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PhD Studentship: ALTERUMMA - Creating an Alternative umma: Clerical Authority and Religio-political Mobilisation in Transnational Shii Islam

University of Birmingham - Department of Theology and Religion - Islamic Studies

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 18th April 2019
Closes: 15th June 2019

This interdisciplinary project investigates the transformation of Shii Islam in the Middle East and Europe since the 1950s. The project examines the formation of modern Shii communal identities and the role Shii clerical authorities and their transnational networks have played in their religio-political mobilisation.

The PhD student will work on the use of new media such as global satellite channels, based in the Middle East and in Europe, to articulate Shii communal identities in the public arena since 2003. Fluency in Arabic is required and a background in the relevant field of research with knowledge of Persian desirable.

The value of this scholarship is £20,500 which will be paid in monthly instalments. (The successful candidate will need to pay their own fees out of this amount).

To apply please send a covering letter, cv, research proposal and 2 references to:

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