Assistant Professor in Religious Studies

Tempe, AZ

Arizona State University

Assistant Professor (Job #16254)
School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
Assistant Professor in Religious Studies, with specialization in Islamic Studies and Classical Arabic Traditions
The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University is seeking a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Religious Studies with expertise in Islamic and classical Arabic traditions. The area of specialization is open but the preferred candidate will have broad training in their field of expertise. Relevant fields may include Islamic ethics, sufism, science, environment, governance, law, theology and/or other spheres of Islamic thought, practice and culture. Ideally, the candidate’s scholarship and interests will transcend borders of academic disciplines and engage with diverse religious, cultural, and geographical worlds and practices. The regional area is open but candidates with expertise in the Middle East, North Africa, and/or Asia are desired. The successful candidate will be a scholar of Islam who can both fill our program’s gap in the study of the classical Islamic and Arabic traditions, and add to our faculty’s expertise in the anthropology of Islam and Islam in the contemporary world. 
The candidate will provide mentorship to undergraduate, MA, and PhD students and teach upper and lower level undergraduate courses as well as graduate seminars, including Introduction to Islam, Islamic Civilization, Islam and the Quran, Islamic philosophy, and various thematic courses based on their area of interest. Candidate will also participate in appropriate professional service. While language competence in the candidate’s geographical area of research is expected, they are required to have mastery of classical Arabic.
The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.  Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by visiting
Required Qualifications:
• PhD in Islamic Studies, History, Philosophy, Literature, Anthropology, Area Studies, theology or related fields with expertise in classical Arabic and Islamic traditions by time of appointment. 
• The candidates must articulate a research vision beyond their dissertation work, which includes their research and publication plans beyond their dissertation, and the significance and relevance of their research project.
• Required Language: Ability to fluently read and translate classical Arabic, fluency in English to teach and publish scholarly works
Desired Qualifications:
• Demonstrated scholarship in the Asian, Middle Eastern or North African region and regional language competence
• Demonstrated ability to teach interdisciplinary courses. 
• Demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities. 
To guarantee full consideration, applicants must apply online at submitting complete dossier which consists of the following.
1) a cover letter, stating qualifications in Islam and classical Arabic traditions, research vision and teaching. 
2) a CV, clearly identifying areas of specialization and competence (ABD must include the extent to which the doctoral requirements have been completed and the expected date of completion of the remaining requirements)
3) A writing sample connected to the area of expertise 
4) A short statement on teaching philosophy
5) Name and Contact Information of three referees
6) a diversity statement - A statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence.
Applicant’s last name should appear in each uploaded file name. Cover letter can be addressed to Professor Shahla Talebi, Search Committee Chair.  Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at:
Application deadline is January 19, 2020, 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time; if not filled, applications will be reviewed every week thereafter until search is closed. 
A background check is required for employment. 
Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
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Posted: 12/06/2019