Al-Qasimi Chair (or Associate Professor) in Islamic Studies

University of Exeter - College of Social Sciences and International Studies

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

The Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies has the strongest REF2014 results of any Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies department in the UK, establishing Exeter as the leader in the field in terms of research quality, impact and environment. Our international profile as a pioneering and multidisciplinary institute continues to grow.

We are looking for a leading international figure with the ability to attract world-class academics to their research group. Applicants will be innovative researchers with a strong track record of research funding and international quality publications. The College of Social Sciences and International Studies is one of the leading research intensive groupings in the field internationally, and it incorporates the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies which is one of the largest area studies institutes dedicated to the study of Arabic, Islamic and the Middle East in Europe. As a result of a generous benefaction establishing the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies in 1999, the university has hosted three Al-Qasimi Chairs in the Institute in Islamic Studies, Arabic, Arab Gulf Studies. Applicants will become part of a vibrant research team at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, which, in REF2014, had the best cohort of results of any Middle East area studies submission. Appointments will be made at the level of Associate Professor; exceptionally qualified candidates will be considered for full Professor.

The area of specialism sought for the post is broadly conceived: all areas in the study of Islam using different disciplinary approaches and interdisciplinary methods including (but not limited to) history, literary and cultural studies, religious studies, theology, critical studies, anthropology, philosophy, sociology, art history and archaeology, and digital humanities. Knowledge of Arabic as a research language is expected, and proficiency in other relevant languages (Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Kurdish, Indonesian, for example) highly desirable.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the College, Prof Debra Myhill (tel: 01392-724767, email: D.A.Myhill@exeter.ac.uk) to discuss the posts further. Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Robert Gleave (tel: 01392-724025, email: R.Gleave@exeter.ac.uk). You may also wish to consult our web site at (http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/) for further details of the College.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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