Position Opening: Lectureship in Islamic Studies and Arabic

Posted on March 17, 2009


The University of Edinburgh is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Islamic Studies and Arabic in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies beginning in September 2009.


The successful candidate is expected to have the ability to engage in teaching in core areas of Islamic studies (such as the Qur¹an, Sufism, hadith, fiqh, or philosophy). Fluency in Arabic is essential, and the successful candidate will be expected to teach courses using Arabic texts as well as courses using texts in translation. A degree of fluency in another related language ­ especially Persian and/or Turkish ­ is an added advantage. In addition, this candidate will show promise in or have an established record of achieving excellence in research and publication.


This candidate will contribute to a new undergraduate degree in Islamic Studies, as well as supervising postgraduates in a wide range of topics relating to the study of Islam. Additional desirable areas of academic interest may include: Islamic science, modern Islamic movements, kalam, gender studies, Islamic finance, regional interests outside of the Arab world, or comparative approaches to the study of Islam.


The successful candidate will join a dynamic department committed to excellence in teaching and research, with a long history of prominence in Islamic studies.

In the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise, IMES achieved the second-highest national result, confirming the department’s continuing role as a leading programme for research and study of Islam, the Middle East, and other related subjects; in the assessment over 70% of research activity in IMES was classified as being Œworld-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour’.


At the University of Edinburgh, IMES operates in partnership with two other major centres of research and teaching relating to the Arab and Islamic worlds, the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (http://www.casaw.ac.uk), and the new Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World.


For those who wish to apply on-line, please follow the on-line application procedure at www.jobs.ed.ac.uk Applications should include the names and addresses of two referees. These should be asked to send their references at the time of application directly


Islamic Studies Search

Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

University of Edinburgh

19 George Square Edinburgh, UK EH8 9LD

Phone: +44 (0) 131 650 4182; Fax: +44 (0) 131 650 6804

Email: islamic.studies@ed.ac.uk

Website: www.imes.ed.ac.uk


Applicants should ensure that their references the address above by the posted deadline. Failure to do so may result in the application not being considered for short-listing. It is anticipated that interviews will be held in Edinburgh beginning the week of 11 May or as soon as possible thereafter.



Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World University of Edinburgh

16-19 George Square

Edinburgh EH8 9LD

Web: www.casaw.ac.uk


The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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