1.Florin Curta (University of Florida) and Andrew Holt (Florida State College in Jacksonville) are the editors of a three-volume encyclopedia entitled Great Events in Religion: An Encyclopedia of Pivotal Events in Religious History (under contract with ABC-Clio). We are seeking contributors to write entries considering key events in worldwide religious history from prehistoric times to the present. Current entries consider topics that range from the first Neanderthal burial to the ordination of the first woman in a mainline Protestant denomination. The roughly 470 proposed entries range in size from 750 to 3000 words.
We desperately need contributors to cover a number of entries pertaining, or at least related to Islam. Here is the list:
Abdullah al-Mahdi Billah and the establishment of the Shi’ia Ismaili Fatimid dynasty (909)
Building of the al-Hakim Mosque in Cairo (928)
Cairo is established as capital of the Fatimid state in Egypt (969)
Destruction and razing of the Husayn Mosque in Karbala by Caliph al-Mutawakkil (850)
Fatimid Dynasty (Founding of)
Khan Tarmashirin’s conversion to Islam (1330s)
Khan Uzbek’s conversion to Islam (1313)
Rise of the Mamluks
Şêx Adî and the establishment of Yazidism
University of al-Azhar in Cairo (founding of)
Abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate (1924)
Establishment of the Secular Republic of Turkey
Fall of the Ottoman Empire
Partition of India and the beginnings of the Hindu-Muslim conflict (1947)
Qajar implementation of Shi’ia Islam in Iran
Safavid dynasty and the proclamation of the first Shi’ia empire
Shah Ismail I and the founding of the Safavid dynasty (1501)
Usman dan Fodio and the establishment of the Sokoto Caliphate in Western Africa (1810s)
We need those contributions by mid-November. The intended audience of the encyclopedia consists primarily of first-year college students. We are therefore seeking contributors who can write meaningfully about a number of scholarly issues, but in a manner appropriate for college students. At a minimum, potential contributors should be at the level of an advanced graduate student. This project obviously provides them with the opportunity to add some minor publications to their c.v.
2. Assistant Professor of Islamic Law and Society, New York University
The tenure-track position is to begin September 1, 2016. It is not limited as to historical period or to the Middle East as conventionally defined.
Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2015. Information: http://meis.as.nyu.edu/
Assistant Professor of Middle East Politics, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
Appointment of the tenure track position begins July 1, 2016. ABD or Ph.D. required. Information: http://apply.interfolio.com/30161 and email@example.com
Assistant Professor of Middle East Politics, Tenure-Track, Elon University, NC
Appointment is beginning in August 2016. Deadline for application: 15 September 2015. Information: www.elon.edu/facultyemployment/openings
Indiana University – Bloomington – Contemporary Central Asia, Open
School of the Art Institute of Chicago – FULL-TIME FACULTY POSITION:
HISTORIAN OF ART, DESIGN, OR ARCHITECTURE BEFORE 1800, WITH AN
EMPHASIS ON GLOBAL AND TRANSNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES (OPEN RANK)
University of Pennsylvania – Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship
in the Digital Humanities
Missouri State University – Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern
Daemen College – Assisstant Professor of History
The position requires a primary emphasis in world history with any regional focus except Russia/Europe and expertise in environmental history and/or the digital humanities.
3. Forty more Arabic scientific manuscripts go live in Qatar Digital Library
In November 2014 we announced the first forty Arabic scientific manuscripts to go live in the Qatar Digital Library. We are now pleased to let you know that a further forty Arabic manuscripts have been uploaded.
– See more at: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/asian-and-african/2015/08/forty-more-arabic-scientific-manuscripts-go-live-in-qatar-digital-library.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+asian-and-african+%28Asia+and+Africa%29#sthash.DTiG7M2n.dpuf
4. The travels of a manuscript: Rashid al-Din’s Compendium of Chronicles (Add.7628)
The Jāmiʿ al-tavārīkh or ‘Compendium of Chronicles’ is a monumental universal history composed by Rashīd al-Dīn (d. 1317) in Persian at the beginning of the 14th century. It was originally written for the Mongol Ilkhan of Iran Ghazan Khan (d. 1304) but was finally presented to his brother and successor Oljaytu Khan (d. 1317) possibly in 1307. The work acquired enormous popularity both in medieval and modern times especially for its unique description of the rise of Chinggis Khan and the Mongol Empire. There are copies of this work in all the major libraries in Europe and the Middle East, including several masterpieces of 14th century manuscript illustration.
– See more at: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/asian-and-african/2015/08/the-travels-of-a-manuscript-add-7628.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+asian-and-african+%28Asia+and+Africa%29#sthash.KlEE8ryf.dpuf
5. The Third Perso-Indica Conference
The Sultanate Period and the Early Mughal Empire
September 3rd – 4th, 2015
University of Delhi
Department of Persian
Conference Center (opp. Botany Dept.)
Opening session (Venue: Main Hall)
9.30-10.00: Dinesh Singh, Chander Shekhar, Fabrizio Speziale
Political analysis, identity and historiography
10.00-10.30: Satoshi Ogura – Linguistic Cosmopolitanism, Political Legitimacies and Religious Identities in Šāhmīrid
10.30-11.00: Mayank Kumar – Tʼari ḫ-i Qal’ah-i Ranthanbore: Historical Investigation of Persian Rendering of a Sanskrit/Brajbhasa/Rajasthani Text
Chair: Radha Vallabh Tripathi
Natural and occult sciences (Venue: Room 5)
11.30-12.00: Kazuyo Sakaki – Changing Ourselves – the Textual Transmission of the Sivasvarodaya
12.00-12.30: S. M. Razaullah Ansari – Persian Translations of Kitāb-i Barāḥī Sang’hitā
12:30-13.00: Eva Orthmann – Religion and Astrology in the Kitāb-i Barāḥī, Aspects of Translation
Chair: Kashif Ghani
14.30-15.00: Fabrizio Speziale – A 14th-Century Revision of the Greco-Arabic and Indian Theories of the Humours: The Hybrid Model by Šihāb al-Dīn Nāgawrī
15.00-15.30: Azarmi Dukht – Persian Writings of the Sultanate Period – Valuable Sources of Indic Knowledge. Case Study: Ṭibb-i Sikandar Šāhī: Persian Translation and Compilation of Medicinal Information from Sanskrit Sources
15.30-16.00: Sonia Vij – Rahasya to Laḏḏat: Translating Secrets of Sexuality
Chair: Ramesh Bhardwaj
Sufism and Yoga
9.30-10.00: Carl Ernst – Enigmas of Translation in the Kamaru Pancasika, an Early Persian Work on Yoga
10.00-10.30: Soraya Khodamoradi – Rušd-Nāma and the Idea of Immortality
Chair: IH. Siddique
11.00- 11.30: Chander Shekhar- Indian Elements in Persian Narrative (Pre-Mughal Period): a Survey
11.30-12.00: Muzaffar Alam and Thibaut d’Hubert – Mufarriḥ al-Qulūb: A Fifteenth-Century Persian Translation of the Hitopadeśa
12.00-12.30: Pegah Shahbaz – Jawāhir al-Asmār: an Early Fourteenth-Century Persian Translation of Sukasaptati
Chair: SH. Qasemi
14.00-14.30: Balram Shukla – Kathakautukam: a Sanskrit Rendering of Yūsuf and Zulaikha
14.30- 15.00: Syed Akhtar Hussain – Ṭūṭī Nāmah: Persian Tapestry Woven by Indian Threads
Chair: Corinne Lefèvre
Aesthetic and musicology
16.30-16.00: F. ‘Nalini‘ Delvoye – Translating Aesthetic Concepts and Qualities Prescribed for Artists and Connoisseur-Patrons in Two Sultanate Period Indo-Persian Texts on Performing Arts
16.00-16.30: Chandragupta Bhartiya and Ali Akbar Shah – Sangeetratnakara and Lahajāt-i Sikandar Šāhi va Latāif-i Nāmutanāhī, A Persian Translation (A Comparative Study)
Chair: Raza Ullah Ansari
17.00-19.00: General discussion
Scientific coordination: Chander Shekhar (University of Delhi) – Eva Orthmann (University of Bonn) – Fabrizio Speziale (University Sorbonne Nouvelle – CNRS).
Contact for information: Soraya Khodamoradi: firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. The Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University seeks to fill a position in Modern Arabic Literature at the rank of assistant professor. The successful candidate will have broad intellectual interests, a commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education, and a willingness to contribute to new departmental initiatives. Participation in the Columbia College Core Curriculum will be expected.
Applicants should submit a c.v., cover letter, a representative sample of scholarship, and upload their dissertation abstract and a sample course syllabus. They should also arrange to have recommendations sent by three referees. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on September 25, and will continue until an appointment is made.
For more information and to apply, please visit our online site:
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
7. The Program in Arabic Language and Culture in the Department of Classics at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a tenure-track position. The field of specialization is open, although we welcome especially applications from scholars of either modern Arabic literature and culture or Islamic Studies (classical and modern). The appointment will commence in July 2016. The successful candidate will be prepared to teach undergraduate courses in Arabic language as well as a broad range of undergraduate courses in the literature, culture, and history of the Arabic speaking world. Completion of the Ph.D. is required. Please apply through Interfolio.com using the following link: http://apply.interfolio.com/31050.
Complete dossiers will include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and evidence of teaching experience and research, if available. Review of complete applications will begin on November 20, 2015. The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and others that will enhance our community. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).
Information about the Program in Arabic can be found at http://arabic.nd.edu
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