Study of Islam Section, AAR:

Jobs, in Islamic Studies
Starting Fall 2005
Applications due Fall 2004

-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.


ALBION COLLEGE Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position (entry level) in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies beginning in the fall of 2005. Teaching load is 3 per semester and will include introductory survey courses and upper level courses in candidate's area of specialty. Candidates are expected to have command of the classical sources of Islam as well as competence in Middle Eastern culture or an Islamic society in Asia. Candidates must possess a record or promise of scholarly publishing, relevant linguistic proficiency, and a Ph.D. prior to appointment. Evidence of strong undergraduate teaching preferred. Albion College is a selective liberal arts college of approximately 1,750 students with a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, located in a small, culturally diverse community in south-central Michigan, within an hour's drive of major universities. Send complete dossier, including letter of application, vita, teaching evaluations (if available), writing sample, and three letters of reference to Selva J. Raj, Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Albion College, 611 E. Porter Street, Albion, MI 49224. Deadline for

applications: December 1, 2004. To be considered for interview at AAR in San Antonio, applications should be received by November 8, 2004. Albion College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to diversity as a core institutional value.




Lecturer in the Study of Islam and Muslims

Salary range: £ 22,823 – £ 31,772

Applications are invited for the above post in the Study of Islam and Muslims, at the Al-Maktoum Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies. The successful applicant will have a strong teaching and research profile and be able to make a strong contribution to the academic profile of the Institute. S/he will be required to show a commitment to and participate in the development of the post-orientalist, post-traditional, multicultural, and interdisciplinary agenda for the study of Islam and Muslims as defined by the Dundee Declaration.

The position will be permanent at lecturer level.

The Al-Maktoum Institute is a new and exciting development in teaching and research in Scotland. The Institute offers postgraduate research (MPhil and PhD) and taught masters (MLitt) programmes, validated by the University of Aberdeen. The central aims of the Institute are to foster excellence in teaching, research, and consultancy in the Study of Islam and Muslims.

To this end, all academic staff are expected to be active researchers and teachers, with a PhD and significant research publications, and the ability to teach and supervise at postgraduate level. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the delivery of courses on the Al-Maktoum Institute’s MLitt programmes, and to supervise research students across a range of topics. S/he will also be required to participate in administrative duties relating to various aspects of the work of the Institute, including the effective delivery of Al-Maktoum Institute’s quality assurance systems, Continuing Education classes, and the promotion of the Institute’s research culture and strategy. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the delivery of Continuing Education classes and be at all times an excellent ambassador for the Institute.

Staff appointed as lecturer at the Al-Maktoum Institute will be considered for appointment as honorary lecturer of the University of Aberdeen.

Further particulars are available from the Administrator (tel: 01382 908074; fax: 01382 908077; email: or from the Institute web site

Closing date for applications: 10th January 2005.



*American University in Cairo:  Modern Middle East.
Applications are invited for the following opening at The American University in Cairo (AUC). Founded in 1919, AUC's campus is located in Cairo, Egypt, and its degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Ph.D. in an appropriate field is required. University teaching experience is strongly preferred. One- two- or three-year appointments subject to mutual agreement to begin September 2005. Renewal of an appointment depends upon institutional needs and/or the appointee's performance. Most professorial-level positions are potentially tenurable. The normal teaching load is three courses per semester and English is the language of instruction. Salary and rank are according to scale based on qualifications and professional experience. For expatriates, housing, annual round-trip air travel for appointees and qualifying dependents, schooling for up to two children and other benefits are included. In view of AUC's protocol agreement with the Egyptian Government, which requires specific proportions of Egyptian, U.S., and third-country citizen faculty, at this time preference will be given to qualified applicants who are U.S. citizens.
A possible opening for a historian with specialization in modern history of Middle East/North Africa, to teach required survey courses and some upper-division and graduate seminars. Position # HIST-2.
E-mail letter of application specifying Job # with C.V. and names  and addresses of three references to:

Dr. Earl (Tim) Sullivan, Provost
The American University in Cairo
420 Fifth Avenue, Fl. 3-WEB
New York, N.Y. 10018-2729

For full consideration, applicants should complete the personnel Information Form provided at

Applications accepted until position is filled. Formal review of candidates will begin November 1, 2004.

The American University in Cairo is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Brandeis University:

Assistant Professor in Classical Islam



Brandeis University announces a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in Classical Islam to begin in academic year 2005-06. An outstanding senior scholar might also be considered. The successful candidate must have primary research interests and training in Classical Islam (history, law, theology, philosophy, mysticism, or literature, etc.), but should be able to teach a range of courses on medieval Islam as well as on uses of the classical tradition in modern and contemporary Islam. Candidates must demonstrate expertise in the texts of Classical Islam and be able to teach courses using original Arabic sources and English translation. The appointment is in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. A co-appointment with other departments and/or programs is possible. The successful applicant may be associated with the developing Crown Center for Middle-East Studies at the University. Only applicants with the Ph.D., or who expect to have the Ph.D. by August 2005, will be considered.


We will begin reviewing applications by November 15, 2004. Applications must include: a letter expressing research and teaching interests, CV, one brief writing sample, list of courses taught, teaching evaluations and three confidential letters of reference. In addition, please forward sample course outlines for (1) a beginning undergraduate course in Classical Islam, (2) an advanced course in the texts of Classical Islam for students with a background in MSA, (3) a course involving some aspect of modern Islam. All material should be sent to: Marc Brettler, Chair of Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University, MS 054, PO Box 9110, Waltham, MA 02454-9110.

The Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies includes a variety of courses in the religion, literature, history and culture of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.



*University of California - Berkeley - Assistant Professor in South Asian Islam

Subject to final budgetary approval, the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in South Asian Islam. Candidates should be prepared to teach graduate and undergraduate courses on Islam in its South Asian context. The successful candidate's research interests could be in earlier or more recent periods in the history of South Asian Islam, but knowledge of contemporary South Asian Islam, whether as primary or added area of focus, is greatly to be desired. Candidates should have competence in Urdu; research that utilizes other languages, such as Arabic or Persian, will be welcome. The position is to be effective July 1, 2005.
Applications should consist of a cover letter outlining teaching and research interests, complete dossier, curriculum vitae and writing sample. Applications should be mailed to Chair, South Asian Islam Search Committee, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, 7233 Dwinelle Hall, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720-2540, postmarked by November 30, 2004.
The University of California is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer.
Contact Info:
Chair, South Asian Islam Search Committee, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies 7233 Dwinelle Hall
University of California, Berkeley,
Berkeley, California 94720-2540 




invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the study of Islam, effective July 1, 2005. Specialization is open, but applicants must possess a thorough knowledge of the languages, literatures, and histories of the so-called “classical” period, and must be able to teach Islam's scriptural and oral traditions, major sects, principal schools of thought and forms of practice. Applicants must also demonstrate a command of the theoretical and methodological debates currently at the forefront of the academic study of religion. Appointment will be jointly in the Program for the Study of Religion ( and the Department of Literature (   The Literature Department is committed to the comparative study of world literatures from antiquity to the present. Especially welcome are applicants whose comparative and theoretical training intersects with those of others in the department (including, but not limited to: critical theory, cultural studies, nationalism and postcoloniality, and gender studies). Ph.D. or equivalent, teaching experience, and exceptional potential in scholarship are requisites for the position. Teaching duties will include an undergraduate seminar in the modern study of religion, a lower division lecture course for a college general education requirement, and advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in Islam. This position is pending approval of funding.  Salary commensurate with experience and based on published UC pay scale. Immigration status of non-citizens should be stated in CV. Send letter of application, CV, dossier, and writing sample(s) to Chair, Search Committee, Program for the Study of Religion, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla CA 92093-0410. Please refer to position 130M. Enclose a self-addressed post card if you wish acknowledgment of application and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of writing sample(s). UCSD is an AA/EOE with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity. Application deadline is October 8, 2004.

* University of Chicago Divinity School

The University of Chicago Divinity School seeks to make a faculty appointment in the study of Islam, with an emphasis on the interaction of Islam with political and social structures in the modern and contemporary periods. Rank and salary are open. The School seeks a scholar with superior research skills and a promising agenda for future work in the field. Candidates must demonstrate the highest level of scholarly competence and achievement, as appropriate to their standing in the field, and must have demonstrable skill in the social sciences. 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. The application deadline is September 30th. Please send a letter of application, a c.v., a writing sample of no more than thirty pages, 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.

Phone : (773) 702-8221
Fax : (773) 702-6048
Richard Rosengarten
Divinity School
University of Chicago
1025 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

*Christopher Newport University
Virginia, U.S.A.

Religious Traditions of Judaism and Islam

Christopher Newport University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty appointment in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies for the 2005-2006 academic year. The University is seeking individuals who are both teachers and scholars, who are committed to undergraduate education, who want to engage students in creative
intellectual challenges, and who will be active in their service to the University and community. The desired areas of specialization are the religious traditions of Judaism and Islam with an emphasis on either. The desired area of competence is Comparative Religion. Commensurate language competence supporting particular specialization expected. Experience with or willingness to initiate a study-abroad program in the area of specialization is desirable. A Ph.D. by August 1, 2005, is required for appointment to a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor, but well qualified ABD candidates may be considered for a restricted (non-tenure-track) appointment at the rank of instructor. Teaching experience is required. Full-time teaching experience is preferred.

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies encourages research and publication and looks upon teaching and research as mutually serving the intellectual needs and interest of the faculty and students. The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies serves the general educational requirements with lower level courses in Introduction to World Religions, and upper level courses in a variety of topics in both Western and non-Western religious traditions for both majors and non-majors. The primary teaching responsibilities of the position are the lower-level general
education courses. Christopher Newport University is a selective, residential, state-supported institution of 5,000 students located in the heart of the Virginia Tidewater and within a short distance of both historic Colonial Williamsburg and the ocean resort of Virginia Beach. The University is seeking outstanding
teachers who will engage undergraduate and graduate students in creative and disciplined intellectual challenges. A commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and learning is a hallmark of CNU.

Interested parties are requested to submit a one page letter of application that specifically addresses the position's responsibilities and required/preferred, specialization/competence qualifications stated above, current curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation relevant to the description of the position, a statement of teaching philosophy, and evidence of teaching excellence to:

Director of Equal Opportunity and Faculty Recruitment
Religious Studies (Judaism/Islam) Faculty Search
Search #8262
Christopher Newport University
1 University Place
Newport News, VA 23606-2998

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2004.
Applications received after October 15, 2004, will be accepted but
considered only if needed.  Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully committed to Access
and Opportunity.
Contact Information:
Ms. Michelle Moody
Dir. of EO/Faculty Recruitment
Christopher Newport University
1 University Place
Newport News, VA 23606
Phone : (757) 594-8819
Fax : (757) 594-7508
E-mail :
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FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY, Department of Religious Studies, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Islamic Religious Traditions, beginning in the fall of 2005. The candidate must hold the Ph.D. with a specialization in the study of Islamic Religious Traditions, and show promise of scholarly contributions to the field of religion. The successful candidate must also show exceptional promise as a faculty member in a department that serves the University's undergraduate curriculum, eager to teach both the department's required 'Introduction to Religious Studies' and a variety of courses in her/his specialty. Fairfield is a comprehensive university in the Jesuit tradition where the serious exploration of religion is a central part of the institution's mission and identity. Fairfield University, located in southeastern Connecticut 52 miles from New York City and 18 miles from New Haven, is situated on a beautiful 230 acre campus. Review of applications will commence November 15, 2004 in order to receive consideration for preliminary interviews at the Annual meeting of the AAR/SBL in San Antonio. Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three letters of reference to Dr. Francis T. Hannafey, S.J., Chair, Religious Studies Department, Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824-5195

GETTYSBURG COLLEGE announces a full-time, tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in the Department of Religion, beginning August 2005, in Islam. Research specialization is open, but the successful candidate will be able to offer a variety of introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses on Islam, its religious traditions, culture, and people. Ability to teach 'Introduction to Religion' is also desired. Ph.D. preferred; ABD considered. Evidence or promise of effective classroom teaching, along with an active scholarly research program, is essential. Gettysburg College is a highly selective liberal arts college located within 90 minutes of the Washington/ Baltimore metropolitan area. Established in 1832, the College has a rich history and is situated on a 220-acre campus with an enrollment of 2,500 students. Gettysburg College celebrates diversity and especially invites applications from members of any group that has been historically underrepresented in the American academy. The College assures equal employment opportunity and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, and disability. Send letter of application, cv, and three letters of recommendation, at least one of which addresses the candidate's teaching ability, to: Prof. Charles D. Myers, Chair, Department of Religion, Box 408, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA 17325-1486. Electronic applications are discouraged. Review of candidates will begin on October 22, 2004, and will continue until the position is filled. Interviews of selected candidates may be held at the Annual Meeting of AAR/SBL in San Antonio, TX.


the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, invites applications for an appointment at the non-tenured level (either assistant or associate professor, depending on experience and qualifications) in Arabic and Islamic studies, including Islamic Intellectual History. The beginning date of the appointment is expected to be July 1, 2005, and the PhD. should be expected by the beginning of the appointment. Requirements include excellent command of Classical Arabic and specialization in one or more of the following fields: philosophy, theology, Sufism, and history of science. Reading knowledge of another classical Islamic language will be an advantage. Teaching duties will include courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications should be accompanied by CV and the names (not letters) of three referees. Please send applications to: Search Committee Chair, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, 6 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge MA 02138. Application deadline: October 31, 2004.

*Ithaca College:
The Ithaca College Department of Philosophy and Religion invites applications for a tenure-eligible Assistant/Associate Professor position in the area of World Religions with Islam as a primary field. Teaching responsibilities include a mix of lower and upper level courses. Qualifications: PhD in Religion or related field; evidence of outstanding teaching, sustained research, and publishing; and the ability to teach in other areas of Religious Studies that will complement existing departmental offerings. Interested individuals should apply online at, search for and select this position and attach requested documents. Questions about the online application may be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (607) 274-1207. Applicant review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Initial interviews will take place at the AAR national meeting in San Antonio, Texas, November 20-23, 2004. Ithaca College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Members of historically underrepresented groups (including people of color, persons with disabilities, military veterans and women) are encouraged to apply.

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, seeks candidates for a tenure-track position in Islam at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August, 2005. This position depends on the availability of funding. Required Qualifications:  PhD in Religious Studies or a related field. Area of research specialization is open. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active record of publication and to teach two courses per semester, currently all undergraduate. These include a course in the Religion of Islam and a survey course in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Ability to teach a course in Fundamentalisms and Religious Nationalism is desirable.  Applicants should send a letter of application, a CV (including email address), three letters of recommendation, and dossier to:  Delbert Burkett, Islamic Studies Search Committee, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Louisiana State University, Ref:  #015706, Baton Rouge LA 70803 ( LSU is an equal opportunity/equal access employer. Deadline for applications is November 15, 2004 (for candidates wishing to interview at the American Academy of Religion meeting) or until candidate is selected.

Loyola Marymount University


Loyola Marymount University is currently seeking applicants for the following faculty positions, which will be available in the Fall 2005. All positions listed are tenure track and at the Assistant Professor levels, unless otherwise specified. Salaries are competitive and commensurate with background and experience. 
 Middle Eastern religions. Invite applications for position in Middle Eastern religions with primary specialization in Islam, and a secondary competence in Judaism. Ph.D. or equivalent is required. Applicants should have a sensibility for the Christian tradition. Send curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and research interests, three letters of recommendation and transcripts by October 30, 2004 to Fr. James L. Fredericks, Department of Theological Studies, STE 3700.


*Macalester College

RELIGIOUS STUDIES Assistant or associate professor in Islamics. Ph.D. required. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in classical Islam. Preference will be given to candidates with broad comparative interests, including an ability to teach courses on Islam in America. October 15, 2004.   Macalester College is a selective, private liberal arts college in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Our urban location provides numerous opportunities for teaching and research collaborations with local businesses, public agencies and community organizations. The College enrolls approximately 1800 students from almost all 50 states and approximately 80 countries. Macalester is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and is committed to diversity. We strongly encourage applications from women and minority candidates. We seek applicants who are committed to excellence in teaching and research in a liberal arts setting. We are especially interested in candidates committed to working with students of diverse backgrounds. Successful candidates will be expected to pursue rich research programs as well as to help sustain, as appropriate, the College's emphases on multiculturalism, internationalism and civic engagement. This often means contributing to interdisciplinary programs such as American Studies, Environmental Studies, Humanities and Cultural Studies, International Studies, Women's and Gender Studies or the First Year Seminar Program.


MANHATTAN COLLEGE seeks to fill two tenure-track appointments at the assistant professor level from the following areas: Religion in the United States, Religion in the Americas, Science and Religion, and Islam. Ability to teach in more than one of these areas is desirable, and ability to teach the introductory course, 'The Nature and Experience of Religion' is essential. Most faculty members also teach in the core humanities curriculum. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in hand, a commitment to undergraduate education, and a desire to participate in an interdisciplinary scholarly community. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a letter of intent, and 3 letters of reference. Those wishing to be interviewed at the annual meeting should submit materials by Noveember 1, 2004, to Stephen Kaplan, Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY 10471. Manhattan College is an independent Catholic coeducational institution in the Lasallian tradition. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workforce. An AA/EO Employer M/F/D/V.




THE UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA, Department of Religion, Faculty of Arts, at invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment in Islamic Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor. Position Number: AKZ 643. The successful candidate will have expertise in the historical development of Islam from prophetic origins to world religion, including specialization in Islamic law, literature and institutions; possibly also in Islamic archaeology and art. We seek a theoretically-inclined scholar who is conversant with current methodological developments in religious studies and who is well-versed in theoretical and methodological issues in the study of Islam. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2005, subject to final budgetary approval.

The successful candidate must have a PhD by the time of appointment and have demonstrated notable success in both research and teaching. He or she must be prepared to develop and/or maintain a strong program of further research in the area of specialization. Competence in the relevant research languages is essential. Duties will include teaching of general survey world religions courses and courses in various aspects of Islam, including Qur’anic studies, Women and Islam, and contemporary Islamic movements and trends as responses to modernization; supervision of graduate students' theses; and service to the Department, Faculty and University. We seek an outstanding scholar and teacher. Starting salary will reflect the qualifications and experience of the chosen candidate.

Applications for this position must include: a letter of application and a curriculum vitae. As well, three confidential letters of reference must be received directly from the applicant's referees. Candidates may also wish to include a sample of scholarly writing and evidence of effective teaching, such as teaching evaluations and sample course outlines. Applications should be sent to: Professor Dawne McCance Head, Department of Religion 327 Fletcher, Argue Building University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB., R3T 5V5, Canada (204 474-6276; fax: 204 474-760;; or The University of Manitoba encourages applications from qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Questions about the academic postings? Contact Kathy_Niziol of Human Resources. The deadline for receipt of applications is  November 15, 2004.



Middlebury College

The Department of Religion announces a two-year position in Islamic Studies. Candidates should demonstrate ability to teach courses in the texts, traditions, and history of Islam and to guide undergraduates in the study of Islam as a major World Religion. Competence in classical Arabic essential, Persian desirable. Candidates should be willing to work in an interdisciplinary setting, including our International Studies Program. Appointment will be made at the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor (Ph.D.). Middlebury College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to hiring a diverse faculty to complement the increasing diversity of the student body. Application deadline: April 15, 2005. Send letter of application with a statement of teaching interests, CV, graduate transcript, sample syllabi or course proposals, and three current letters of recommendation (at least two of which speak to teaching ability/promise) to Professor William Waldron, Chair, Department of Religion, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753.




Position: Assistant Professor
Institution: University of Oklahoma at Norman
Location: Oklahoma
Date posted: 10/1/2004
Application deadline: 11/15/2004

The University of Oklahoma announces a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in Religious Studies, with specialization in Islamic Religion. The candidate will teach introductory and advanced courses in Islamic religion and its historical development, textual tradition and analysis, contemporary issues in Islam, and possibly other courses of general pertinence to Religious Studies. Teaching and research are allotted equally in the position, so a sustained publication record is expected. A completed doctorate, or strong evidence of timely completion, is required. The position is open to disciplinary specialization, so that candidates will be considered from a variety of fields. The position will be housed in a rapidly expanding interdisciplinary Religious Studies program, which emphasizes a balance between diverse religious traditions and different approaches to the study of religion. Screening will begin after November 15, 2004, but applications will be considered until the position is filled. Salary is competitive for the position, which will begin August 15, 2005. Applications should be sent to Allen Hertzke, Director, Religious Studies Program, 455 W. Lindsey, DAHT 804, Norman, Oklahoma 73019-2008. Completed applications should include a cover letter describing how the candidate's interest and background suit the position, Vita, writing sample, transcript, any teaching evaluations, and three letters of recommendation.


San Francisco State University:

The College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the Associate or Full Professor rank (Search #39.04) to commence Fall 2005.

DESCRIPTION:  Tenure-track position in the Ethnic Studies Program for a senior scholar specializing in Arab and Islamic Studies. The ideal candidate would have comparative and interdisciplinary expertise on the various Muslim American communities in the United States. Their research could focus on either Arab or non-Arab Muslim diasporic communities and their historical and contemporary transnational relationships to areas outside of the United States. Expertise on both the domestic dimensions as well as diasporic and international dimensions of these experiences are essential features of this faculty search. We are particularly interested in recruiting a senior scholar that has conducted research on any of the various Muslim American communities in the United States. Individuals that have conducted community-based research on Muslim women or Arab, Black, Asian, and other Muslim American communities of color are especially invited to apply.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Ph.D. or terminal degree in field must be completed by time of the appointment.

RANK AND SALARY:  Associate or Full Professor Rank. Salary is competitive and commensurate with rank and qualifications.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Review of applications will begin on November 8, 2004 and continue until the position is filled. Submit application dossier (letter of application, curriculum vitae, detailed statement of teaching and research interests, publications, teaching evaluations, and three letters of recommendation) to:

Ethnic Studies Hiring Committee
Office of the Dean
College of Ethnic Studies
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA  94132-4100



St. Joseph's College (Conn.)

Religious Studies Faculty Appointment , Assistant Professor, Comparative Theology
The Religious Studies Department at Saint Joseph College announces a full-time tenure track position in Comparative Theology at the assistant professor level to begin fall 2005. Responsibilities include teaching and research in at least two religious traditions or cultural systems and contributing to other courses in the Religious Studies department. A Ph.D. or ABD near completion is required. Competency in Asian religions, Islam or global Christianity is preferred with an emphasis upon interreligious dialogue. Candidates must have a strong background in and ability to dialogue with Catholic religious and intellectual traditions, be committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching, supportive of the mission of the college, productive scholars in one's field and have a desire to participate in an interdisciplinary scholarly community.  Interested applicants should send a letter of application and statement of teaching philosophy, current vitae, transcripts and three letters of recommendation to Human Resources, Religious Studies Search Committee, Saint Joseph College, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut, 06117; Fax: (860) 231-8273; or E-mail:   Those wishing to be interviewed at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in mid-November should submit materials by November 1, 2004. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The college is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/V/D) that values diversity. Candidates from underrepresented groups, including women and minorities, are encouraged to apply. Learn more about Saint Joseph College at

Contact Information

E-mail :
Fax : (860) 231-8273
Human Resources
Saint Joseph College
1678 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117


an independent Roman Catholic university, announces a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in Islam. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. or anticipate its completion by the time of the appointment, September 2005. The candidate's academic background should evidence concentration in and preparation for the teaching of Islamic faith and practice. The candidate should also demonstrate strength in one additional world religious tradition. Ability and willingness to teach a lower-division world religions survey course on a regular basis, in addition to courses in Islam, is essential. Candidates with an interest in comparative religious ethics are especially encouraged to apply. In USD's Department of Theology and Religious Studies, the Roman Catholic tradition is pre-eminent within a curriculum that is cross-cultural, ecumenical, and inter-religious. Commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and an active scholarly agenda are expected. Applications should include a letter of intent, undergraduate and graduate school transcripts, graduate school dossier with letters of reference, sample of scholarly work, and copy of teaching materials (e.g., syllabi, typical handouts, student evaluations). Send materials to: Dr. Florence Morgan Gillman, Chair, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492. Applications must be complete by 1 September 2004. Roman Catholics, women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Information about the department is available on the World Wide Web at The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer.


the History Department, seeks candidates with a specialization in the
Middle East or another field relating to the Islamic World for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2005.  Responsibilities include teaching twelve credit hours per semester, including an upper level course in the field of specialization and courses in a required world history sequence for first year students.  Position requires demonstrated evidence of a commitment to teaching introductory world history and other world history courses.  An earned doctorate is preferred, and a terminal degree from an accredited institution is required for tenure.  (Consideration will be given to candidates with a Masters degree in the discipline and evidence of significant progress toward the doctorate.)  On campus interviews include demonstrations of teaching effectiveness and research potential.  All candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. upon appointment.  Shippensburg University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applicants must send a letter of application which provides evidence of a commitment to both world history and teaching introductory world history courses, a current curriculum vitae, official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, course syllabi, student evaluations, publications/writing samples, and three letters of reference to:  Kwabena Akurang-Parry, Search Committee, Department of History and Philosophy, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg PA 17257 (717 477-1286; fax: 717 477-4062;; Review of applications begins November 8 and will continue until the position is filled. 


*Smith College:

Smith College Department of Religion and Biblical Literature invites nominations and applications for a regular tenure-track faculty position in the field of Islam. The appointment is to be made at the level of Assistant or early Associate Professor, to become effective in the Fall semester of 2005.  Candidates are expected to have command of the classical sources of Islam as well as competence in a modern Islamic society or culture.   Ph.D. or equivalent degree is expected, as is commitment to excellence in scholarship and undergraduate teaching. In addition to offering courses in the study of Islam, teaching responsibilities include participation each year in one of the Department's general courses in the study of religion. The teaching load is two courses each semester.  There are significant opportunities for interdisciplinary and Five-College collaboration in Islamic studies.  The complete application, including a letter of application, curriculum vitae, sample of written work, graduate transcript, and three letters of recommendation, should be sent to Mrs. Donna Gunn, Department of Religion, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2004, and continue until the position is filled.   Smith College is an equal opportunity employer encouraging excellence through diversity.

Susan L. Kulig
Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty
College Hall 27
(413) 585-3008

 the Program in American Studies and Ethnicity, announces one position in the area of Arabs or Muslims in the United States at the assistant or associate rank.  Preference will be given to those whose academic work focuses on Arab and/or Muslim populations both in the United States and outside of U.S. borders.  Special attention will be given to applicants who could hold joint appointments with departments of History, International Relations, Religion, or Sociology.  Applicants should have a PhD in hand by June 2005. Please submit application, including letter, vita, names of three referees, and a 10-15 page writing sample to: Prof. Leland Saito, Search Committee Chair, Program in American Studies and Ethnicity, WPH 303, USC, Los Angeles CA 90089-4033. USC is an AA/EOE employer. We will begin to read applications on November 1, 2004 until the position is filled. 

SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY. Assistant Professor. Southwestern University, Department of Religion and Philosophy, announces a tenure-track position at rank of assistant professor beginning Fall 2005, with a preferred primary specialization in Islam. Another possible area of specialization is African traditional religions, with competence in Islam. The successful candidate will demonstrate potential for interdisciplinary collaboration and a research agenda that is commensurate with a liberal arts educational program. Six courses/year, undergraduate, including introductory course in Islam and topics courses. Ph.D .prior to appointment. Salary competitive. Usual non-teaching duties after first year. Southwestern University is a selective, undergraduate institution committed to a broad-based liberal arts, sciences, and fine arts education. Southwestern currently enrolls approximately 1,250 students and maintains a student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. The University’s endowment ranks among the highest per student of undergraduate institutions in the country. In addition to a number of other national organizations, Southwestern University is a member of two consortia of liberal arts colleges, the Associated Colleges of the South and the Annapolis Group. Located in Georgetown, Texas, 28 miles north of Austin, Southwestern is affiliated with The United Methodist Church. Southwestern University is committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and encourages applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in academia. For information concerning the University, visit our web site at To apply: send CV, three letters of reference, a letter of interest, and a statement of the candidate’s teaching philosophy and research interests to: Southwestern University, Faculty Recruitment Office, Department of Religion/Philosophy, P.O. Box 770, Georgetown, Texas, 78627-0770. The University also welcomes syllabi for proposed courses in our areas of interest. Deadline to apply is November 1, 2004. Interviews at the American Academy of Religion meeting in San Antonio will be prearranged. Southwestern University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE/M/F



UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN invites applications for a tenure-track position in Islamic Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin September 1, 2005, contingent upon availability of funding. Candidates should have completed their PhD by the appointment date in Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Religious Studies, or a related discipline. The Islamic Studies program at the University of Texas at Austin is housed in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies but includes faculty from several other departments and disciplines with a focus outside the region. While the successful candidate need not be limited to the Middle East in his/her research, the committee seeks applicants with a demonstrated research trajectory that relates to the region. Preference will be given to candidates who conduct research on the classical Islamic tradition. The successful candidate will be expected to teach core courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels on Islamic religion, including such topics as scriptural traditions, theology, jurisprudence, and popular piety. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, sample of research, teaching materials and evaluations, and three letters of reference to: Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair, Islamic Studies Search Committee, The University of Texas at Austin Department of Middle Eastern Studies (WMB 6.102); 1 University Station #F9400; Austin, TX 78712-0527. Phone: (512) 471-3881; Fax: (512) 471-7834. ( The University of Texas at Austin is an AA/EEO employer. The deadline for applications is December 3, 2004.


* University of Toronto:
The University of Toronto, Faculty of Law invites applications from outstanding scholars for three tenure-track positions at the rank of assistant, associate or full professor to commence July 1, 2005. Successful candidates will demonstrate excellence in research and teaching as well as an interest in one or more of the following areas: Islamic Law, Commercial Law, Evidence Law and International Law and Development with an emphasis on Trade. The William C. Graham Chair in International Law and Development and/or the Canadian Research Chair in Islamic Law may be filled during this search process, at the Facultys discretion. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applications should include a curriculm vitae, copies of law and graduate transcripts, copies of sample publications, a teaching dossier including course outlines, evaluations and a research plan, and at least three letters of recommendation. Writing samples will not be returned . Applications should be sent by mail to Nikki Gershbain, Secretary, Appointments Committee, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, 84 Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C5. Electronic applications will not be accepted. The closing date for applications is November 15, 2004. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY, the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST) seeks a tenure-track assistant professor in Islamic Studies. The qualified candidate will have broad training in Islamic religious traditions with the ability to contribute to interdisciplinary scholarship on culture and religion and to Virginia Tech's planned interdisciplinary PhD program in the humanities and social sciences (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought); area of specialization open. IDST comprises programs in Appalachian Studies, Humanities, Judaic Studies, Religious Studies, Women's Studies, and the University's Residential Leadership Program. It also provides leadership for the NEH-supported South Atlantic Humanities Center. Responsibilities include teaching in Religious Studies and at least one of the other departmental programs, as well as a program of research that includes conference participation and appropriate publication. Normal course load is 2/2. PhD or evidence of completion by December 2005 required. Publications and evidence of teaching excellence desirable. Experience in interdisciplinary teaching and skills in program development preferred. Submit letter of application and curriculum vitae electronically at Mail an article-length writing sample and have three letters of reference sent

to: Prof. Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, Chair, Islamic Studies Search, C/O Debbie Law, 111 Lane Hall, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg VA 24061-0227; include email address and fax number if available. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Review of applications begins December 10, 2004.


WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY, Department of History and the Department of Religion, invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professorship in the Middle East to begin on September 1, 2005. Since this is a joint appointment, applicants can expect to teach courses (introductory and upper division) in Middle Eastern history (any period from 600 CE to the present will be given consideration) and on Islam (for the Department of Religion). Applicants can expect to teach approximately two thirds of their course load in the Department of History and the remaining third for the Department of Religion. Ph.D. in hand by August 30, 2005. Applicants with teaching experience, publications or a strong potential for publication will be given preference. Applicants should send, in hard copy, a letter of application, C.V., and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Ava Chamberlain, Chair, Middle East Search Committee, Department of History, Wright State University, 370 Millett Hall, Dayton, Ohio 45435. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 1, 2004 and will continue to do so until December 15, 2004. The committee intends to interview at the AAR meeting in November and the AHA meeting in January. Wright State University is an AA/EOE. We welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.



Western Kentucky University

Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies. Tenure-track. Beginning August 2005. Courses: Introduction to Religious Studies, Arabic, and upper-level courses on Islam, its religious traditions, cultures, and people. Ph.D. or ABD required. Teaching experience desirable. Competitive salary.  Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2004, and continue until position is filled. Preliminary interviews will take place by invitation at the AAR Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Send letter of application, vita, three letters of reference, and transcripts to Dr. Joseph Trafton, Chair, Islamic Studies Search Committee, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101.   All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply, including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and disabled veterans. Western Kentucky University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Contact Information

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Phone : (270) 745-3136
Fax : (270) 745-5261
Islamic Studies Search Committ
Philosophy & Religion
Western Kentucky University
1 Big Red Way
Bowling Green, KY 42101 - 3576



Temporary positions:

Claremont Graduate University School of Religion
seeks to make a two-year appointment renewable for one year in Islam, with an emphasis on Islamic civilization and culture. While area of specialization is open, strong candidates should be able to offer courses in the Qur'an and its interpreters, modern Islam, and topics furthering the understanding of Islam in a historical as well as contemporary context.

Please send a letter of application, three letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae, transcripts, teaching statement, writing sample, and course evaluations (if available) to Dean Karen J. Torjesen, School of Religion, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA 91711. Applications will be considered until the position is filled; however, full dossiers received by October 15th will receive consideration for preliminary interviews to be held at the AAR/SBL meetings in San Antonio, Texas.

Claremont Graduate University is an equal opportunity employer. In addition to meeting its obligations under federal and state law, Claremont Graduate University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live and work in an atmosphere of respect, civility and mutual understanding.

The Religion Department of Reed College invites applicants for two one-year positions in religion (one pending college approval and with a possible year extension). Applicants in any field in the study of religion are invited to apply excluding Judaism, early Christianity and Chinese religions. We intend to appoint at the assistant professor level, but queries and applications from more senior scholars may be considered. The initial positions will begin Fall 2005. Above all, candidates should have a strong commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level. The successful candidate, self-aware in method and knowledgeable of the various theories current in the critical study of religion, will teach an introduction within his or her area of specialization and possibly a departmental introduction to method and theory. One of the candidates may also be asked to teach in the interdisciplinary Western humanities program, and all members of the Religion Department advise senior thesis projects. We will begin to review applications on 8 November and will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. 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 Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Chair, Search Committee in Religion, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock, Portland, OR 97202. Reed College is an equal opportunity employer.


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