sociology, political theory, political science, anthropology and other social sciences as well as disciplines in the humanities such as history and philosophy. Papers can focus on a range of themes such as multiculturalism, national identity, superdiversity, interculturalism, conviviality and everyday multiculturalism, neo-nationalism and populism, ethno-religious identities, racism and Islamophobia, secular governance and accommodation of religious diversity.
Deadline for abstracts: 12 August 2019.
4. International Conference: “Islamic Law and Theology in Context – The Treatise-Literature (rasāʾil) as Documentation of Socially Relevant Discussions in Pre-Modern Muslim Societies (13th – 19th Centuries)”, University of Osnabrück, 25-27 March 2020
We welcome papers on treatises and counter-treatises written in Islamic Law and Theology (fiqh, kalām, taṣawwuf etc.) which address the content of the treatise as well as the social, political and intellectual context of its author and the audience with a main interest in the Ottoman and Mamluk Empires.
Deadline for abstracts extended until 31 July 2019. Information: https://www.islamische-theologie.uni-osnabrueck.de/fileadmin/documents/public/Plakate_Broschüren/Risala_Englisch__1_.pdf
5. Session on “Ottoman Cultural Mobilities: 19th Century Modes of Travel, Collecting and Dis-play” during European Association for Urban History Conference 2020, Antwerp, 2-5 September 2020
This session welcomes researches on Ottoman participation and responses to the international 19th century culture of travel, collecting and display. It particularly focuses on the mobility and circulation of people and objects around Ottoman and connected contexts; Ottoman encounters and exchanges en route; the journeys of intellectuals, collections and archives in the late Ottoman Empire.
Deadline for abstracts: 4 October 2019.
Information: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/conferences/eauh2020/sessions/sessions-overview/session-type/specialist-sessions/; Session number: S-CUL-3.
6. Session on “Negotiating Monumentality: Monuments and the Politics of Public Space in Muslim Societies” during European Association for Urban History Conference 2020, Antwerp, 2-5 September 2020
We invite papers that probe particular cases (from the 19th until the 21st century) from Muslim societies in which the role of monuments/monumentality in triggering colonial/anti-colonial/post-colonial politicizations of urban space can be analyzed. Papers can focus on the original plans and designs of monuments and their positioning in public places, the political significance of style (e.g. classicism, modernism and neo-styles), iconography etc.
Deadline for abstracts: 4 October 2019. Information: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/conferences/eauh2020/sessions/sessions-overview/session-type/specialist-sessions/; Session number: S-HER-1.
7. Associate Professor in History of Islam or Islamic Philosophy, University of Lisbon
Applicants should have a doctoral degree in Philosophy or History and should present evidence of significant work in either field of this search, knowledge of Arabic, and additionally of authorship of at least five (5) peer-reviewed articles, or book chapters in the last 5 years.
Deadline for applications in Portuguese or in English: 31 July 2019.
8. Three Tenure-Track or Tenured Faculty Positions in Global Affairs/Philosophy, Politics and Economics in the MENA Region, Yale-NUS College
Scholars are invited who can teach international development or international/comparative political economy or quantitative methods, or who have regional expertise in the Middle East.
Review of applications will begin 1 August 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Information: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/YaleNUS
9. Assistant Professor in Early Modern Islamicate History, University of Toronto
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in History or a closely related discipline by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. All applicants must have a proven record of excellence in research and teaching about Islamicate worlds, broadly defined, in the period ca. 1500-1800CE/900-1200AH. Regional and thematic specialization is open, but we seek to hire a scholar interested in trans-regional phenomena.
Deadline for applications: 26 August 2019. Information: https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10050/jobdetail.ftl?job=1902399&tz=GMT%2B02%3A00&tzname=Europe%2FBerlin
10. Instructor/Lecturer (Part-Time during Fall Semester 2019) on Muslim Spiritual Care, Harvard University
The successful candidate will teach a course entitled “Spiritual Care from a Muslim Perspective”, which will introduce students to practices of spiritual care in Muslim communities. Candidates should be practitioners and ideally have pastoral as well as previous teaching experience. An advanced degree in Theological/or Religious Studies is required. Candidates should demonstrate experience and excellence in teaching. Previous publications in the area of the appointment are desirable, though not required.
11. Lecturer in Contemporary Middle Eastern Politics, Princeton University
The Politics Department at Princeton University seeks well-qualified applicants for a part-time lecturer position that will involve teaching an undergraduate seminar in the area of Contemporary Middle Eastern politics in Spring 2020. Advanced degree required; Ph.D. and teaching experience preferred.
Deadline for applications: 1 August 2019.
12. Mediterranean Seminar Book Prize
The entries submitted should reflect the goals and mission of the Mediterranean Seminar, namely, to promote the Mediterranean region as a framework for scholarly inquiry and pedagogy. We are most interested in books that break new ground conceptually or methodologically, are comparative and/or interdisciplinary, that emphasize the intercultural/interregional/inter-religious contact, that are “of” rather than merely “in” the Mediterranean.
Deadline for applications: 1 January 2020.
13. Call for Projects in the Priority Program “Transottomanica: Eastern European-Ottoman-Persian Mobility Dynamics” for 2020-2023
The program will focus on the “Transottoman” ties and communication practices which emerged as a consequence of mobility between these dominions between the 16th and the 19th centuries and which have not previously become visible in studies of individual regions or bilateral relations. Non-German nationals can apply, but need an affiliation with a university or research institution in Germany.
Deadline for applications: 31 December 2019.
14. Network Conference of “Academics in Solidarity”, Freie Universität Berlin, 21-23 November 2019
The conference will launch the transnational peer-mentoring program for at-risk and exiled researchers, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The conference will serve as a platform for exchange among key stakeholders representing support programs for more than 70 at-risk scholars, research funding organizations, expert community and AiS partner institutions in Germany, Lebanon and Jordan.
15. Research and Publications on “Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom”
This is a cooperative effort led by a team that consists of medievalists specialising in Western, Byzantine and Islamic history tackling a vital historical question: Why did the Christendom government and society develop certain processes of institutionalisation that did not characterise the Islamic world, considering that the early medieval situation might have suggested otherwise?
Speaking to Riyadh Daily, the English language sister of one of Saudi Arabia’s foremost newspapers, Al Riyadh, Mr. Baloch’s legitimization in the kingdom’s tightly controlled media constituted one more suggestion that Saudi Arabia may be tacitly supporting militants in Balochistan, a troubled Pakistani province that borders on Iran and is a crown jewel of China’s infrastructure and energy-driven Belt and Road initiative.