2 PhD Positions in Digital Islamic History, University of Hamburg

Dear colleagues, I am advertising for two PhD positions in my project “The Evolution of Islamic Societies (c.600-1600 CE): Algorithmic Analysis into Social History” (EIS1600). Each position is 2+2 years. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2022. Successful applicants will work on one of the case studies of the project and will write and defend a PhD thesis on the topic of their choice, within a selected case study. Descriptions of both positions and detailed information on the application process can be found at the following links: https://tinyurl.com/PhD01; https://tinyurl.com/PhD02. Feel free to email me, if you have any questions (maxim.romanov@uni-hamburg.de). The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) within the framework of the Emmy Noether Program (https://tinyurl.com/EIS1600). It is hosted at the Institute of Asian and African Studies (Islamic Studies Division) of the University of Hamburg.

Best regards,
Maxim Romanov

Description of the EIS1600 project: Arabic chronicles and biographical collections preserve a plethora of information on long-term environmental and societal processes that shaped and molded Islamic society. Numerous and extensive, these written sources are the richest “mine” of information and are particularly valuable for the period before the 15th century, for which exceptionally few documents and archives are available. The EIS1600 project undertakes a study of “The Evolution of Islamic Societies (c. 600-1600 CE)” through the computational analysis of these historical texts, which will be treated holistically as a unified corpus of historical information (c.300 titles; 100 million tokens; c.500,000 biographical records). The project’s team will work on identifying and analyzing long-term historical trends through three closely connected case studies: 1) of major ethnic, religious, and professional groups—and how they shaped the development of local communities and fused them into what we call the Islamic world; 2) of dynastic cycles through the patterns of the rise and fall of regional powers, their conflicts with rivals, and interactions with local communities; 3) of environmental factors—plagues, famines, droughts, pest infestations, earthquakes, and climate change—and their effect on the life of local communities. These case studies will be the foundation for a robust synthesis of the evolution of the Islamic world over the period under study. In order to overcome the complexity and sheer volume of medieval Arabic historical sources, as well as to analyze them in an effective and reproducible manner, the EIS1600 project employs a series of advanced computational methods of text analysis and data modeling that are the key to discovering, evaluating, and modeling all relevant textual evidence at an unprecedented scale. Among other deliverables, the EIS1600 project will produce an open and expandable online research ecosystem, MasterChronicle, which will allow scholars in the field to engage in various modes of close and distant reading of the Arabic historical corpus

Program in Islamic Law, Harvard Law School

In collaboration with the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School is pleased to invite applications for an inaugural 2022-2023 PIL–LC Research Fellowship (due: January 31, 2022). This newly offered fellowship is designed to provide an intellectual home to promising young scholars in Islamic legal studies, to advance their research, and to contribute to the intellectual life of the Program, the greater Harvard community, and the Library of Congress community. The unique opportunity afforded by this joint fellowship award allows the selected fellow to pursue independent research on Islamic law and history that utilizes the extensive collections of the Harvard Libraries and the Library of Congress. The PIL–LC Research Fellowship award is a full-time residential fellowship at Harvard Law School (for nine months, during the academic year) and at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress (for three months, the following summer). Read more

University of Toronto – Mississauga Visual Studies

The Department of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga invites applications for a full-time tenure stream appointment in the History of Islamic Art and Architecture. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and commence on July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.

The Department welcomes applications from historians of Islamic Art and Architecture whose research focuses on the pre- and early modern eras. Applicants must have earned a PhD in the History of Art or a closely related discipline by the date of appointment or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and research. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.

Excellence in research is demonstrated by the quality of the writing sample, the submitted research statement, publications in top-ranked and field-relevant academic journals and books, or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, research collaborations, presentations at major conferences, fellowships, awards, and accolades, and strong endorsements by referees of high standing.

Excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments and a teaching dossier, including a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations submitted as part of the application, as well as letters of reference. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate innovative approaches to pedagogy and mentoring, experience with online teaching, and the ability to teach a geographical and chronological range of courses in Islamic art and architecture.

We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement Read more

Tehran Islamic Studies Monitor (TehranISM)

TehranISM is a series of conversations addressing Islamic studies across the world. The aim of conversations is to link “Western” and “non-Western” study of Islam. In particular, it aims at engaging more Iranian scholars and students with the state of the art in global Islamic studies.

Each conversation will focus on one recently published work about Islam. The structure of each conversation consists of: 5 minutes “introduction” by the host; 15 minutes “comments” by the discussant; and 20-30 minutes “response” by the author and the Q&A period.

September 3, 11 am (EDT), 16 (BST), 19:30 (Iran daylight time)

The Qur’an and the Bible: Text and Commentary.

Author: Gabriel Said Reynolds (University of Notre Dame)

Discussant: Mohsen Goudarzi Read more

Call For Applications Up To 5 Postdoctoral Fellowships For The Academic Year 2020/21

(Location: Berlin / Closing Date: January 4, 2020)

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for up to five postdoctoral fellowships for the academic year 2020/21 for the research program


EUME seeks to rethink key concepts and premises that link and divide Europe and the Middle East. The program draws on the international expertise of a growing network of scholars in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university and extra-university research institutions in and outside of Berlin. EUME supports historical-critical philology, rigorous engagement with the literatures of the Middle East and their histories, the social history and life of cities and the study of Middle Eastern political and philosophical thought as central fields of research not only for area or cultural studies, but also for European intellectual history and other academic disciplines. The program explores modernity as a historical space and conceptual frame. EUME is interested in questions relating to ongoing transformation processes in Europe and the Middle East, in re-imaginations of the past and present that contribute to free, pluralistic and just societies.

The program puts forward three programmatic ideas:
1) supporting research that demonstrates the rich and complex historical legacies and entanglements between Europe and the Middle East; 2) re-examining genealogical notions of mythical ‘beginnings’, ‘origins’, and ‘purity’ in relation to culture and society; and 3) rethinking key concepts of a shared modernity in light of contemporary cultural, social, and political divisions and entanglements that supersede identity discourses as well as national, cultural or regional canons and epistemologies that were established in the nineteenth century.

EUME supports and rests upon interconnected research fields and themes:

directed by Friederike Pannewick (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies/Department for Arabic Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg) and Samah Selim (Rutgers University) reassesses literary entanglements and processes of translation and canonization between Europe and the Middle East.

directed by Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi (both Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin) contributes to the debate on plurality, migration, citizenship and civil society from the historical experience of conviviality and socio-cultural, ethnic, and religious differences in the cities around the Mediterranean.

directed by Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva) tries to rethink key concepts of modernity in the context of experiences, interpretations, and critiques from the Middle East in order to contribute to a more inclusive language of culture, politics and community.

are research themes that emerged during the last years and are represented by the work of several EUME Fellows and members of the Collegium (e.g. Cilja Harders, Friederike Pannewick, Rachid Ouaissa).

These research fields and themes mark the framework for the fellowship program that constitutes EUME. Since 1997, more than 280 scholars from and of the Middle East have been EUME Fellows, who, by their scholarly projects, engagement, and their questions relating to the order of knowledge, society and politics, shape the academic program of EUME. 


The fellowships are intended primarily for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who want to carry out their research projects in connection with the Berlin program. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years. Fellows gain the opportunity to pursue research projects of their own choice within the framework of one of the above-mentioned research fields and in relation to the overall program Europe in the Middle East – the Middle East in Europe. Successful applicants will be fellows of EUME at the Forum Transregionale Studien, and associate members of one of the university or non-university research institutes listed below or connected to the Forum Transregionale Studien.

The fellowships start on 1 October 2020 and will end on 31 July 2021. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2,500 € plus supplements depending on their personal situation. Organisational support regarding visa, insurance, housing, etc. will be provided. Fellows are obliged to work in Berlin and to help shape the seminars and working discussions related to their research field. Scholars are also invited to apply with own funding. The working language of EUME is English.

An application should be made in explicit relation to one of the research fields and consist of
–  the application cover sheet (please download the form here);
–  a curriculum vitae (including a list of publications);
–  a project description (no longer than 5 pages), stating what the scholar will work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship; and
–  the names of two university faculty members who can serve as referees (no letters of recommendation required).

The application should be submitted by e-mail as one PDF file in English and should be received by January 4, 2020, sent to:


Europe in the Middle East – the Middle East in Europe (EUME)
c/o Forum Transregionale Studien
Attn: Georges Khalil
Wallotstrasse 14, 14193 Berlin
Fax +49 30 – 89 001 440

In case of questions, please consult the FAQ or write an email to eume@trafo-berlin.de.

EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST—THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE (EUME) has been initiated in 2006 as a joint research program of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. It builds upon the previous work of the Working Group Modernity and Islam (1996-2006). Since 2011 EUME is continued at the Forum Transregionale Studien.

In scholarly terms EUME is directed by a Collegium that currently consists of Ulrike Freitag (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), Cilja Harders (Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin), Kader Konuk (Institut für Turkistik, Universität Duisburg-Essen), Nora Lafi (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), Rachid Ouaissa (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg), Friederike Pannewick (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg), Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva), Samah Selim (Rutgers University), and Stefan Weber (Museum for Islamic Art, Berlin).

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien (Forum) is a research platform that promotes the internationalization of research in the humanities and social sciences. The Forum provides scope for collaboration among researchers with different regional and disciplinary perspectives and appoints researchers from all over the world as Fellows. In cooperation with universities and research institutions in Berlin and outside, it carries out research projects that examine other regions of the world and their relationship to Germany and Europe systematically and with new questions. The Forum currently supports the following research programs and initiatives: Europe in the Middle East – the Middle East in Europe (EUME), Prisma Ukraïna: Research Network Eastern Europe, Re:Constitution: Exchange and Analysis on Democracy and the Rule of Law in Europe. Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship and 4A Lab: Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropologies, Aesthetics are programs that are closely connected to the Forum.

The Forum is a founding member of the Academy in Exile and of the consortium of MECAM: Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb to be established in Tunis in 2020.

For more information on the Forum Transregionale Studien, please visit:

For more information on EUME and its research fields, please visit:

For information on the research institutions participating in EUME, please visit:

– Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, FU Berlin

– Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, FU Berlin

– Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient

– Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, FU Berlin

– Institute of Islamic Studies, FU Berlin

– Museum for Islamic Art

– Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies, FU Berlin

– Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg

– Institut für Turkistik, Universität Duisburg-Essen


Winter courses in Iran

The University of Religions and Denominations (Qom, Iran) is the sole specialized university of religions in Iran which has been active for more than two decades and with the goal of creating peace, peaceful coexistence and mutual understanding and dialogue has connected with several institutions and universities across the world
The International Department of the university has a successful history of organizing academic conferences and short courses in which many professors and students from across the world have participated. For more information regarding the university please visit the following site: www.urd.ac.ir
The International Short Course Center of URD organizes courses twice a year in summer and winter. We are proud to announce the following courses for winter 2020:
Winter 2020 Courses
Course Dates
The 10th International Intensive Course on Shi‘a Studies
13-17 February 2020
Cultural Tour
18-21 February 2020
The 1st International Intensive Course on Mysticism and Sufism in Islam and Iran
22-26 February 2020
For more information or to reply to this email please contact us at: iisc@urd.ac.ir

Contemporary Iranian Studies- Summer Course

We are happy to inform you that the Open Education Center, University of Religions and Denominations (Qom, Iran) will hold the first International summer course of Contemporary Iranian Studies on August 15-25, 2019.

The program provides an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary platform for the study of modern Iranian culture, politics, and society. It seeks to deliver an academically and professionally enriching experience and offer a unique program for those who wish an intimate, insider’s look at modern Iran.

You are welcome to join the program!


·       Date: 15-25 August 2019

·       Venue: Qom, Isfahan, Shiraz, Tehran

·       Structure: On-site & On-campus lectures, Social programs, Cultural tours

·       Academic Themes: Religion, Art, Culture, Politics in Contemporary Iran

·       Language: English

·       Partial Scholarships: Available

·       Visa Sponsorship: Available (without label and/or stamp on your passport)

·       More Details: iranianstudies@urd.ac.ir

Law and Social Change Visiting Fellowships

Visiting Fellowships 2019-2020
Applications due February 1, 2019

Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change invites applications for Visiting Fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year. This fellowship provides opportunities for outstanding scholars and legal practitioners to undertake research, writing, and scholarly engagement on Islamic law and society. We are particularly interested in applicants whose work focuses on human rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, minority rights, animal welfare and rights, constitutional law, food law, environmental law and climate change in particular, migration and refugee studies, LGBTQ issues, and related areas.

We welcome applicants with a JD, LLM, SJD, PhD or other comparable degree who are interested in spending from one month up to one academic year in residence at Harvard Law School working on an independent project. We seek applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, academic traditions, and scholarly interests.

Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $5,000 per month, commensurate with their education and experience. While Fellows will devote the majority of their time to their research projects, they are expected to participate in Program activities and contribute to the intellectual life of the Program.  Fellows are expected to deliver a lecture or workshop related to their topic of interest. Under certain conditions, an ILSP: LSC fellowship may be combined with another fellowship or award.

The deadline to submit all application materials (including letters of recommendation) is February 1, 2019 to be considered for a fellowship term during the 2019-2020 academic year. Click here for additional information and how to apply.

Deadline: February 1, 2019

Opportunity for Scholars (Fellowship) – School of Historical Studies Membership

Fellowship with the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study (2019 | Princeton, NJ). School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars 2019-2020. The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. Scholars from around the world come to the Institute to pursue their own research. Candidates of any nationality may apply for a single term or a full academic year. Scholars may apply for a stipend, but those with sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding or other means are also invited to apply for a non-stipendiary membership. Some short-term visitorships (for less than a full term, and without stipend) are also available on an ad-hoc basis. Open to all fields of historical research, the School of Historical Studies’ principal interests are Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science and philosophy, modern international relations and music studies.  Residence in Princeton during term time is required. The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their own research. The Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required. Inquiries sent by post should be addressed to the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton, N.J. 08540 (E-mail address: mzelazny@ias.edu). Applications are due 14 Oct 2018 , details in:


Deadline: Oct 14, 2018

Shiʿi Piety: Theory and Materiality from Premodern to Postmodern

This one-day workshop brings together graduate students and early career scholars working on topics related to Shiʿism in all periods and from any disciplinary perspective. The workshop is open to work on Zaydi, Twelver, Ismaili and other forms of Shiʿism. The aim is thereby to allow for the discussion both of micro-historical and ethnographic specificities as well as long durée patterns and developments.

The workshop will address the concept of piety in its material expression, its literary representation and its theoretical articulation.

Central topics include:

• Belief and its implications in philosophy, theology, and law
• Rites and rituals in spaces and texts
• Spatial, material, and literary manifestations of piety
• Networks
• Impiety
• The daily lives of pious beings

We particularly welcome scholars working on the intersection between the material expression of piety, and the intellectual or theoretical articulation of what it means to be Shiʿi. Contributions will be expected to be clear in how they define and understand piety, whether a theological conception or as lived tradition.

For consideration, please send a 300-word abstract to lussi@hum.leidenuniv.nl by July 15th.

The language of the workshop will be English. Travel subsidies will be available for participants.

About the Leiden University Shiʿi Studies Initiative

Islamic studies is a flourishing field, but the study of Shiʿi Islam in all its forms still remains underpopulated. The primary objective of LUSSI is to connect scholars and address lacunae in the field by promoting the study of Shiʿism in all its expressions and disciplinary approaches.

Deadline: July 15, 2018

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