Head of South Asian Studies Unit

The Institute of Ismaili Studies

Head of South Asian Studies Unit

Based London Euston with a move to new purpose-built accommodation in Kings Cross in early summer 2018

The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) was established in 1977 with the object of promoting scholarship and learning of Muslim cultures and societies, historical as well as contemporary, and a better understanding of their relationship with other societies and faiths. The IIS will be moving to purpose-built accommodation in the Kings Cross area in summer 2018.

The Role

The IIS invites applications for the role of Head of South Asian Studies Unit. The appointee to this post will be the first person in the unit and has the opportunity to create the Unit – which will be part of the IIS’ Department of Academic Research and Publications – in conjunction with the Director of the IIS to meet an extensive research and teaching programme harmonised with the ongoing work of the Institute.

The post-holder will undertake research on: the history, intellectual traditions and diverse denominations of the  of the South Asian Muslims; contemporary and emerging issues (such as identity and civil society among others) which the South Asian Muslim communities grapple with; and the living traditions and religious practices of the Ismailis of South Asia, in the wider context of South Asian Shi’i communities and Muslims of other denominations and traditions, organising conferences and arranging for publication accordingly, as well as developing linkages with both  scholars in the field and  institutions  in the countries under review. This role is offered as a three year fixed term contract.

The Candidate

You must have a Doctorate in an area related to Islam in South Asia coupled with extensive publications record on related topics. Teaching experience in the Higher Education sector is also a requirement. You will be familiar with all aspects of research methods including field-based techniques in the countries under consideration. Knowledge of Shi’i and Ismaili history and thought is ideal. In addition, you will have excellent written and oral communication skills, and strong interpersonal skills.

Please apply online with CV and covering letter at www.iis.ac.uk (‘Job Vacancies’ link) where you can also download the job description and person specification.

If you have any queries, please email Caroline Gomez in Human Resources cgomez@iis.ac.uk.  The closing date for applications is Monday 8 January 2018.

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