1.Loyola University – Maryland – Lecturer in Middle Eastern and North African History
The History Department at Loyola University Maryland invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Middle Eastern and North African history, with the possibility of a renewal. The successful applicant will teach four undergraduate courses a semester (ordinarily two preparations), including a survey of modern Middle Eastern history. Basic departmental or university service is expected. We seek candidates who display a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, including an appreciation of or engagement in high impact practices in History. The appointment will begin on August 24, 2020. Ph.D. in hand and teaching experience preferred but not required
Closing date: Sept 16, 2020.
2. MENAdoc has thus far digitized (with open access) 412 out-of-print titles of Schwarz Verlag’s Islamkundliche Untersuchungen.
3. New online pedagogical resource, Teaching Medieval Slavery and Captivity (http://medievalslavery.org/).
This website offers a collection of primary sources in English translation as well as images and selected bibliographies of scholarly work to help those who want to incorporate the history of slavery and captivity into their classes. The scope of the collection is global and covers the 4th through 17th centuries.
4. Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History Volume 16 North America, South-East Asia, China, Japan, and Australasia (1800-1914)
5. Open Access Journal – Anthropology of the Middle East
6. Persianisms: Cultural Encounters in the Anglophone World Call for Papers
We invite proposals for an interdisciplinary colloquium on the topic of Persianisms: Cultural Encounters in the Anglophone World to take place virtually at the University of York across the period 10-12 December 2020.
This colloquium is underpinned by our conviction that relationships between Iran and the West are as important and urgent as ever. It aims to explore the range and depth of the exchanges and encounters that connect Anglophone and Persian cultures across centuries of contact from antiquity to the present-day manifest in poetry, diplomacy, religious polemic, scholarship, travel narratives, material culture, art, and curatorship.
We invite proposals from all disciplines and all career stages, including postgraduate, and early career researchers. We welcome proposals for traditional short papers, or for presentations that exploit the online format in other ways, e.g. short discussions of single images, objects, or texts, or group roundtable discussions. As a guide, the contribution of any individual should not exceed 20mins.
In particular we solicit proposals that speak to, or cross over, our three main themes: literature and language, material culture and political culture, including the following:
- The roles and functions that “Persia” (as it was known by Europeans before the 1930s) has played in the imagination of English-speaking writers, scholars, commentators, and artists.
- How notions of Persia and Persian have shaped the English language and its cultures.
- Representations of Iran in English poetry, fiction and travelogues.
- The influence of Persian and Islamic models in the history of the English book.
- Cultures of scholarship including Orientalisms, Islamic studies and Indo-European philology.
- The expressions and legacies of Persian culture in the Anglophone world through collectors and curators and the role of galleries, libraries, museums, and archaeological collections.
- The extent of ‘Persian’ distinctiveness within spheres of material exchange and interaction across the Middle East and India and between those regions and Europe.
- The histories of encounters between Anglophone and Persianate political and economic interests including the reception and representation of Persian history over time.
- Conflicts, revolutions, flashpoints and radical change, from the Mongol invasions to the Great Game, oil and the 1979 Revolution.
- Cultural and historical expressions of Perso and Islamo-phobia and -philia.
- Histories of religious and political polemic.
- The cultural life of Islam in its various forms, including Shi’ism and Sufism, in the Anglophone imagination.
- The dynamics of gender, race, sexuality, and power at work in cross-cultural encounters and exchanges.
Confirmed speakers include Prof Lloyd Ridgeon (Reader in Islamic Studies, University of Glasgow) and Dr Nur Sobers-Khan (Lead Curator, South Asian Collections, British Library).
Please send proposals of no more than 200 words to email@example.com by Saturday 15 August. Proposals should be accompanied by a 50-word biography, and an indication (if known at this point) of your availability between 10-12 December.
Joanna de Groot (History/Centre for C18th Studies/Centre for Modern Studies)
Shazia Jagot (English/Centre for Medieval Studies)
James Williams (English/Centre for Modern Studies)
7. Piety, Politics, and Everyday Ethics in Southeast Asian Islam
Ed. Robert Rozehnal
London: Bloomsbury 2020.
8. Short Course – Manuscripts in Arabic Script, Introduction to Codicology
14-15 August 2020
This online course (2 days) aims to introduce Arabic manuscripts from a codicological and textual point of view. The first day will provide an overview of the field of codicology and it role in the manuscript field in general and in identifying the key features of the manuscript in particular. The second session will be dedicated to writing supports, the structure of quires, ruling and page layout, bookbinding, ornamentation, tools and materials used in bookmaking, and the palaeography of book hands. The second day will focus on the importance of manuscripts in research. While the first session will cover the Para-textual features in the Arabic manuscripts, the second session will demonstrate the different approaches in editing manuscripts.
This introductory course is intended for students, researchers and librarians who are working in the field of manuscript studies. In the two-days course, a wide range of aspects will be covered for those who are acquiring basic knowledge in this field.
– Basic understanding of the field of manuscript studies in general.
– Identify the role of manuscripts in knowledge production in different areas studies in Muslim cultures.
Length of course
2 days (4 lectures)
Dr Walid Ghali is the Head of the Aga Khan Library, London, Assistant Professor at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and a Chartered Librarian of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). Also, he is a member of the Islamic Manuscript Association, University of Cambridge.
Dr Ghali received his PhD from Cairo University, Faculty of Arts in 2012. His current research projects focus on the Islamic manuscript traditions, particularly in Arabic script, and the history of books. Dr Ghali teaches Sufism, Arabic literature and manuscript traditions.
Before moving to London, Dr Ghali worked in various librarian roles at the American University in Cairo. He has also held several consultancy roles in and outside Egypt, such as the Ministry of Endowment, Qatar University and the Supreme Council for Culture in Kuwait.
14-15 August 2020, 11.00-14.00
Tickets and Booking
Tickets: £50 per day, £80 two days. Register as soon as possible.
*The course will be delivered via Zoom. Further details will be provided later upon registration. For any questions about the course, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Senior Teaching Fellow in Israeli & Middle Eastern Studies
SOAS University of London
The School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics (LCL) is recruiting a Senior Teaching Fellow in Israeli & Middle Eastern Studies. You will be expected to establish and maintain good working relationships with students, staff, academic peers and external/professional organisations. Flexibility and responsiveness, particularly to the changing education environment is also a key requirement.
Closing date for applications | 29 June 2020
Language Tutor in Arabic (Fixed-term)
The University of Manchester
Applications are invited for the fixed-term post of Language Tutor in Arabic, which is tenable from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021. You must possess near-native command of both Arabic and English; demonstrate excellent language-teaching skills; and, have an educational background appropriate to the delivery of the specified duties.
Closing date for applications | 8 July 2020
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Queen Mary University of London
A Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available in Dr Isabelle Mareschal’s group to conduct a qualitative study of how children’s learning and education are influenced by participation in a non-formal education intervention and to examine how an education intervention can best be developed and implemented in humanitarian crisis contexts. Because the project involves one-on-one interviews in Jordan, fluency in Arabic and a familiarity with Jordanian and Syrian cultural contexts is required. The successful applicant must be willing to conduct one-on-one interviews with adults and children in Jordan in safe but challenging environments with limited supervision.
Closing date for applications | 12 July 2020
10. Other opportunities
CBRL 2020 Undergraduate Dissertation Prize
Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL)
CBRL have announced the undergraduate dissertation prizes in the field of Levantine Studies for the academic year 2020:
- Levantine archaeology or history: the CBRL Prize for a final-year undergraduate dissertation, or major research paper
- Contemporary Levantine studies: the CBRL Prize for a final-year undergraduate dissertation, or major research paper
UK based heads of departments, chairs of departmental examination boards or their representatives can nominate up to one final year dissertaion in each of the above subject areas.
Deadline | 31 July 2020
Call for Submissions: 2021 Sheikh Zayed Book Award
Submissions are now open for the 15th edition of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award. This is one of the world’s leading Arabic book prizes which annually awards outstanding literary and scholarly works written in Arabic or engaging with Arabic culture. Each year prizes are awarded by an independent jury to authors, translators, publishers, and organisations from around the world. Each winner receives 750,000 UAE Dirhams (£166,000 / $204,000) to support their career and create opportunities for greater scholarship and creativity.
Deadline | 1 October 2020
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