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Postdoc opportunity: Islamic history and culture, University of Bergen

May 22

Postdoctoral Research Fellow position

The Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies, and Religion
invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral position in the field of
Islamic history and culture, relating to the topic of Islamic text
circulation and usage in the Swahili coastal region. The position is
part of the research project «MPrinT@East_AFRICA. Islamic Manuscript,
Print and Practice: Textual adaptation in East Africa» financed by the
Norwegian Research Council.

The MPrinT project (2021-2025) will explore a core hypothesis that
reforms in Islamic textual tradition and ritual practice during the 19th
and 20th centuries took place within existing authority structures and
led to a series of adaptations rather than breaks from tradition. To
this end, the project will document, catalogue, and analyze Islamic
textual material from the manuscript-to-print transition period in
coastal East Africa (the Swahili coastal region). The project will also
investigate how these texts have been used in ritual practice and
education from ca. 1950 to the present, and how this usage has varied
across locations, generations, and gender. This part of the project will
be based on interviews and studies of ritual practice.

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May 22
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