2 x Three-Year Positions (m/f/d) at Doctoral or Post-Doctoral Level (TV-L 13, 65%-100%): 1: Jews and Christians in Arabia: Between the Qur’an and Early Islam 2: The Qur’an and Ethiopic Christianity

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2 x Three-Year Positions (m/f/d) at Doctoral or Post-Doctoral Level (TV-L 13, 65%-100%): 1: Jews and Christians in Arabia: Between the Qur’an and Early Islam 2: The Qur’an and Ethiopic Christianity

The Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Tuebingen invites applications for two three-year positions (m/f/d) at Doctoral or Post-Doctoral Level (TV-L 13, 65%-100%):

1) One three-year position on Jews and Christians in Arabia: Between the Qur’an and Early Islam.

2) One three-year position on The Qur’an and Ethiopic Christianity

Background:

The research project The Qur’an as a Source for Late Antiquity (QaSLA) is funded by the European Research Council and directed by Prof. Dr. Holger Zellentin, at the University of Tübingen (Germany). QaSLA analyses the affinity between the Qur’an and known forms of Judaism and Christianity surrounding Arabia in order to sketch the religious landscape of the Arabian Peninsula at the turn of the seventh century C.E. Further details on the project can be found at:

https://uni-tuebingen.de/fakultaeten/evangelisch-theologische-fakultaet/lehrstuehle-und-in...

Positions:

Position 1: Jews and Christians in Arabia: Between the Qur’an and Early Islam.

Candidates will participate in all academic aspects of the project and are expected to author either a PhD Dissertation or one monograph and collaborate in the preparation of the project’s other publications (both in English), as well as acting as a source of information and advice to other members of the project.

Holding at least an MA (or equivalent), or a PhD, in a pertinent field, the successful candidate will possess a very good command of Arabic and detailed knowledge of the early Islamic tradition. In addition, the candidate should have good knowledge of the disciplines of historiography and Qur’anic Studies. They must be able to work with further late antique Jewish and Christian primary sources relevant to the study of early Islam (in translation if necessary). They must be able to undertake innovative research at the forefront of current scholarship, managing their own academic research and associated activities. Previous experience of independent scholarly writing to a high level of content and presentation is essential, as are the ability to contribute ideas for new research projects and excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings. Familiarity with South Arabian (Himyarite or Sabaic) culture, archaeology and epigraphy, with additional relevant classical languages (such as Ancient South Arabian, Aramaic, Coptic, Geʿez, Greek, Hebrew, or Safaitic) and with modern research languages, as well as knowledge of Arabic-language scholarship, are especially welcome.

Position 2: The Qur’an and Ethiopic Christianity

Candidates will participate in all academic aspects of the project and are expected to author either a PhD Dissertation or one monograph and collaborate in the preparation of the project’s other publications (both in English), as well as acting as a source of information and advice to other members of the project.

Holding at least an MA (or equivalent), or a PhD, in a pertinent field, the successful candidate will possess a very good command of Geʿez and detailed knowledge of the Axumite tradition. In addition, the candidate should have good knowledge of Qur’anic Arabic and of the discipline of Qur’anic Studies. They must be able to work with further late antique Jewish and Christian primary sources relevant to the study of the Qur’an (in translation if necessary). They must be able to undertake innovative research at the forefront of current scholarship, managing their own academic research and associated activities. Previous experience of independent scholarly writing to a high level of content and presentation is essential, as are the ability to contribute ideas for new research projects and excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings. Familiarity with South Arabian (Himyarite or Sabaic) culture, archaeology and epigraphy, with additional relevant classical languages (such as Ancient South Arabian, Aramaic, Coptic, Greek, Hebrew, or Safaitic) and with modern research languages, as well as knowledge of Arabic-language scholarship, are especially welcome.

QaSLA is hosted by the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Tübingen and will involve close collaboration with other Tübingen Institutes, as well as with an international network of scholars. The University of Tübingen offers a vibrant scholarly community with local expertise in Jewish, Christian and Islamic studies located in the fields of history, religious studies, as well as Jewish, Catholic, Protestant and Islamic theology.

We are looking to build a diverse team of scholars. In addition to the key requirements laid out above, we are looking for team players that are eager to learn from others and contribute to an ongoing mutual exchange of research findings by all team members. The university seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women academics, and other underrepresented groups in academia to apply for these positions. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference in accordance with national employment law.

Application Process:

Interested applicants for both positions are asked to submit the following materials:

   •     A cover letter briefly detailing their suggested contribution to the project (max. 800 words);

   •     curriculum vitae;

   •     copies of two writing samples;

   •     two recommendation letters (to be submitted directly).

All materials should be submitted to bilal.badat@uni-tuebingen.de. We are encouraging candidates informally to request the full project description along with further guidance regarding their suggested contribution prior to any submission. The deadline is September 30, 2022 (midnight, CET). Salary will range from EUR 4.188 to EUR 6.037 (at 100%, TV-L E13), depending on experience and personal factors. We are looking to hold interviews (most likely to be held remotely) by mid-October 2022. The preferred starting date for the project is immediate; the employment will be carried out by the central administration of the University of Tübingen. Please feel free to contact us with any relevant questions you may have.