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Call for Applications :: Introduction to Islamic Codicology (23-27 Sep 2019 | Cambridge, UK). This intensive five-day course will introduce the study of Islamic manuscript codices as physical objects, or the archaeology of the Islamic book. The lectures will provide an overview of writing supports, the structure of quires, ruling and page layout, bookbinding, ornamentation, tools and materials used in book making, the palaeography of book hands, and writing Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) manuscript descriptions. During hands-on sessions, participants will examine Islamic manuscripts from Cambridge University Library’s collections and complete a series of practical exercises on codicological description. Limited to 15 participants, first-come, first-serve. Please submit online registration form. Details.

Call for Applications :: Harvard Divinity School: Faculty Position in Islamic Studies. This is a tenure-track position. The successful candidate will work closely with students in the Divinity School’s masters programs and the doctoral program in the Study of Religion. It is likely they will also teach undergraduates in the Comparative Study of Religion and graduate students in related departments of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. We are particularly interested in a candidate with scholarly expertise either in Islam in the Americas, Islam in Southeast Asia, or Qurʾānic Studies. The candidate should be competent in the appropriate research languages and conversant with the broader, global history of Islamic religion and culture. Please submit CV, cover letter, writing sample, and three references. Review of applications will begin in Sep 2019 and continue until the position is filled.Details.

Call for Applications :: Doha Institute for Graduate Studies: Faculty Positions in the MA in Human Rights Program. Applications are being accepted for assistant, associate, and full professor positions in human rights, international law, Islamic law, and comparative constitutional law. Candidates must be able to teach in Arabic and have teaching experience. The appointment is scheduled for summer 2020 and applications (consisting of CV, cover letter, research statement, and three references) are accepted until filled. Details.

Call for Applications :: Adjunct Professor, Babson University. Babson University is hiring an adjunct professor to teach an undergraduate course scheduled this Fall entitled “Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East.” The position is open in terms of discipline (history, anthropology, sociology, or political scientist). Babson would consider an advanced graduate student. Please contact Stephen Deets if interested: Applications are accepted until filled. Details.

Call for Applications :: Research Assistant, Negotiation Task Force Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. The Negotiation Task Force (NTF) of Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies is seeking a part-time Research Assistant with a focus in Islamic History and Law. The RA’s research will focus on the history of The Hijaz (western day Saudi Arabia and home to Mecca and Medina) and the Middle East from 1500 until the inception of the League of Nations, as well as on Islamic history, Colonial and Western relations with political regimes in the region, and international legal history and constitutional issues. The applications deadline is Aug 22Details.

Call for Applications :: University of Toronto Scarborough: Assistant Professor, Early Modern Islamicate History. This is a three-year position from Jan 2020 to Dec 2022. The successful candidate’s research and teaching will complement our department’s strength in the study of mobilities of people, objects, and practices within and across imperial formations, and will share our commitment to non-Eurocentric, decolonial pedagogy. Candidates must have research and teaching expertise relevant to historical research in a multi-disciplinary department, particularly at the undergraduate level, and demonstrate ability to teach both historical surveys (e.g., the history of Islam and Muslims from Late Antiquity to the modern era) and more specialized courses. Please submit online application consisting of cover letter, CV, research statement, writing sample, teaching statement, two syllabi, statement of contributions to equity and diversity, and three letters of recommendation (emailed directly by the referees) by Aug 26.Details.

Call for Applications :: Middle East Studies Association 2019 Awards. MESA is inviting nominations for a graduate student paper prize (Aug 31) and an undergraduate education award (Aug 31). Details.

Call for Applications :: Middle East Studies Association 2019 Awards. MESA is inviting nominations for the graduate student paper prize and undergraduate education award. Due Aug 31.Details.

Call for Papers :: International Medieval Congress (6-9 Jul 2020 | Leeds, UK). The IMC provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of medieval studies. This year’s theme is “Borders.” This event seeks to bring together medievalists of all fields interested in both the theory and practice of borders in all their variety, from physical boundaries and material borders to dynamic social and spatial relationships. Please submit a 100-word abstract by Aug 31.Details.

Call for Papers :: Pre-Modern Commentary-Writing in Arabic (15-16 Jun 2020 | Zurich, Switzerland). The pre-modern Arabic literary landscape is full of commentaries, making it stand as one of the main forms of scholarly textual output over the centuries. While the importance of, for example, Qurʼānic or philosophical commentary as a source for Muslim intellectual history has been recognized in the last decades, commentaries in most other fields are often mentioned only for the purpose of demonstrating the popularity of the text commented upon. Questions relating to why commentaries were composed in the first place, in what institutional settings, according to what conventions and with what techniques remain generally under-explored. We invite papers dealing with commentaries written in Arabic any time before roughly the 15th century, belonging to any genre (philosophy, theology, literature, medicine, sciences, etc.). Please send a 400-word abstract to and by Aug 31.Details.

Call for Proposals :: Faculty Grants in Islamic Studies, Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University. The Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University is accepting proposals for faculty grants to support workshops, symposia, or research projects for the 2019-20 academic year. Proposals must be of relevance to the study of Islam or Muslim societies, past and present. Applicants must be tenure-track Harvard faculty. The AISP seeks to fund two proposals up to $7,500 each. Please send a brief letter of intent along with a general budget and anticipated date(s) of the proposed activity to AISP Executive Director, Dr. Harry Bastermajian ( no later than September 30, 2019. Details. 

Call for Papers :: Constitution-Making and Constitutional Change (17-18 Jan 2020 | Austin, TX). Submissions are invited from faculty and graduate students on any subject of constitutional change, broadly defined, including but not limited to constitutional amendment, constitutional reform, constitutional conventions, constitutional transitions, constitution-making, judicial interpretation and review, unwritten constitutional norms, revolution, and forms of direct democracy including referendums. The conference will be structured around plenary lectures and concurrent panels comprised of faculty and graduate students in law, history, political science, and other fields of interest. Please submit abstract (up to 500 words) to by Sep 1. Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks, and a draft or outline should be submitted by Nov 15.Details.

Call for Applications :: Visiting Professor, Kuwait Program at Sciences Po. The Kuwait Program at Sciences Po offers one-semester teaching opportunities at Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs for leading specialists of the Middle East and Gulf region. One teaching position in Spring 2020 (25 January to May 31, 2020) is open for academic year 2019-2020. The deadline to apply is Sep 1. Results to be announced October 2019. Details.

Call for Applications :: Research Fellow, Max Planck Foundation Office. The Max Planck Foundation Office in Heidelberg, Germany is hiring a Senior Research Fellow with a specialization in constitutional and/or sharīʿa principles. The Research Fellow will implement project activities, including facilitating workshops and giving presentations on the topic of (Comparative) Constitutional Law and its role in fragile states. Applications are due Sep 8. Details.

Call for Applications :: Postdoc History of Islamic Art, University of Vienna. The University of Vienna seeks to fill the position of a Postdoc in the History of Islamic Art. This full-time position is limited to four years. The responsibilities include assisting a professor in teaching, research, and editorial work; developing and strengthening the independent research profile; independent teaching on a range of themes in the History of Islamic Art (two undergraduate seminars per term); participation in administrative tasks relating to the Department. Teaching can be done in German or English. Applications are due Sep 8. Details.

Call for Applications :: Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellowship. Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world. We welcome applications from scholars and practitioners who connect research to law, policy, pressing social issues, and/or who seek to actively engage audiences beyond academia. Applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts for the 2020–2021 year are due Sep 12. Details.

Call for Applications :: Tenure-Track Faculty, University of Michigan. The University of Michigan’s Department of American Culture seeks qualified applicants for an open-rank tenure-track faculty appointment. The department seeks a theoretically sophisticated and interdisciplinary scholar whose work is situated in American studies and/or critical ethnic studies, with interests in empire and militarization, settler colonialism, diasporic and transnational literatures, environmental humanities, and/or migration studies. The search will consider scholars whose work focuses on the U.S. as well as those who incorporate comparative and transnational frameworks in relation to the U.S. Application deadline for full consideration is Sep 15.Details.

Call for Applications :: Professor of Islam in Africa, University of Chicago Divinity School. The University of Chicago Divinity School seeks scholar(s) in the study of Islam in Africa for an appointment date of July 1, 2020. Rank and salary are open. The department welcomes applications at the assistant professor, associate professor, and full professor rank. Successful candidates will have scholarly expertise in Islamic religious thought and practice in Africa and engage in one or more of the following areas of inquiry: interactions between Islam and other African religious traditions (such as Ifá or Christianity) or between different Islamic traditions (Sufism, Salafism, Shi’ism, Ahmadiyya, etc); poetic, literary, and artistic expression; race and ethnicity; gender; colonialism and post-colonialism; and globalization. Review of complete applications will begin on Sep 15. Inquiries should be sent to Sara Bigger at Details.

Call for Applications :: Assistant Professor, University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles seeks to fill the Farhang Foundation Junior Chair in Iranian Studies at the Assistant Professor rank (tenure track). The Department is looking for a specialist of modern Iran with a social science orientation. Applicants with training in anthropology, sociology, political economy, environmental studies, urban studies, or geography will be considered. Inquiries should be sent to ( Review of complete applications will begin on September 15. Details.

Call for Papers/Posters :: Digital Methods and Resources in Legal History (19-20 Mar 2020 | Frankfurt, Germany). We invite researchers to present collections, databases, gazetteers, and similar resources of relevance to legal history, but also to show how they have been put to use in concrete project contexts. Note that we explicitly invite reports about research questions, projects, or approaches that have failed to find or create digital means to work with in a satisfactory manner, too. Please email proposals for papers (up to 1,200 words) and posters (up to 500 words) to by Sep 15. Details.

Call for Applications :: Assistant Professor of Modern Iran, University of Southern California. The Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles seeks to fill the Farhang Foundation Junior Chair in Iranian Studies at the Assistant Professor rank (tenure track). The department is looking for a specialist of modern Iran with a social science orientation. Applicants with training in anthropology, sociology, political economy, environmental studies, urban studies, or geography will be considered. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. by August 15, 2020, the start date of the position. Review of complete applications will begin on Sep 15. Inquiries should be sent to Details.

Call for Applications :: Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic, Washington and Lee University. The Department of German and Arabic at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a two-year visiting assistant professor of Arabic, beginning July 1, 2020. Preferred candidates will hold a PhD or have ABD status in Arabic Language (TAFL or a related field (e.g., second language acquisition, comparative literature, Middle Eastern Studies)). M.A. holders will be considered. The application deadline is Sep 30 and application review will begin October 1, 2019. Skype interviews will be conducted in mid-October, and finalists will be invited to campus in late October 2019. Questions may be addressed to Professor Anthony Edwards, at Details.

Call for Papers :: “Acts of Excommunication” in the Late Antique and Early Islamicate Middle East (12-13 Mar, 2020 | Leiden, The Netherlands). This conference aims to bring together both senior and junior scholars to present research which illuminates the dynamics implicit in the act of excommunication and associated practices: ostracism, anathema, and other forms of religio-social exclusion, among the major religious communities of the Islamicate world, 600-1200 CE. The workshop will focus on “acts of excommunication,” meaning that its primary focus will be specific cases, whether real or imagined, which display the dynamics and implications of excommunicatory practices. Please send abstracts of around 300 words to by Oct 1. Details.

Call for Applications :: Professors of Asian American, Latinx, and/or Islam in America Studies, Harvard University. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University seeks to appoint up to four professors who study race, ethnicity and/or migration with focus on Asian American, Latinx, and/or Islam in America Studies. They seek candidates who work in one or more of these areas or who do comparative work across them. These positions may be offered at either the rank of tenured full professor or as tenure-track positions, and will be located in appropriate FAS departments and programs in the humanities and social sciences. The appointments are expected to begin on July 1, 2020. Candidates are encouraged to apply by Oct 1; applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Details.

Call for Applications :: Arabic Language Faculty Member, Georgetown University in Qatar (Oct 1, 2019 | Doha, Qatar). Georgetown University in Qatar is recruiting a teaching-oriented faculty member in Arabic Language. This is a full-time, three-year position that is eligible for renewal. The teaching load is three courses per semester. The successful candidate will be able to teach Modern Standard Arabic at all levels, particularly to non-native and heritage language learners. Review of applications will begin Oct 1 and continue until the position is filled.Details.

Call for Applications :: Affiliated Faculty (Part-Time), Emerson College. The Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College is looking to hire a part-time Affiliated Faculty to teach “HI204 Islam in the World” during the Spring 2020 semester, January 14-May 1, 2020. All interested applicants must submit a cover letter, CV, and evidence of teaching effectiveness (course evaluations, syllabi, and/or peer evaluations) through their Workday application system. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Details.

Call for Papers :: Cities in Motion in the Worlds of Islam (2-5 Sep 2020 | Antwerp, Netherlands). As part of the 15th International Conference on Urban History, this session will explore changing patterns of spatial segregation and ethnic diversity in cities in the Islamic worlds, and will examine the resilience or changing nature of segregation, the reasons behind it, the link with migration flows, and the social, political, cultural, and economic organization of city life. Please submit abstract (up to 350 words) by Oct 4.Details.

Call for Papers :: Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society (6-8 Mar 2020 | Atlanta, Georgia). The Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society (SERMEISS) invites scholars, including advanced doctoral students, to submit paper proposals for its 2020 spring meeting, which will be held March 6-8, 2020 at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The spring 2020 meeting will focus on “Islam and Law,” and paper proposals should be broadly related to that theme. To submit a paper proposal, please send your materials in a single file to Curtis Ryan ( by Oct 4Details.

Call for Applications :: National Humanities Center Fellowships (Sep 2020-May 2021 | Research Triangle Park, NC). The Center will offer up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities. The Center is international in scope and welcomes applications from scholars outside the U.S. Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. The Center seeks to provide at least half salary and covers travel expenses for Fellows and dependents. Fellowship applicants are asked to complete the online application form and to upload the following documents by Oct 10: a) 1,000-word project proposal; b) short bibliography; c) CV one-page tentative outline of the structure of the project; and d) contact information for three references (who will receive an email prompt inviting them to upload a letter on behalf of the applicant).Details.

Call for Applications :: Lecturer in Arabic Language, Boston University. The Boston University Department of World Languages and Literatures invites applicants for a full-time position as Lecturer in Arabic Language to begin July 1, 2020. Responsibilities include teaching three courses per semester as well as active participation in curricular development, and some extracurricular and recruitment efforts. Application deadline for all required materials is Oct 15. Details.

Call for Applications :: Assistant Professor Modern Middle East History, Yale University. The Yale University Department of History intends to make an appointment in Modern Middle East history to begin on July 1, 2020. The successful candidate may be appointed at the rank of full or associate professor with tenure, or at the rank of untenured assistant professor. Please contact Dana Lee ( with any questions. The review of applications will begin Oct 15 and continue until the position is filled. Details.

Call for Applications :: California State University, Long Beach: Assistant Professor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. This position will teach lower- and upper-division core courses including: Gender, Race, Sex and Societies; Bodies and Borders; Feminist Theory; Feminist Methods; Internship, and Senior Capstone Seminar. Applicants should have a PhD by Aug 1, 2020; have expertise in applied gender studies in areas including, but not limited to, public policy, public health, or non-profit or community-based organizing; with a focus on Asian diaspora or Asian-American communities or Muslim countries, cultures, or communities. Applications include cover letter, CV, transcript, writing sample, two proposed syllabi, and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin Oct 15. Details.

Call for Applications :: Assistant Professorship, Binghamton University (Oct 15, 2019 | New York, USA). The Department of History at Binghamton University, State University of New York, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in early modern Ottoman history (c. 1300-1800) beginning in Fall 2020. The department seeks applications from candidates whose research is grounded in Ottoman sources and archival materials, and especially encourage applications from scholars who take a trans-regional or trans-imperial perspective that incorporates the diverse religious groups, ethnicities, and regions that constitute the Ottoman world. Review of applications will begin Oct 15. Details.

The successful candidate may be appointed at the rank of full or associate professor with tenure, or at the rank of untenured assistant professor. Applications are invited from senior scholars who have demonstrated exceptional scholarship and teaching as well as leadership in their field. Applications are also invited from early-career historians with strong potential for achievement in scholarship and undergraduate and graduate teaching.

Call for Applications :: Assistant Professor, Stanford University. Stanford University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position focused on the culture, economics or politics of Muslim societies. The department welcomes applications from scholars who are studying Muslim societies in Iran and Central Asia, as well as South, Southeast and East Asia. For full consideration, materials should be received by Oct 25. Details.

Call for Papers :: Women and Gender Studies in the Middle East (Mar 2021 | Beirut, Lebanon). The Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS) is inviting submissions for an international conference, in partnership with local universities. A variety of topics are welcome, including politics, economics, history, sexualities, culture, arts, and digital humanities. Please email abstracts (250 words) to by Oct 30. Details.

Call for Applications :: Assistant Professor in History, Durham University. Durham University is recruiting an Assistant Professor in their Department of History. Applicants with interests in Mediterranean, North African, Iberian, Islamicate, Byzantine and Eurasian Studies are all encouraged, as well those with expertise in European History. Review of applications will begin Oct 31. Details.

Call for Papers :: Professions and Methods in Comparative Legal History (1-3 Jul 2020 | Lisbon, Portugal). The 6th Biennal Conference of the European Society for Comparative Legal History will focus on legal professions and the methods of legal professionals across Europe and the world. Legal methodology, including the motivation of judicial decisions, lawyerly style, and method of arguing cases, needs to be studied in historical and comparative perspective to understand where we are now, and where we might be heading. Paper abstracts (up to 200 words) or proposals for panels should be sent to by Nov 15.Details.

Call for Applications :: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Migration and the Humanities, Mahindra Humanities Center. The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University invites applications for one-year postdoctoral fellowships in connection with the Center’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seminar on the topic of migration and the humanities. Contact Dr. Andrea Volpe with questions about applying for a fellowship. The application deadline for applicants to submit their materials is Nov 15. Details.

Call for Applications :: Associate Professor of Iranian Studies, University of California, Berkeley. The Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a position in Iranian Studies at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2020. Applications are encouraged from scholars with rigorous training in the languages and cultures (textual and/or material) of Iran (broadly defined) and with a research specialization within the period from antiquity to the advent of Islam. Please direct inquiries to: Applications must be received by Dec 15. Details.