1.Manhattan College – Assistant Professor with Teaching Field in
African or Middle Eastern History
American University – Beirut – The Alfred H. Howell Endowed Chair in History and Archaeology
University of Massachusetts – Lowell – Assistant Professor of History
of the Middle East and the Islamic World
Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Mellon Postdoctoral
Fellowship in the Humanities
Binghamton University – Assistant Professor, Ottoman History (c.
University of Nevada, Reno – Assistant Professor, History of the
Middle East and Security Studies
2. Details for a session on “Social policy, Islam and Muslim Societies” at 24th World Congress of Political Science, Istanbul, 23-28 July 2016 (https://istanbul2016.ipsa.org/my-ipsa/events/istanbul2016/panel/social-policy-islam-and-muslim-societies). The deadline for submitting an abstract is the 7th of October 2015. Please submit your abstracts (250 words outlining the main question, method, findings, conclusion) through the dedicated ISA submission website (https://istanbul2016.ipsa.org/events/gateway?destination=my-ipsa/events/submit/paper).
24th World Congress of Political Science (RC30 Comparative Public Policy)
Session Title: Social policy, Islam and Muslim Societies
Dr. Rana Jawad, Lecturer in Social Policy, Director of Studies for MIPPA, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, United Kingdom (R.Jawad@bath.ac.uk)
Dr. Ali AkbarTajmazinani, Assistant Professor (Social Policy), Faculty of Social Sciences, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran (email@example.com)
With a total population of around two billion people, Muslims constitute the majority population in nearly 40 countries around the world from Morocco to Malaysia and also form a considerable part of other mixed societies. One of the most prominent features of Islamic social teachings revolves around social welfare concepts, principles, as well as strategies and solutions. However, it is not possible to portray a single picture of social policy in Muslim societies given the vast diversity of historical, political, and economic circumstances they have experienced as well as various cultural characteristics they possess. Despite these diversities, Muslim societies have to respond to more or less similar social problems with regard to family and gender issues, inequality and poverty, education and health, as well as juvenile delinquency and criminal justice. How do they deal with these issues and what is the status and role of Islamic teachings in such social policies? This session is aimed to address these broad questions and welcomes papers dealing inter alia with the following:
- Variations in readings of Islamic social policy
- The relation between state social policy as well as social welfare action in general and Islamic teachings
- Historical developments of social policy in Muslim societies
- Dominant social policy approaches in various policy domains
- Emergent patterns of social policies as a consequence of the Arab Spring
- Public attitudes toward social policies among Muslims
Dr. Ali AkbarTajmazinani
Assistant Professor (Social Policy), Faculty of Social Sciences
Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran
3. The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of Asian Studies (http://asianstudies.unc.edu) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Persian studies with support from the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 1, 2016. The Department seeks a promising scholar and teacher who will actively contribute to the intellectual mission of a research institution. Candidates must be able to teach Persian language courses at the advanced level and participate in the continued development of the Department’s program in Persian studies. Interest in developing public programs is desirable. PhD in hand or near completion in Persian studies, Persian language and literature, or related field is required. Native or near-native fluency in Persian and English and demonstrated potential for innovative scholarship are also required. Candidates whose research and teaching interests include fields such as language, literature, cultural studies, intellectual history, gender studies, visual studies, performance studies, and other related fields are encouraged to apply. A candidate hired without PhD in hand by the date of appointment will be appointed as Instructor.
Qualified applicants should submit an online application at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/84569. Application materials should include a detailed letter, CV, sample syllabi, and a writing sample. Paper or email applications will not be accepted.
Applicants will also be required to identify the names, titles, and email addresses of four professional references at the time of application. Recommenders identified by the applicant will be contacted via email with instructions for uploading their letters of recommendation.
Inquiries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
Review of applications will begin November 15, 2015. The search will remain open until the position is filled.
4. Call for Papers
Journal of Islamic Studies and Culture
ISSN: 2333-5904 (Print) 2333-5912 (Online)
Journal of Islamic Studies and Culture is a peer reviewed international scholarly journal. The journal is dedicated to the scholarly study of all aspects of Islam and of the Islamic world. Particular attention is paid to works dealing with history, geography, political science, economics, anthropology, sociology, law, literature, religion, philosophy, international relations, environmental and developmental issues, as well as ethical questions related to scientific research. The journal is committed to the publication of original research on Islam as culture and civilization. It particularly welcomes work of an interdisciplinary nature that brings together history, religion, politics, culture and law. The Journal has a special focus on Islam in Africa, and on contemporary Islamic Thought. Contributions that display theoretical rigor especially work that link the particularities of Islamic discourse to the enterprise of knowledge and critique in the humanities and social sciences, will find Journal of Islamic Studies and Culture to be receptive to such submissions.
The journal is published by the American Research Institute for Policy Development that serves as a focal point for academicians, professionals, graduate and undergraduate students, fellows, and associates pursuing research throughout the world.
The interested contributors are highly encouraged to submit their manuscripts/papers to the executive editor via e-mail at email@example.com. Please indicate the name of the journal (Journal of Islamic Studies and Culture) in the cover letter or simply put ‘Journal of Islamic Studies and Culture’ in the subject box during submission via e-mail.
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E-Publication FirstTM is a feature offered through our journal platform. It allows PDF version of manuscripts that have been peer reviewed and accepted, to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final printed journal. Readers can freely access or cite the article. The accepted papers are published online within one week after the completion of all necessary publishing steps.
Each paper published in Journal of Islamic Studies and Culture is assigned a DOI® number, which appears beneath the author’s affiliation in the published paper.
JISC is inviting papers for Vol. 3, No. 2. The online publication date is December 31, 2015. Submission Deadline: November 30, 2015.
For any additional information, please contact with the executive editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Mohammad Reza Iravani, Azad University of Khomeinishahr & Islamic Azad University, Khomeinishahr branch, Khomeinishahr, Esfahan, Iran.
Journal of Islamic Studies and Culture
5. Comparative Islamic Studies,
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Special issue on Sufism, Pluralism and Democracy
Guest edited by Clinton Bennett and Sarwar Alam
The Islamic Manuscript Association—in cooperation with the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge—invites the submission of abstracts for the Eleventh Islamic Manuscript Conference, to be held from 13 to 15 September 2016 at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
The theme of the conference is Sufism and Islamic manuscript culture. Sufis have written litanies, panegyrics, didactic works in verse and prose, hagiographies, discourses, exegetical works, and metaphysical treatises made into manuscripts both humble and lavish. Sufi lodges have housed libraries and manuscript ateliers, and Sufi networks have disseminated manuscripts across the Muslim World. This conference seeks to present current international research trends on the relationship between Sufism and Islamic manuscript culture and generate discussion and study in this field. Possible topics for papers include but are not limited to:
- Apotropaic uses of Sufi and non-Sufi manuscripts by Sufis
- The arts of the book and Sufi artists and patrons
- Bibliophilia and bibliophobia in Sufism
- Cataloguing manuscripts on Sufism
- Collection care programmes for collections of Sufi manuscripts
- Conservation treatments on Sufi manuscripts
- Diagrams and illustrations in manuscripts on Sufism
- Digital humanities and the study of manuscripts on Sufism
- The effects of recent conflicts in the Muslim World on collections of Sufi manuscripts
- The history of Sufi libraries
- Paratexts in manuscripts on Sufism
- Preparing printed and digital editions of manuscripts on Sufism
- The production of manuscripts by Sufi lodge ateliers
- Publication programmes or series of editions or facsimiles of manuscripts on Sufism
- Dissemination of texts and manuscripts through Sufi networks
- The use of manuscripts in Sufi rituals
This invitation is open to members and non-members of the Association. The languages of the Conference will be Arabic and English, and submissions will be accepted in both languages. The duration of each conference paper will be 20 minutes followed by ten minutes of questions and answers. The Association will pay for round-trip economy-class travel to Cambridge, accommodation in Magdalene College, and College-based meals for authors whose papers are accepted.
Papers should not have been presented or published previously. Selected papers will be considered for publication in the Association’s peer-reviewed Journal of Islamic Manuscripts, and speakers are expected to give the Journal the right of first refusal.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 10.00 GMT on Monday, 23 November 2015. Please submit a cover sheet (downloadable here), an abstract of no more than 250 words, and a biographical statement (a personal statement of no more than 200 words detailing your current work, education, research interests, and previous publications or research projects in third-person prose form), to the email, fax, or postal address below. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
The Islamic Manuscript Association Ltd
c/o 33 Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1QY
Fax: +44 (0)1223 302 218
B. Davidson MacLaren
Executive Director, The Islamic Manuscript Association
c/o 33 Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1QY
7. The Politics of Dress and Identity in Eastern Mediterranean Societies, Past and Present
An international symposium organized by the Fitting in/Standing Out project (NWO), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the University of Salento (Lecce), and the Allard Pierson Museum (Amsterdam)
24-26 March 2016, Allard Pierson Museum (Amsterdam)
Dress plays an essential role in the presentation of the self and in the perception of the other. Clothing and headgear, as well as accessories, tattoos, and hair styles, overtly state and sometimes more subtly convey information about a person’s social standing, gender, ethnicity, regional background, affiliations, profession, or religious beliefs – in other words, about the particular position (s)he holds, or would like to show as having, at a certain moment in time within a certain group or society. Dress is also part of the negotiation of identity and status; it allows individuals to articulate, or conceal, different identities, whether these are individual or collective, imposed or chosen. Identificational changes – when entering a new phase of life or assuming a new status or role – are often marked by the rejection of certain dress codes and/or the acquisition of new ones. Similarly, transient identities can be expressed through a new or composite dress vocabulary. Although dress is usually perceived, understood, and represented as an unambiguous statement about one’s identity, it is in fact a source of many potential ambiguities. The meanings and symbolic values associated with dress are not only culturally situated; they are also dependent on the time and place, the wearer, and the audience. Moreover, they constantly change over time.
This international symposium takes an interdisciplinary, diachronic, and comparative approach to explore the interplay between dress and identity in the broader Mediterranean basin, with a special focus on Muslim societies and interconnected cultures, in both the past and present. It aims to bring together anthropologists, sociologists, historians, art historians, archaeologists, and scholars of other disciplines working on this subject, using a wide spectrum of methods – from textual to textile analysis. The study of dress and, in particular, of attempts to control the meanings of dress – whether in practice, depictions, or texts – not only has great potential for social and cultural history, but is also crucial to understand sartorial dynamics within contemporary societies. From the sumptuary laws issued in many ancient societies to the contemporary debate on veiling practices among Muslim women, dress is, and has always been, the site of competing discourses, where authority and resistance, and the interests of the community and those of the individual meet. By bridging the gap between different academic fields, this symposium aims to put perceptions of dress in the past and the present into a broader perspective.
The main themes we aim to discuss are:
- How is dress used to reify or challenge community boundaries? How do intersecting identities influence choices in dress?
- How is dress represented in visual and written sources? What is the relation between these and actual dress practices? How do these images and texts contribute to construct, reinforce, or subvert identity categories?
- How do actual garments, depictions of dress, or discourses on dress refer to the past (i.e. religious or cultural traditions) to legitimize the present?
- What role does dress play in the articulation of transient or multiple identities, for example in cases of conversion, migration, or the assumption of a new social status?
- How do political, economic, and cultural connections between the East and the West influence dress? How is exotic dress appropriated locally to negotiate status and identity?
Scholars, PhD candidates, and advanced MA students doing research related to the subject of dress and identity are invited to submit a proposal for the symposium. If application for participation has been successful the following is granted:
- Participation in the complete program, including lunches and the conference dinners;
- Not included:travel, accommodation expenses, and other meals.
The conference does not offer travel grants, but we can support applications for additional funding sought from third parties such as the Pasold Research Fund (www.pasold.co.uk)
Deadline for application: Monday, 16 November 2015, 24.00 (CET)
This application includes the following:
- a title and an abstract of 300 words (max.)
- a short biography of 50 words (max.)
We intend to publish a selection of the papers presented at the symposium in an edited volume. The deadline for the submission of these articles is: Thursday, 15 September 2016.
The organizing committee: Rosita D’Amora, Tineke Rooijakkers, Bas ter Haar Romeny, Mat Immerzeel, Judith Kindinger, and Alexandra Pleşa
8. Workshop: “Diaspora Mobilization for Conflict and Post-conflict Reconstruction”, University of Warwick, 26-27 November 2015
Submission of papers is particularly welcome to provide insights about: 1) diasporic identities, 2) conditions providing political opportunity structures for transnational mobilization, 3) causal mechanisms concatenating in mobilization processes, 4) and transnational diaspora networks.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 September 2015.
9. Workshop Proposals for “7th Annual Gulf Research Meeting”, University of Cambridge, 16-19 August 2016
Deadline for applications: 30 September 2015. Information: http://grc.net/alerts/grm_2016.html
10. The University of Cambridge is seeking to appoint a University Lecturer in Modern Arabic Literature and Culture in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, to begin on 1st September, 2016. This appointment is tenure-track, subject to an initial probation period.
11. Arizona State University seeks an instructor of advanced Persian (Farsi) to teach small groups in an intensive setting in the Washington, DC, area. Candidates must have a master’s degree or higher in second-language acquisition, linguistics, or a closely related field; possess native or near-native proficiency in Persian; be a U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the United States; and have documented experience teaching Persian to adults. Preference will go to candidates who have taught in intensive language programs and to candidates with experience teaching Persian above the intermediate level. Salary competitive. Successful candidate will teach full time beginning no later than January 1, 2016 for remainder of federal fiscal year, with potential for renewal beyond FY2016
Applications must be received by November 2, 2015.
Candidates should send a letter in English explaining their interest in and qualifications for a short-term, intensive advanced Persian program; a CV; contact information for two references–one of whom should be able to comment on the applicant’s teaching experience; and student evaluation results, if available. Materials should be sent email@example.com.
Background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Please see ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement at: https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.Posted in: Academic items
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