Study of Islam Section, AAR:

Jobs, in Islamic Studies
Starting Fall 2002
Applications due Fall 2001



-The following list is not intended to be exhaustive, merely a beginning resource for our members. While every attempt is made to make sure that it does include all jobs for Islamic Studies, you might be able to qualify for jobs in other departments based on your qualifications.

-The emphasis is usually on tenure-track jobs, although attempts will be made to identify temporary positions as well.

-The following list usually includes jobs through departments of Religion, Philosophy and Religion, or Theology. It does not always include jobs in Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Classics, History, Anthropology, Women's Studies, etc. To put it differently, if a school conducts its interviews at the AAR, it will probably be listed here. If it conducts them at MESA, AHA, etc., it may or may not be.

-The list focuses on jobs in the United States. There are of course other positions in Canada, Europe, Asia, etc. which are not always included.

-The positions are simply listed in alphabetical order.

-If any school has an opening which they would like to advertise here, the advertisements may be sent to Omid Safi, (email: the webmaster for the Study of Islam section at the AAR.


Jobs starting Fall 2002:


Assumption College

History: Assistant Professor, tenure-track, beginning August 2002. Historian of Islam and the Middle East. To develop courses in the field
and also to teach sections of the History of Western Civilization. Areasof specialization open; background in the medieval period especially
welcome. Ph.D. required. Candidate must understand and support theCatholic liberal arts mission of the College. Please forward a letter of
application, curriculum vitae, official academic transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Professor Leslie Choquette, Chair, Search
Committee, Department of History, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-1296. Deadline for applications:
November 1, 2001. Assumption College encourages applications from candidates of diverse cultural background. EOE.





Department of Religious Studies, TT appointment (Assistant Professor) in Islam, commencing August 2002. Seek candidates able to present important dimensions of contemporary Islam to an undergraduate audience. Teaching responsibilities will include some of the following: Islam; Western Religions; World Religions/Global Issues; Ethical Issues/Religion; Wealth/Power/Justice in World's Religions; Women/Religion; Mysticism East/West; Teaching About Religions in America's Public Schools; occasional seminar; courses in the person's area of strength and interest (e.g. religion/politics; religion/law; Islam in America; comparative Western scriptural traditions; Islam and human rights; women and Islam; Arabic). Candidate expected to make some connections with Muslim student groups on campus, and contributed to cross-disciplinary program development with some of the following programs: Middle Eastern Studies, Modern Jewish/Israel Studies, African/African-American Studies; Asian Studies, American Studies, Humanities. Candidate also expected to contribute to the Department's ongoing public education initiatives. Application letter, comprehensive CV, transcripts, three recent letters of recommendation, substantive writing sample, sample syllabi, statement of teaching/educational philosophy, and teaching evaluations to: Joel Zimbelman / Chair, Search Committee / Department of Religious Studies / California State University, Chico/ Chico, California 95929-0740; (full vacancy announcement available); (530)-898-4741 or 898-5661; FAX (530)-898-5468;


California State University, Fresno

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FRESNO announces an assistant professor, tenure-track appointment, beginning Fall 2002. Four courses/semester; two semesters/year. Ph.D. in philosophy or religious studies should be completed by July 1, 2002. Primary specialization in Western religious traditions as philosophically articulated, especially Islam and Judaism. Teaching competence in philosophy (epistemology) of religion and familiarity with current theories and methodologies in the study of religion. Candidates who show strength in bridging East-West religion/philosophy (e.g., comparative religion/philosophy) will be preferred. Initial salary dependent upon academic preparation and professional experience; probable range: $42,000-44,000. Support for research is available. Successful candidate must be interested and able to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. EO/AAE. Required for application: (a) letter of application indicating specific qualifications for the position; (b) current CV; (c) three recent letters of recommendation (at least one regarding teaching); (d) recent paper in field of specialization. Search Committee B., Philosophy Department, CSU Fresno, 2380 E. Keats Ave., Fresno, CA 93720-8024. Position open until filled. To insure full consideration for interview at Denver AAR, complete applications should be postmarked by November 2, 2001


California State University, Northridge

California State University, Northridge invites applications for a tenure track assistant professorship as a historian with training and
research concentrated in the pre-modern Islamic world and the modern Middle East. The department seeks a candidate with evidence of teaching
excellence and strong research potential. The candidate must have a strong commitment to teaching and scholarship and be prepared to teach a
variety of courses in South and/or Central American history to majors, non-majors, and graduate students. The candidate will be expected to
Ursus and publish significant and ongoing scholarship, to pursue grants to support that research, to develop research opportunities for
students, be involved in university service, make professional contributions to the field, and assist in the preparation of K-12
teachers. The candidate should demonstrate a strong commitment (1) to teaching a diverse student population and (2) linking one's research and
scholarship to teaching. Normal teaching load is 12 units per semester. Salary $41,940 negotiable. Ph.D. by August 2002 required. At the time of
appointment, the successful applicant, if not a United States citizen, must have authorization from U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
to work within the United States. Applications received by 1 November 2001 will be included in the first review and selection of candidates to
be interviewed. Applications should include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, three letters of recommendation,
a writing sample and abstract of dissertation, a sample syllabus, and teaching evaluations if available. Send application to the address
below.CSUN is an EEO/AA Employer.

Chair, Islamic History Search and Screen
Department of History
CSU Northridge
Northridge, CA 91330-8250

Phone: 818-677-3566
Fax: 818-677-3614


University of California, Riverside

University of California, Riverside. The Department of Religious Studies invites nominations and applications for a
tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Islam. Cultural area, historic period of specialization and methodology of the study of Islam
are open; familiarity with classical scriptural and oral traditions,jurisprudence, major sects, principal schools of thought and forms of
practice are desirable. Demonstrated competence in theoretical and comparative issues in the field of religious studies is expected, as
well as the ability to relate the study of Islam as a religion to other programs in the humanities and social sciences. Candidates must possess
a strong commitment to teaching excellence and a high research potential. Ph.D. required at time of appointment. Salary is commensurate
with education and experience. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation (to be sent separately by
authors) to Professor Ivan Strenski, Chair of the Search Committee, c/o Diane Shaw, Religious Studies Department, UC Riverside, Riverside, CA
92521. Review of completed applications will begin on October 5, 2001 and continue until position is filled. Appointment to begin July 1,
2002. EOE/AA.


Central Michigan University

Religion: Central Michigan University offers a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor for an historian of religion or other broadly trained scholar of religion qualified to teach World Religions. Specialization: Judaism or Islam. Primary language competence required, relevant field experience preferred. Must have Ph.D. or ABD with Ph.D. expected by January, 2003. Demonstrated scholarly potential required. Demonstrated undergraduate teaching ability also required. Although CMU is a doctoral/research intensive university, it has no graduate program in Religion. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae (including list of graduate coursework and university courses taught), official transcripts, and three letters of reference to Guy Newland, Chair, Religion Search Committee, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48859. Applications must be received by November 15, 2001. CMU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that is strongly and actively committed to increasing diversity within its community.


Elon University: Two year appointment

ELON UNIVERSITY (, Philosophy/Religious Studies, invites applications for a two-year joint appointment in Islamic Studies, Visiting Professor status, beginning Fall 2002. The successful candidate will have both disciplinary training and broad intellectual interests, the ability to teach Islamic philosophy and religion,and be able to teach in the interdisciplinary general studies program. Secondary competency expected in at least one of the following areas: third-world feminism, the role of Islam in the contemporary world, political philosophy, philosophy of society, and the Sufi tradition. Ph.D. required. Send letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation, teaching documentation, statement of teaching philosophy, and transcripts to: Philosophy/Religious Studies Search Committee, Campus Box 2315, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina, 27244. Applications received by November 15 will be considered for interviews at the AAR/SBL meeting in Denver. Applications received by December 15 will be considered for interviews at the APA in Atlanta. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. EEOE


Holy Cross:

THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS, Department of Religious Studies, announces a tenure-track position, rank and salary open, in Islam. Applicants should hold a PhD or anticipate its completion by the time of appointment in August, 2002. Commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching in area of specialization as well as thematic courses in world religions, continuing scholarship, and service on College committees is expected. Please send letter of application, graduate transcripts, vita, and dossier, including three letters of recommendation, to Professor Todd Lewis, Hiring Committee Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Box 139-A, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA 01610-2395. Preliminary interviews by invitation will be held at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in Denver, November 17-20, 2001. The College of the Holy Cross is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to nurturing a culturally diverse faculty and student body. Women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Application deadline: November 1, 2001

University of Illinois (Chicago):

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (CHICAGO), the Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Arabic and Islamic Thought at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective August 2002, pending final budgetary and administrative authorization. Candidates should have completed the Ph.D. by fall semester 2002, with a specialization in either classical Arabic language and literature or Islamic thought, and should demonstrate promise in research and teaching. The teaching load will be two courses per semester, and in addition to courses that grow out of the candidate’s special interests, duties will include teaching one Arabic course per term. We are particularly interested in identifying candidates who can make a solid contribution to our expanding program in Religious Studies at UIC. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
For fullest consideration, please send the following so as to arrive by 1 November 2001: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, dossier containing a minimum of three letters of recommendation (together with transcripts of graduate courses for candidates who have not yet earned their terminal degree), and a sample of scholarly writing. Materials should be addressed to: Professor John T. Ramsey, Chair, Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies (MC 129), University of Illinois at Chicago, 601 South Morgan Street, Chicago IL 60607-7112. Preliminary discussions may be conducted at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in Denver and at the MESA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, both held on 17-20 November. Your application should state whether you plan to attend one of these meetings. Inquiries by e-mail may be addressed to: The University of Illinois is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Application deadline: November 1, 2001.

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Quranic Studies, Institute of Isma'ili Studies

The Institute of Ismaili Studies is inviting applications for two postdoctoral fellowships in Quranic Studies. The positions are open to any discipline in Quranic Studies The Institute of Ismaili Studies was established in 1977 with the object of promoting scholarship and learning on Islam, in the historical as well as contemporary context, and a better understanding of its relationship with other societies and faiths. The fellowships will be based at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, UK. The first one will commence in Spring 2002 and the second one in Summer 2002. They will be tenable for one year. The fellowship stipend will be commensurate with the qualification and experience of the candidates. Deadline for submission of applications for the Spring fellowship is January 2002 and the Summer fellowship is April 2002. To apply for the fellowship, candidates should send a curriculum vitae, research proposal, professional experience, publications and names and contact details of two referees to Dr Shainool Jiwa, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, 42-44 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 2SL. Fax: 0207 881 6040.

International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World

UNIVERSITY OF NIJMEGEN, the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), based in Leiden, invites applications for the ISIM Chair for ‘Social Processes in the Contemporary Muslim World’ at the University of Nijmegen. The chair is to be established at the Department of the Middle East of the Faculty of Arts in cooperation with the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Theology. ISIM promotes and conducts research on contemporary social, intellectual, and religious trends and movements in Muslim societies and communities. The ISIM’s research approaches are expressly interdisciplinary and comparative and cover the Muslim world in its entirety, including Muslim communities in Europe. The Institute has already established ISIM chairs at Utrecht University, Leiden University and the University of Amsterdam. The Faculties of the Arts, Social Sciences and Theology at the University of Nijmegen organize more than 20 degree programmes and conduct a series of research programmes at 6 institutes. Together these faculties employ over 750 permanent staff members and count more than 7000 students.
Candidates should: have an established international reputation in the study of contemporary Muslim societies and communities; have extensive knowledge of one or more regions and be well versed in comparative social science research; have a strong record of field experience; have wide-ranging international academic contacts; have an excellent command of languages relevant to their field of research as well as fluency in English; and have experience in teaching and supervising research.
The holder of the ISIM Chair will be expected to carry out the following tasks at the University of Nijmegen: initiate and develop research programmes and conduct research within the framework of the cooperation between the University of Nijmegen and the ISIM; teach classes and provide supervision to undergraduate and graduate students; and contribute to various other academic activities such as conferences and special lectures in cooperation with the other ISIM chairholders. Foreign candidates are expected to acquire a working knowledge of Dutch within two years.This ISIM Professorship is a full-time position at the University of Nijmegen for a maximum of five years. Continuation of the chair after five years will be subject to review by the University. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should send a full CV, including a list of publications, copies of three key publications, and the names of two referees, to: Prof. Muhammad Khalid Masud, ISIM, PO Box 11089, 2301 EB Leiden, The Netherlands.
For information contact the ISIM: (+31 (0) 71 527 7905; fax: +31 (0) 71 527 7906; Applicants may wish to consult the internet sites of the ISIM ( and the University of Nijmegen ( Application deadline: April 27, 2001.


Miami University

MIAMI UNIVERSITY, Oxford, Ohio, Department of Comparative Religion. Tenure track Assistant Professor to teach undergraduate and M.A. level courses in Islamics and other aspects of religious studies; to participate in graduate examinations and direct M.A. theses; and to team-teach in introductory lecture courses. Ph.D. in religious studies or closely cognate area with focus in Islam required; ABDs will be considered only with assurance that degree will be in hand by 8/02. Our orientation is towards comparative religion/history of religions, and we seek a colleague who will be comfortable in this intellectual environment. Send letter of application, CV, evidence of teaching and research ability, and have three letters of reference sent to Peter W. Williams, Acting Chair, Dept. of Comparative Religion, Miami University, Oxford OH 45056. (Fax 513-529-1774; e-mail Further information on the departmnet can be found on the Web at Screening of applicants will begin immediately; applications should be received by 11/9 so that preliminary interviews can be arranged at the Denver AAR meeting. This position is subject to final administrative approval.


New York University

The Department of Middle Eastern Studies at New York University invites applications for a new position in the field of Islamic studies, to begin September 1, 2002, pending budgetary and administrative approval. The position is open rank. Applicants' research should focus on the period from the emergence of Islam through the 13th century CE, with a thorough grounding in (and ability to teach) foundational texts, including Quran and hadith, and an engagement with current trends and debates in the field. Areas of specialization might include Islamic law, theology, philosophy and/or adab. We are seeking candidates who share our interest in historically and textually-grounded, comparative, and interdisciplinary approaches; can teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, including supervision of doctoral dissertations; and complement the research and teaching interests of current faculty members. Candidates should send a detailed letter, c.v., and at least three letters of recommendation, by December 15, 2001, to: Chair, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, New York University, 50 Washington Square South, New York NY 10012. NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


University of Oregon


The University of Oregon seeks to appoint a full-time Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, with responsibility for courses in Islam, beginning fall term 2002. Ph.D. or equivalent degree must be awarded by September 2002. This is a tenure-track position, and the salary will be competitive. The primary area of specialization should be aspects of thought and practice central to the study of Islam, including classical textual/oral traditions, jurisprudence, and major schools of thought. The preference is for a research focus on the formative period of Islamic society through the 14th century. Candidate must have demonstrated competence in primary sources in their original languages, especially Arabic.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a chronological sequence of courses on Islam and Islamic culture, as well as more specialized courses in his or her areas of interest. Candidate will normally be responsible for teaching an introductory course on Western religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) in alternate years. Teaching load is normally five courses per year. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue a program of research and publication in the field of specialty. All faculty are expected to perform the normal range of department and university advising and service. Candidate will participate in the development of an MA program.

The Department of Religious Studies, one of the first Religious Studies departments at a public institution in the country, includes four full-time “core faculty” and a dozen or so “affiliated faculty” who have primary appointments in other departments. It offers a major and a minor leading to either the B.A. or B.S. degree, and there are typically between thirty-five and fifty majors.

The University of Oregon is located in the city of Eugene (pop. approx. 137,000) at the head of the Willamette Valley in western Oregon. The UO is a comprehensive research university and member of the AAU. It currently enrolls a little more than 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Slightly more than half of the students are Oregonians, 10% are international students, and the rest come from all regions of the United States.

Each applicant should submit a C.V.; a letter outlining his or her academic qualifications for this position, research goals, and philosophy of undergraduate education; and a list of the courses that he or she has taught or is prepared to teach. Each applicant must also arrange for graduate transcripts and three letters of reference to be forwarded directly. All materials should be addressed to Chair, Islam Search Committee, Department of Religious Studies , 1294 University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403-1294, FAX 541-346-4118 Email (for inquiries) Review of completed applications will commence November 19, 2001 and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Oregon is an equal-opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.


University of Puget Sound

UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND invites applications for the position of Luce Assistant Professor of Islamic Societies in Southeast Asia. We seek an outstanding teacher-scholar with a deep interest in and commitment to interdisciplinary study and the liberal arts who is a social scientist and a specialist in the study of Southeast Asian Muslim Societies. This tenure-line appointment will be made at the assistant professor level in an appropriate department and in the Asian Studies Program. A doctoral degree (ABD considered) in a related field, including Economics, History, Political Science or Anthropology, and a commitment to liberal arts education required. Candidates should possess language facility sufficient to conduct research in Southeast Asia. The Luce Assistant Professor will be expected to contribute to the curricula of the designated department and the Asian Studies Program as well as the University's Core Curriculum. Teaching load is three courses per semester. Other duties include advising students and participating in projects serving our institutional mission. In addition the Luce Foundation supports the position with a program fund of $10,000 annually for four years for library materials, research projects, visiting lectureships, student internships, travel and other activities aimed at enhancing the Asian Studies Program. The University of Puget Sound is an independent predominantly residential liberal arts college with approximately 2500 undergraduates and 150 graduate students enrolled in three masters programs. Puget Sound seeks to develop in its students capacities for critical analysis, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifelong cultivation of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. A Puget Sound education encourages a rich knowledge of self and others, of commonality and difference, as well as the full, open, and civil discussion of ideas, preparing the University's graduates to meet the highest tests of democratic citizenship. Puget Sound faculty are committed to teaching excellence, scholarly engagement, and fruitful student-faculty interactions. Puget Sound's web site may be found at Initial funding for this position is provided by a generous grant from The Henry Luce Foundation. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates has been identified. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit application materials postmarked no later than November 27, 2001 to insure consideration. To apply, submit a letter of interest, vita, brief statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference to: Luce Assistant Professor Search / University of Puget Sound / P.O. Box 7297 / Tacoma, WA 98406. The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator/employer.


Reed College

REED COLLEGE,  the members of the Religion Department, invite applicants for a tenure track position. They plan to appoint at the assistant professor level; queries and applications from more senior scholars, however, may be considered. The position will begin in the academic year 2002-03. The department seeks applicants who specialize in Modern Islam. Above all, candidates should be instructors with a strong commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level. Candidates should also be self-aware in method and knowledgeable of the various theories and practices current in the critical study of religion, including theories of race, ethnicity and social identity. The successful candidate will teach an introduction to his or her area of specialization, advanced seminars in the Religion Department, and participate in the team-taught interdisciplinary Western Humanities program. All members of the Religion Department also advise senior theses as required by the college. We will also be conducting preliminary interviews at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. Please send letter, CV, and three letters of recommendation to: Steven M. Wasserstrom, Chair, Search Committee in Religion, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock, Portland OR 97202. Reed College is an equal opportunity employer. Review of applications begins November 2, 2001 and will continue until the position is filled.


University of Richmond

The University of Richmond invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the Islamic World to begin fall
semester 2002. Candidates should have a strong broad understanding of the Islamic World since the 7th century with research and teaching
concentrations in the modern period (18th century to the present). The appointee will be expected to contribute to the general education
program as well as teach advanced courses in the field and participate in the International Studies program. Ph.D. should be completed by
August 2002. Send or have sent letter of application, c.v, official transcripts, and dossier with at least three letters to recommendation
by November 1, 2001 to Joan Bak, Chair, Islamic World search, Department of History, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia 23173. EOE/AA. Website:



RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY, the Department of Religion invites applications for a position in Islam, rank open, to begin Fall 2002. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding teaching and research abilities. Teaching duties will include undergraduate introductory courses in the history of world religions in addition to the candidate’s primary specialization. It is highly desirable that the candidate has competence in current theories and methodologies in the study of religion and can participate in and make a contribution to the general development of the program. Salary commensurate with experience. Initial interviews will be held at AAR in November and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. No application by fax or e-mail. Applicants are requested to send a letter of application, a CV, at least 3 letters of recommendation, and writing sample to: Chün-fang Yü, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Religion, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 70 Lipman Drive, Room 140, New Brunswick NJ 08901-8525. EO/AA employer. Applications reviewed until filled.


San Diego State

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY, Department of Religious Studies, announces an opening for a tenure-track assistant professor, Islam and Culture, to begin Fall Semester 2002. Demonstrated interdisciplinary teaching and research interests and the ability to work well with students from diverse cultural backgrounds as well as a commitment to teaching excellence and scholarship are essential. We encourage applications from candidates whose horizon is the global, interactive development of Islam in diverse cultural settings including Islam in America. We prefer someone able to engage in dialogue or fieldwork with local immigrant communities and/or secondary competence in American religious diversity. Ph.D. required. Interviews at AAR in Denver. Applicant screening to begin 11/1/01. Send dossier to Chair, Department of Religious Studies, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92182-8143. SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Title IX Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, or disability.


San Francisco State University

SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY, Department of Humanities, announces a tenure-track position in the comparative and integrative study of the arts and cultures of Islam. Requirements: knowledge of at least one major Islamic textual and cultural tradition; ability to teach it in several comparative and interdisciplinary contexts; record of interdisciplinary research and teaching; facility in Arabic, Turkish, Farsi, or another language appropriate to the candidate’s research; familiarity with current trends in humanities scholarship: PhD in any disciplinary or interdisciplinary field in the humanities; interdisciplinary quality of scholarship and teaching should be evident.
    Assistant Professor level, salary range $44,000-$50,000. Candidate must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D by the date of appointment. We are particularly interested in attracting women, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities. San Francisco State University is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer. Send application letter, CV, three letters of reference, sample of scholarly work to: Chair, HRTP Committee, Humanities Department, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco CA 94132-4162. Review begins October 1, 2001, and will continue until filled.

Swarthmore College

SWARTHMORE COLLEGE invites applicants for a full time, tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor rank in the Department of Religion. Candidate will teach courses in Islam and may co-teach an introduction to religion course. He/she must be rooted in a civilizational approach to the study of Islam and conversant in one or two local/regional traditions. Knowledge of contemporary issues and social movements, particularly in light of religious traditions, would be valuable. The candidate should have spent some time in the Muslim world. Ph.D. and proven teaching excellence preferred. Send letter of application, three recommendations and current CV to Professor Jerry Frost, Search Committee, Department of Religion, Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081 by December 1, 2001. We wish to do preliminary interviews at the AAR so dossiers need to be sent promptly. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer; women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Texas A & M

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY, the Department of History invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship beginning in September 2002. Specialists in any field or any time period of the history of Islamic societies are encouraged to apply. Send letter of application, a current c.v., and three letters of reference to: Chair, Islamic Search, Department of History, Texas A&M University, College Station TX 77843-4236. Texas A&M University is an AA/EOE and has a policy of being responsive to the needs of dual-career couples. Application deadline: November 20, 2001

University of Toronto

THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, the Department for the Study of Religion (2/3) and the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (1/3), invite applications for a tenure-stream Assistant or Associate Professorship in Islamic Religion. Applicants should have a PhD in Religion or Islamic studies, have a demonstrated research record, and be able to take an active part in graduate supervision. The area and period of specialization within Islamic Religion is open, but teaching responsibilities may include courses on the Qur’an and on Islamic Law (utilizing Arabic primary sources at the graduate level), as well as introductory courses on Islamic Religion and World-Religions. An acquaintance with current questions of method and theory in the study of religion is expected. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of reference should be sent to: Professor J. Goering, Chair, Dept. for the Study of Religion, 123 St. George St., University of Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E8. Candidates invited for an interview will be asked to send samples of their published work. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas. Application deadline: October 22, 2001.


1. The  University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for a rank-open Islamicist specializing in the Qur’an and Islamic law. Candidates must have mastered the early Islamic tradition, especially the Qur’an and other classical legal sources in Arabic. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory courses on Islam as needed; advanced courses on the Qur’an, tafsir in a major Islamic language, Islamic law, and Islamic ethics; and the direction of graduate research. The appointment will be 100% in the department best suited to the applicant’s areas of expertise, but candidates must be capable of contributing to the development of Middle East Studies and Islamic Studies more broadly at the University, including within the Religious Studies program. Please send a letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (at least the length of an article or dissertation/book chapter) to the address listed below. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. Deadline for applications is December 1, 2001.

2. The University of Wisconsin - Madison seeks to hire a scholar in the area of Islam and politics in the Middle East. This is a tenure-track position with a preference for an assistant professor, though the possibility of hiring an exceptional candidate at the tenured rank is open. Applicants should be prepared to do research and teach in areas related to religion and politics in the regional context of the Middle East, and to work to develop the field of Middle East Studies on campus. Candidates must demonstrate a record of (or potential for) superior scholarly accomplishment. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please send a letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (at least the length of an article or dissertation/book chapter) to the address listed below. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2001.

For both of the above positions, send all application materials to: Michael Chamberlain, Chair, Middle East Search Committee, 331 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Dr., Madison WI 53706.




While the following advertisements do not specifically call for an Islamicist, it may be possible for an Islamicist who is broadly trained in history of religions/comparative religion to receive strong consideration.


Baldwin-Wallace College

BALDWIN-WALLACE COLLEGE has re-opened its search for a tenure track, Assistant Professor position beginning August 2002, with the possibility of starting in January 2002. Candidates should hold the Ph.D. in an area of world religions (preferably a non-Western tradition), be committed to serving students both within and outside the classroom, and be able to teach a variety of courses as a generalist in a small department. Baldwin-Wallace expects all faculty members to take pride in excellent teaching, serve as academic advisors, work collegially with other faculty in the department, and serve on college committees. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated success in college teaching. The Religion Department is an undergraduate department with two full-time members, two members with split assignments, and a number of adjunct instructors. Baldwin-Wallace is a coeducational liberal arts oriented college of about 4600 students, located in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Founded in 1845, Baldwin-Wallace was one of the first Ohio colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender. For more information see Since College has a strong commitment to enrich its academic environment by achieving diversity among faculty and staff, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups, and we strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of interest, and three letters of recommendation along with telephone numbers to: Dr. John Gordon, Acting Chair, Department of Religion, Baldwin-Wallace College, 275 Eastland Road, Berea, OH 44017-2088. Applicants should indicate if they will be available for an interview at the AAR/SBL meeting in Denver, Colo., in November. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 15.


University of Chicago

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO DIVINITY SCHOOL seeks to make an appointment in the area of History of Religions, effective with the 2002-03 academic year. Rank (with tenure or tenure-track), area of specialization, and disciplinary training are open, provided the candidate's primary focus of research and teaching is religion. The School seeks a scholar with superior research skills and a promising agenda for future work in the field. The Divinity School offers the M.A. and M.Div. degrees and the Ph.D. with a concentration in any of nine areas of study; faculty teach and advise students from each of these programs and across the curriculum of the Divinity School, offering courses at introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels. Many faculty hold associate appointments in other departments and schools of the University; such associations are encouraged. Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but the formal deadline for consideration is November 15. Please send a letter of application, a c.v., and three letters of reference to Dean Richard A. Rosengarten, The University of Chicago Divinity School, 1025 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. AA/EOE.


Georgia Southern University

GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY--Religious Studies. Full-time, tenure-track assistant professor. Ph.D. in Religious Studies or relevant discipline by the starting date of the position, August 1, 2002. Salary competitive and dependent upon qualifications. Area of specialization: open. Areas of competence: Biblical studies and comparative religions. All applicants should be able to demonstrate successful teaching experience at the college or university level. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate an ability to work with a diverse student population. Teaching assignment is 12 hours at the undergraduate level per semester. Responsibilities also include non-teaching duties as assigned by the department chair. Knowledge of languages appropriate for scholarship preferred. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the department, we seek applicants who can demonstrate an academic interest in literature and philosophy. Georgia Southern is a public university. For more information about the department, visit Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, a separate statement of scholarly interests and teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Bruce Krajewski, Chair, Department of Literature and Philosophy, Georgia Southern University, P.O.B. 8023, Statesboro, Georgia 30460-8023 USA. Postmark deadline: November 1, 2001. The names of applicants and nominees, résumés and other general non-evaluative information are subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Persons who need reasonable accommodation(s) in the search process under the Americans with Disabilities Act should notify the chair.


Marlboro College

Marlboro College, a liberal arts institution of 300 students and 39 faculty, invites applications from broadly trained, dedicated teachers for a full-time, tenure-track position in world religions. Applicants must be able to teach broadly, support advanced work in Asian and western religions, and participate in a team-taught foundation course in the humanities. Training in philosophy a plus; Ph.D., college teaching experience required. Send letter addressing teaching philosophy, transcripts, vita, names of references to Dean of Faculty, Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont 05344, by September 1, 2001. Starts September 1, 2002. EOE.


Simpson College

SIMPSON COLLEGE seeks qualified applicants for a tenure track, Instructor/Assistant Professor position to teach an introductory course in world religions and upper-level courses in a specific non-western religious tradition. Comparative religions approach preferable. Starting date August 2002. Ph.D. or ABD in Religion required. Ability and interest in the teaching of undergraduates is crucial. Interest in teaching a course in women in religion would be an additional strength. Send letter of application, vita and three letters of recommendation to John A. Pauley, Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Simpson College, Indianola, IA 50125. Deadline for the completed applications is November 30 Selected early applicants will be interviewed at AAR November 17-19. EOE/AA Minority and women candidates are encouraged to apply.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH, Department of Religious Studies & Anthropology, seeks a tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Religious Studies. Broad training is required in History of Religions, with specialization in Indigenous Religions (including African traditional) or Islam. Courses to be taught include World Religions and, depending on specialization, Indigenous Religions, Islam, African Religion, African American Religion, and other courses specific to research interests. Appointment begins September, 2002. Ph.D. in Religious Studies required by starting date of appointment. Evidence of teaching versatility and excellence, and scholarly productivity and promise required. Faculty have access to the University's nationally known Faculty Development Program and will be encouraged to seek extramural funding. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is an AA/EO institution. To apply, send a letter of application, official transcripts, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation by November 30, 2001, to: Chair; Search and Screen Committee; Department of Religious Studies & Anthropology; University of Wisconsin Oshkosh; 800 Algoma Boulevard; Oshkosh, WI 54901. Prospective candidates may be interviewed at the Annual Meeting of the AAR.



Lastly, the following position would especially like to receive applications from candidates in Islamic studies:


Brandeis University

BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY, announces a one year, full-time research professorship, on any level, for 2002/2003 (funding pending) in Feminist Sexual Ethics. Researcher will work within the multi-racial, multi-ethnic project on Feminist Sexual Ethics: Creating Debate on How to Respect the Full Human Dignity of All Persons, which focuses on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the US, as well as on their scriptures, traditions, and history. She or he will pursue an independent research project at Brandeis, teach a course in either semester, and convene a brown-bag lunch series or colloquium. We invite scholars and practitioners to propose research on sexual ethics and religious traditions. Topics may include sexual identity, marriage, sexual violence, or sex education. As an EEO/AA employer, Brandeis is committed to building a diverse faculty and invites applications from women and minorities. Send completed applications and have three letters of recommendation sent directly to: Feminist Sexual Ethics Project, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, MS 054, Brandeis University, Waltham Massachusetts 02454-9110. Obtain application forms from; 781-736-3228; fax: 781 736-2070; or Application deadline: January 4, 2002.

York University
Division of Humanities
South Asian Religions and Cultures

The Division of Humanities in the Faculty of Arts, York University, invites applications for a tenure-stream position at the Assistant Professor level in South Asian Religions and Cultures. Applicants should have the appropriate scholarly strengths to conduct research in South Asian religions and cultures within a broad interpretive framework and to teach at the introductory and advanced levels in the Division's interdisciplinary Foundations and upper-level courses. The successful applicant will also be expected to teach in the Religious Studies Programme. Duties may include teaching in the proposed graduate Programme in the Humanities. Candidates should be actively engaged in a program of scholarly research. A Ph. D. or equivalent is essential. Salary depends upon qualifications and experience. The position, to commence July 1, 2002, is subject to budgetary approval by the University. Applicants should send a letter of application, including a c.v., and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent no later than January 7, 2002 to:

Professor Doug Freake, Chair
Division of Humanities
York University
Rm. 207 Vanier College
4700 Keele Street
North York, Ontario

York University has an Affirmative Action Program with respect to its faculty and librarian appointments. The designated groups are: women, racial/visible minorities, persons with disabilities and aboriginal peoples. Persons in these groups must self-identify in order to participate in the Affirmative Action Program. The Division of Humanities welcomes applications from persons in these groups. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York's website at or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-736-5713. Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be considered first for this position.

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