Assistant Professor in Classical Islam

Brandeis University announces a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in Classical Islam to begin in Fall 2017.  The successful candidate must have primary research interests and training in Classical Islam (e.g., Qur’an and tafsir, history, philosophy, Sufism, literature, etc.).  Candidates must demonstrate expertise in classical Islamic texts and be able to teach courses using original Arabic sources and English translation at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The appointment is in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, which offers a variety of courses in the religion, literature, history, and culture of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and also houses a Ph.D. program in Arabic and Islamic Civilizations.  The successful candidate will also participate in the University’s interdepartmental undergraduate program in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.  Only applicants with the Ph.D., or who expect to have the Ph.D. by August 2017, will be considered.

Applications, which should be submitted to AcademicJobsOnline at, must include: a letter expressing research and teaching interests, a CV, a writing sample of no more than 30 pages, a list of courses taught, and three confidential letters of reference.  In addition, please include sample course syllabi for (1) an introductory survey course on Islam (Civilization and Institutions), and (2) an advanced course focused on classical Islamic texts for students with Arabic reading proficiency.  Please contact Jonathan Decter (, Chair, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, with questions.  First consideration will be given to applications received by October 14, 2016.

Brandeis recognizes that diversity in its student body, staff and faculty is important to its primary mission of providing a quality education. The search committee is therefore particularly interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching and/or service experiences, will increase Brandeis’ reputation for academic excellence and better prepare its students for a pluralistic society.

Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds with respect to race, ancestry, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, and disability.

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