Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wanted - Professors in Islam


The University of Sydney
The University of Missouri
Durham University (Fellowship)
University of Toronto
Wesleyan University
Georgia State University
The University of St. Thomas
Pomona College
The University of Oregon
The University of Chicago
Ruhr University Bochum (Fellowship)


Lecturer in Arab, Islamic and Middle East Studies, University of Sydney

The University of Sydney is Australia's premier University with an
outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence,
and employs over 6,800 permanent staff supporting over 46,000 students.

The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies is seeking scholars of
proven potential and outstanding ability to fill a lectureship post.
For this Lectureship, researchers in the field of Arab, Islamic and
Middle East studies with a relevant PhD, and the ability to use Arabic
sources for research purposes, are encouraged to apply. Preference may
be given to candidates whose specialization lies in the area of the
modern Arab world: Arabic & Islamic thought, society, culture and

For more information and to apply, please use Reference No. 435/0809
and visit the following web link:

Closing Date: 2 November 2009


The University of Missouri-Columbia seeks a tenure track assistant professor
with expertise in the academic study of Islam. Area of specialization is
open. Ability to teach courses in theory and method in the academic study of
religion and comparative courses is strongly preferred. Knowledge of
appropriate research languages is required. Ph.D. must be completed by
August, 2010. The normal teaching load is two courses per semester. The
Department of Religious Studies currently has 9 full time faculty positions
and offers M.A. and B.A. degrees. The University of Missouri, Columbia is
the only public intensive research university within the state and is
located in a small, dynamic city, half way between St. Louis and Kansas
City. Interested candidates should send a letter of application, indicating
their academic background and prior teaching experience, a curriculum vitae,
three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample to: Robert M. Baum,
Chair, Department of Religious Studies, 221 Arts and Science Building,
University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri 65211-7090. Review of
applications will begin on October 20 and will continue until the position
is filled. The University of Missouri is an EO/AA/ADA employer.


Fellowship: Sir William Luce Fellowship, Durham University

The Sir William Luce Memorial Fund welcomes applications for the
position of Sir William Luce Fellow which will commence in April 2010.

The Fellowship is awarded annually to a scholar at post-doctoral
level, diplomat, politician, or business executive, working on those
parts of the Middle East to which Sir William Luce devoted his working
life (Iran, the Gulf states, South Arabia and Sudan), and is hosted by
Durham University during the Easter term (26 April - 25 June 2010).
The Fund will give some preference to proposals linked to the
University's Sudan Archive. The Fellowship, tenable jointly in the
Institute for Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies and Trevelyan College,
will entitle the holder to full access to departmental and other
University facilities such as the University Library and Information
Technology Service. It also carries a grant, accommodation and all
meals for the duration of the Fellowship. The Fellow is expected to
deliver a lecture on the subject of his or her research which will be
designated 'The Sir William Luce Lecture', and should be cast in such
a way as to form the basis of a paper to be published in a special
edition of the Durham Middle East Papers series.

The Sir William Luce Memorial Fund was established to commemorate the
long and distinguished career of Sir William Luce GBE, KCMG, DL
(1907-77) in the Middle East during the era of the transfer of power.

Applicants should send a CV, an outline of their proposed research and
contact details for two referees by Friday 27 November 2009 to: The
Secretary, Sir William Luce Memorial Fund, Durham University Library,
Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RN, United Kingdom, E-mail:


Assistant Professor in Women & Gender Studies and Religion
(tenure‐stream appointment)

The Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto
Mississauga invites applications for a tenure stream appointment in
Women & Gender Studies and Religion. The appointment will be at the
rank of Assistant Professor and will begin July 1, 2010. Qualified
candidates should have completed the PhD in a related discipline with
a focus in the area of women and gender studies and religion, and with
a demonstrated record of outstanding teaching at the undergraduate
level and an emerging record of scholarly accomplishments. Breadth of
training and ability to teach a wide range of courses will be a major
asset. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching a diverse
program of courses in feminism and sexuality as well as the historical
study of religion. The particular religion (or religions) of
specialization will be determined by the successful applicant’s
profile, but should complement the department’s other resources in the
historical study of religion. The successful candidate will also be
appointed to the tricampus graduate Centre for the Study of Religion,
with the same graduate responsibilities as colleagues at the other
campuses of the University of Toronto. Historical Studies is a
transdisciplinary department that provides students with a
globally‐framed historical education that encompasses programs in
Classical Civilization, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, History,
History of Religions and the Study of Women and Gender.

All applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio,
and a cover letter of no more than two single‐spaced pages outlining
their research interests and teaching qualifications. Applicants
should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to
Professor Johnson under separate cover.

Applications may be submitted online via the University of Toronto,
Academic Career Opportunities website at (see position ad 0900782); or
by e‐mail to:; or in hard copy to:

Professor Robert E. Johnson, Chair,
Department of Historical Studies,
University of Toronto Mississauga,
3359 Mississauga Road North, Mississauga,
Ontario, Canada L5L 1C6.

The deadline for submission of all materials is November 30, 2009.

For more information about this position and the Department of
Historical Studies, please visit our home page at For more information on the
graduate Center for the Study of Religion please visit:

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 the further diversification of ideas. All qualified
candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent
residents will be given priority.


Wesleyan University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the
assistant professor level starting July 2010, from scholars specializing in
Gender and Islam. The successful candidate will hold a joint appointment in
the Religion Department and in the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Program. Applicants should have expertise in one or more of the following:
Islamic tradition and practice; Islamic law, rights, and gender; theories of
gender and Muslim identity; social movements among Muslims. Those pursuing
sexuality studies and/or comparative analysis from a transnational
perspective will be favorably considered. We seek a scholar with geographic
specialization in Africa, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, or, especially, the
Middle East. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in Religion, Women’s Studies,
Middle Eastern Studies or a related field by the time of appointment, or be
very close to completion. The candidate should be able to teach a course on
Feminist Theory and a colloquium on theory and method in Religion. Please
send cover letter outlining research interests, a teaching statement, CV,
writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to Lori Gruen, Chair of
Gender and Islam Search Committee, FGSS, Wesleyan University, 222 Church
Street, Middletown, CT 06459. Applications received by October 13, 2009 are
assured full consideration. Wesleyan is an equal opportunity and
affirmative action employer and welcomes applications from women and members
of historically under-represented minority groups.


GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY: The Department of Religious Studies anticipates an
opening for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Islam beginning August
2010 pending budgetary approval. The normal teaching load is two courses per
semester. Applicants must hold the Ph.D. or equivalent by start date, should
be prepared to teach general and specialty courses in Islam, and must
demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and teaching. The
department encourages applicants with interests in the comparative or
interdisciplinary study of religion. GSU's Department of Religious Studies
is a dynamic and growing program which offers B.A. and M.A. degrees and
serves a talented and diverse student body in downtown Atlanta. Candidates
should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching
effectiveness, copy of graduate transcript, and three letters of
recommendation to: Islam Search Committee/Departmen t of Religious
Studies/Georgia State University/Box 4089/Atlanta GA 30302-4089. Applicants
should indicate whether they will attend the AAR or MESA annual meetings in
November. Review of applications will begin October 16, 2009, and continue
until the position is filled. Women and members of minorities are encouraged
to apply. The department actively seeks diversity. GSU is an EEO/AA


The Departments of History and Political Science at the University of St.
Thomas seek to fill a tenure-track position in Modern Middle Eastern
political history. The successful applicant will hold a tenure-track
position in the history department with shared teaching responsibilities in
Political Science (four courses/year for History, including survey level
courses in World History and upper division courses in the applicant's field
of specialty; two courses per year in Political Science, including one
section of World Politics and one upper-division course in Modern Middle
Eastern politics). The appointment will begin September 2010. A Ph.D. is
preferred, but ABD will be considered. Teaching experience and active
research agenda are expected.

Established in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is located in the major
metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, and is Minnesota's largest
private university. Its 11,000 students pursue degrees in a wide range of
liberal arts, professional, and graduate programs.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas
educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically,
act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good, and seeks to
develop individuals who combine career competency with cultural awareness
and intellectual curiosity. The successful candidate will possess a
commitment to the ideals of this mission.

The University of St. Thomas has a strong commitment to the principles of
diversity and inclusion, to equal opportunity policies and practices, and to
the principles and goals of affirmative action. In that spirit, the
University welcomes nominations and applications from a broad and diverse
applicant pool.


Pomona College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor
in the modern history, society, politics, and culture of Northern Africa to
begin in the academic year 2010-2011. Research interests must include Muslim
societies, extend beyond a circumscribed national history, and can make
connections to the Near East, sub-Saharan Africa, or the Mediterranean
basin. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory courses as well
as specialized seminars. Ph.D. expected by September 2009. Complete
applications received by 1 December 2009 will receive full consideration.
The department is particularly interested in candidates who have experience
working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment
to improving access to and success in higher education for underrepresented
students. In addition, the candidate should be able to contribute to one of
Pomona's interdisciplinary departments and programs that include Gender and
Women's Studies, Latin American Studies, Chicano/a-Latino/a Studies, Black
Studies or Asian Studies.

Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the AHA (7-10 January 2010 in
San Diego). Applications should include: a cover letter that describes the
candidate's teaching experience, research interests, and intellectual
trajectory and discusses the candidate's academic and intellectual
background; copies of course syllabi; a curriculum vitae; and three letters
of recommendation.

Applications should be sent to:

Professor Miguel Tinker Salas
Chair, History Department
551 N. Harvard Avenue
Pomona College
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 607-2920


The University of Oregon seeks to appoint a tenure-track, full-time
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies specializing in Classical
Arabic language and religious literature, beginning Fall term 2010.
Competitive salary. Primary area of specialization should be in the
language and religious literature of Classical Arabic. Candidates must
have commitment to excellence in research and teaching, and enthusiasm
for developing an Arabic language program. Demonstrated proficiency in
language pedagogy is strongly desired. Ph.D. must be awarded by August
2010. Responsibilities will include teaching upper level classical
Arabic language classes, and courses in religious literature of the Arab
world (Islamic, Judeo-Arabic, and/or Christian-Arabic literature);
supervising all levels of Arabic language instruction; research and
publication in field of specialization in Arabic and Religious Studies.
Teaching load is typical for University of Oregon undergraduate programs
in the Humanities. Candidate will be expected to perform the normal
range of service to the department and university, as well as
participate in the anticipated development of an MA program in Religious
Studies. Candidate must show an ongoing and active program of scholarly
research. We invite applications from qualified candidates who share our
commitment to diversity. The successful candidate will have the ability
to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse
backgrounds. The Department of Religious Studies, one of the first
Religious Studies departments at a public institution in the country,
includes seven full-time “core faculty” and about a dozen “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), two
hours south of Portland and one hour each from the Pacific Coast and the
Cascade Mountains. The UO is a public research university and member of
the Association of American Universities, one of only two such
universities in the greater Northwest. It has an enrollment of over
16,000 undergraduate students and about 4000 graduate students, and is a
member of the Pac-10 conference. Interested applicants should submit: a
c.v.; a letter outlining her or his academic qualifications for this
position, research goals, and philosophy of undergraduate education; and
a list of courses taught or prepared to teach. Applicants must also
submit graduate transcripts and three letters of reference. Review of
complete applications will begin Nov 1, 2009, and continue until
position is filled. All materials should be addressed to: Chair, Arabic
Search Committee, Department of Religious Studies, 1294 University of
Oregon, 1415 Kincaid Street, Room 837, Eugene OR 97403-1294.


Islamic Studies: The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
at the University of Chicago invites applications for a tenure-track
position as Assistant Professor in Islamic Thought (pre-modern period), to
begin in autumn, 2010. The successful applicant will have a research and
teaching profile with expertise in at least one, and preferably several, of
the following sub-fields of Islamic studies: Qur'an and Hadith; theology and
doctrine; sectarian movements and heresiography; Islamic law; Islamic
political thought; philosophy in the Arabo-Persian tradition. Candidates
should have a thorough grounding in Arabic; knowledge of a second Islamicate
language is highly desired. Applicants must hold the Ph.D. in Near Eastern
Studies, Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, or a relevant field of study by
the time of appointment. To be considered, candidates must submit a letter
of application and current curriculum vitae online at the University of
Chicago's Academic Career Opportunities Web site
, posting 00123. In addition, the
letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of
three referees (including email addresses) must be mailed in hard copy to:
Chair, Islamic Thought Search Committee, Department of Near Eastern
Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago, 1155 East 58th
Street Room 212, Chicago Illinois 60637. No further materials should be
submitted at this time. Review of applications will begin on November 16,
2009, and continue until the position is filled. To be eligible, all
electronic and mail copies must be received by December 15, 2009. For
information on the Department of Near Eastern Language and Civilizations,
see Position contingent upon
final budgetary approval. The University of Chicago is an Affirmative
Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.


Fellowships for Research in Basic Religious Notions in Islam, Ruhr
University Bochum, Germany

The International Research Consortium on “Dynamics in the History of
Religions between Asia and Europe” at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany,
invites applications for Fellowships for Research in Basic Religious
Notions in Islam during the academic year April 2010 to March 2011.

What we can offer:· Time and space for research in an
interdisciplinary environment; · up to 70,000 € (gross rate) either as
a grant or as a salary for the fellow’s substitute at his or her home
institution; · good infrastructure (libraries etc.); · free lodging in
a single apartment; · travel expenses related to research activities;
· means for organizing congresses or workshops.

What we would expect: · Research on basic religious notions in Islam –
with special regard to inter-religious contact; · your presence during
the fellowship term; · committed participation in the consortium's
activities; · substantial research results in form of publications.

Applicant must at least hold a PhD. Interested applicants should send
a letter of interest, a current CV including a list of publications,
and an exposé of the intended research of about 5-10 pages.
Application materials can be submitted by mail or e-mail.

Please send your application before October 16th, 2009 to the
International Research Consortium, “Dynamics in the History of
Religions between Asia and Europe”, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Research
Management: Dr. Marion Steinicke SH 1/ 189, Universitätsstr. 150,
D-44780 Bochum, Germany.

E-Mail: For further information see


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Planned Muslim Response to Qur'an Burning by Pastor Jones on September 11 in Mulberry, Florida

August 19, 2013| Dallas, Texas

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We as Muslims plan to respond to pastor Terry Jones' planned burning of 3000 copies of Quran on September 11, 2013 in positive terms.

Our response - we will reclaim the standard of behavior practiced by the Prophet concerning “scurrilous and hostile criticism of the Qur’an” (Muhammad Asad Translation Note 31, verse 41:34). It was "To overcome evil with good is good, and to resist evil by evil is evil." It is also strongly enjoined in the Qur’an in the same verse 41:34, “Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better; then you will see that one who was once your enemy has become your dearest friend.”

God willing Muslims will follow the divine guidance and pray for the restoration of Goodwill, and on that day many Muslim organizations will go on a “blood drive” to save lives and serve humanity with kindness.

We invite fellow Americans of all faiths, races, and ethnicities to join us to rededicate the pledge, “One nation under God”, and to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of fellow Americans. This event is a substitute for our 10th Annual Unity Day Celebration ( held in Dallas, but now it will be at Mulberry, Florida.

Unwittingly Pastor Jones has done us a favor by invigorating us by his decision to burn nearly 3000 copies Quran on September 11, 2013. Obviously he is not satisfied by the notoriety he garnered by burning one Qur'an last year.

As Muslims and citizens we honor the free speech guaranteed in our constitution. We have no intentions to criticize, condemn or oppose Pastor Terry Jones' freedom of expression. Instead, we will be donating blood and praying for goodness to permeate in our society.

We plan to follow Jesus Christ (pbuh), a revered prophet in Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – that of mitigating the conflicts and nurturing good will for the common good of the society.

We hope, this event and the message will remind Muslims elsewhere in the world as well, that violence is not the way. Muslims, who react violently to senseless provocation, should realize that, violence causes more violence, and besmirches the name of the religion that we hold so dear. We believe that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to the mankind, and we ought to practice what we believe and preach. We must not insult Islam by the negative reactions of a few.

We can only hope it will bring about a change in the attitude of the followers of Pastor Jones, and in the behavior of those Muslims who reacted violently the last time Pastor sought notoriety – We hope this small step towards a bridge to peaceful coexistence would propel us towards building a cohesive society.

Like most Americans a majority of Muslims quietly go about their own business, but it is time to speak up and take positive action instead of negative reaction. May this message of peace and goodwill reverberate and reach many shores.

Lastly, we appreciate the Citizens of Mulberry, Florida, Honorable Mayor George Hatch, City Commissioners, police and Fire Chiefs for handing this situation very well. This will add a ‘feather of peace’ in the City’s reputation. We hope Mulberry will be a catalyst in showing the way in handling conflict with dignity and peace.

We thank the Media for giving value to the work towards peace rather than conflict.


Thank you.


The people in Dallas are making an effort to understand and clean their own hearts first, when we are free from bias, it would be easy to share that with others. Islam teaches us in so many ways to "respect the otherness of others" and it is time we find simple practical ways of doing it.