Islam, African Publics, and Religious Values: Two Post-Doctoral Fellowships

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Islam, African Publics and Religious Values

Two Post-Doctoral Fellowships


This is an invitation to join a dynamic and prolific research team under the guidance and supervision of Professor Abdulkader Tayob at the University of Cape Town.

Prospective fellows should demonstrate interest in the broader area of ethics and religion. The project invites applications for exploring the ethical in the narratives, practices and textual productions of individuals and religious groups. The project is focused on the language and discourse of ethics, as it has developed over time and adapted and applied in varied contexts. Moreover, ethics is identified as lived religions that show how practices follow rules in both imitative and adaptive ways.  and adapt them to novel contexts.

The project turns away from dominant preoccupations with representation or subjectivism in the study of religions and cultures. Moreover, it does not reserve the ethical for the free agent that must depart from a perceived totalitarian religious moral universe.

All projects will be considered, but special consideration will be given to questions and proposals which touch upon Islam or Africa.


Prospective fellows should send the following:

                        -  A letter of application and a short CV (maximum 5 pages) 

                        -  A brief proposal for research (maximum 5 pages) 

                        -  Certified Academic transcript(s) (Only for non-UCT graduates) 

                        -  The names and contact details of two academic referees


The value of the fellowship is R200,000 (South African Rands, per annum) and is renewable for a year upon satisfactory performance (publications and satisfactory participation in research meetings).

Applications and further enquiries may be directed to: Prof. Abdulkader Tayob, Department of Religious Studies University of Cape Town Private BagRondebosch


Deadline for Applications 31 May 2018.