1.Post-doctoral researchers on the “European Qur’an”
The Université de Nantes, the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Università di Napoli l’Orientale, the University of Kent and the University of Amersterdam are hiring post-doctoral researchers to join our project “The European Qur’an: Islamic Scripture in European Culture and Religion (1150-1850)” (EuQu).
For further details, see
The project also has a number of fully funded PhD positions in our ERC project on the European Qur’an (EuQu).
Particularly, they are looking for a candidate to write a thesis on The Qur’an and Anti-Trinitarianism, which assesses the significance of the Qur’an and of Islam for the radical Reformation and in anti-Trinitarian movements between the 16th and the 18th century. This PhD will be co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow (Erfurt) and Dr Jan Loop, Senior Lecturer in History, Rutherford College, W2.W1, The University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NZ
More details can be found here:
2. College of William and Mary – Visiting Assistant Professor in Middle
3. International Conference on “Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions: Intellect, Experience and More” of the Aquinas and ’The Arabs’ International Working Group, Università di Pisa, 22-25 May 2019
See program at http://richardctaylor.info/aaiwg/2019-2/pisa/
4. International Conference of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS) on “Women and Gender Studies in the Middle East”, Beirut, 6-10 March 2021
The conference will be held in partnership with the American University of Beirut and Lebanese American University. The call is open to topics on gender and women’s studies in the social sciences and humanities: politics, economics, history, sexualities, culture, arts, digital humanities etc.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 October 2019. Contact: Angie Abdelmonem (firstname.lastname@example.org)
5. Visiting Assistant Professor of the History of the Modern Middle East, Western Washington University
One-year Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor of History beginning on 16 September 2019, through 15 June 2020. The position is open to historians of the Middle East. Qualifications: ABD in History or related field, by 15 September 2019.
Application review begins 15 April 2019; position is open until filled.
6. Prize for Best Article, Council for British Research in the Levant
The award recognises excellent research and scholarship that engages with current and emerging issues in the Levant that advances our understanding of the region. We are looking for original unpublished articles from scholars in different stages of their careers and from different disciplines: anthropology, sociology, politics, religion and theology, language and linguistics cultural studies, etc.
7. Nominations for Book Awards and other Awards of the Middle Studies Association (MESA) 2019
The MESA Awards annually recognizes outstanding contributions in scholarly achievement, mentoring of students and faculty, service to the profession, innovations in undergraduate education and teaching, and academic freedom.
Deadline of nominations: 1 April 2019. Information: https://mesana.org/awards
8. CfP: Workshop: Menstruation and Menopause in Islamic Legal Cultures
11-12 July 2019
Centre for the Study of Islam
Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
University of Exeter
Islamic legal literatures outline a series of ritual regulations to be observed by menstruating women and girls, as well as women and girls experiencing postpartum and intermenstrual bleeding. There are also a series of complex regulations concerning puberty and the beginning of menstruation, and also its end and the menopause. These regulations build on references to menstruation in Quran and hadith literature, elaborated primarily in the genres of Quranic exegesis (tafsir), hadith commentary (sharh al-hadith) and law (fiqh). There is also extensive anthropological and historical evidence of Muslim practice in relation to menstruation and the menopause. Menstruant and menopausal women are portrayed in different forms of writing outside of the specifically religious genres – including poetry, belle lettres, historical and biographical works. There is also material and documentary evidence of the practices associated with menstruation and menopause in Muslim societies and communities.
The workshop will bring together researchers examining different aspects of menstruation and menopause – from the ritual and religious to the social and cultural – from different methodological perspectives, and across different time periods. Contributions using a variety of theoretical insights from ritual, gender, sexuality, textual, anthropological and historical studies are particularly welcome. Presentations can cover premodern and modern formations of ritual practice around menstruation and menopause. The workshop will be a combination of formal papers (20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes of questions), and extended textual/source reading sessions (up to 1 hour). We envisage a workshop of 10-12 papers/text presentations and a total of around 15 attendees, though this will depend on selected abstracts.
Presentation proposals are invited from scholars at all career stages, though early career scholars (near completion, or recently completed, doctoral students) are particularly encouraged to submit presentation proposals. Proposals should be in the form of a 200 word abstract in English. For paper proposals this abstract should outline your main argument and field of enquiry. For textual/source reading sessions, the abstract should introduce the text and explain how it contributes to our understanding of the topic. Our aim is to cover (economy) return fares, other travel expenses and (where necessary) visa costs for all participants from workshop funds. Please submit abstracts to email@example.com before Monday 6th May 2019. Applicants are welcome, in their accompanying emails, to outline their educational background and research expertise. Selection will be made both on the basis of quality and coverage of research topics and presentation formats.
The workshop is co-convened by Dr Shuruq Naguib (Lancaster University) and Professor Robert Gleave (University of Exeter) and is supported by the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (Exeter). Further information can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. Mejlis Institute Summer School in Languages (Armenian, Persian, Turkish) and Connected Histories
July 15 – August 15, 2019
Mejlis Institute is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2019 intensive summer program that will take place between July 15 and August 15, lasting four weeks. The program will consist of three parallel language courses – Armenian, Persian and Turkish – and a series of seminars devoted to topics in connected histories of Armenia, Iran and Anatolia from the medieval period onwards.
The program is primarily, though not exclusively, targeted at advanced undergraduate and graduate students wishing to study either Armenian, Persian or Turkish and interested in topics of intercultural connections. While applicants of different levels will be considered, preference will be given to those who have already achieved the intermediate or advanced levels. Apart from learning in the classroom, students will be able to practice their language skills in conversations with fellow participants from Armenia, Turkey and Iran.
MA and PhD students engaged in research and interested in working on particular sources will also be given an opportunity to receive additional guidance on individual basis.
Application deadline: May 1, 2019
Program fee 1400 USD, financial aid options available
For more information please visit https://mejlisinstitute.org/overview-1
10. The Bodleian Libraries are now accepting further applications for Bahari Visiting Fellowships in the Persian Arts of the Book to be taken up during the academic year 2019-20.
Fellows are hosted in the Visiting Scholars’ Centre at the Weston Library, where they join a lively research environment.
Details of the Fellowship terms and application process can be found on the Fellowships webpage: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/csb/fellowships .
A list of current Visiting Fellows and Affiliated Scholars in academic year 2018-19 can be found at: https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/csb/fellowships/current-and-past-fellows/2018-19-visiting-fellows
Applications for these Fellowships should be made by the deadline of 9.00am, Friday 26 April 2019
For further information, please email: email@example.com .
11. Post-doc: Cultural and religious history of Muslims and Christians in the Iberian Peninsula and/or the Maghreb (9th to 16th centuries) (Barcelona)
For further information: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/389511
12. Brill Publications 2018 in Open Access:
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