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Lecturer in Islamic Studies - THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
FACULTY OF HUMANITIES
SCHOOL OF ARTS, HISTORIES AND CULTURES


Lecturer in Islamic Studies
HUM/11410


1. The University invites applications for the above post
2. Salary will be within the range £32,620 – £35,646 according to relevant experience and qualifications and will be for a fixed term of two years tenable from 1 February 2011.
3. Informal inquiries may be made to Professor Alan Williams (Head of Religions and Theology) alan.williams@manchester.ac.uk
4. Applications should be returned by 21 December 2010 to:

Fiona Cooper
School Office Supervisor
Samuel Alexander Building (Room A2)
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester
M13 9PL
Email: Humanities-hr@manchester.ac.uk


Interviews will be held on 10 January 2011.


5. If you have not been contacted by 7 January 2011 you should assume that, on this occasion, your application has not been successful. We would, however, like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in The University of Manchester.

WITH THE COMPLIMENTS OF THE DIRECTORATE OF HUMAN RESOURCES
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
FURTHER PARTICULARS OF APPOINTMENT

FACULTY OF HUMANITIES
SCHOOL OF ARTS, HISTORIES AND CULTURES
Department of Religions and Theology
Lectureship in Islamic Studies
from 1 February 2011

Applications are invited for a two-year fixed-term lectureship to replace Dr Youssef Choueiri, during
his two-year leave of absence from the University of Manchester. This 24-month appointment will
begin on 1 February 2011 and will be held in the subject area of Religions and Theology. The
successful candidate will initially teach courses at all three undergraduate levels to replace Dr
Choueiri’s established courses, thus:


· a Level 1 Introductory course on Islamic Studies, to replace ‘Introduction to Muslim
Societies’
· a Level 2 course unit on the subject of Women and Islam to replace ‘Women in Middle East
Societies’
· a Level 3 course unit on Muslim-Christian relations and Muslim Societies and the West to
replace ‘The Arab World and the West’
· Supervision of 6 final year dissertations

The successful candidate will be required to develop a further course unit in Islamic studies at both
undergraduate and postgraduate level in the areas of Islamic philosophy, theology and ethics, or
similar areas, for the academic years 2011-12, 2012-13. There will also be opportunities to
contribute to doctoral supervision in Religions and Theology.


GENERAL INFORMATION


The University of Manchester


The University of Manchester became Britain’s largest unitary university with the merger of the
Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST to form a single university in October 2004. As a
Russell Group university, The University of Manchester has an international reputation across the
range of scholarly disciplines, and a mission for the pursuit of excellence through the advancement
of research, scholarship, teaching and learning. Its outstanding facilities include the renowned
John Rylands University Library, the Whitworth Art Gallery, the resources of Manchester
Computing (which include an international standard virtual reality laboratory), proximity to a hub
airport, and a city centre location within one of Europe’s most dynamic regional capitals. Theatres
and performance activities proliferate, and the School of Arts, Histories, and Cultures at the
University of Manchester is set to play a key role in the development of Oxford Road as a ‘cultural
corridor’. Religions and Theology is one of the eight constituent parts of the School of Arts,
Histories and Cultures. The other six Subject Areas are: Archaeology, Art History, Classics and
Ancient History, Drama, English History and Music.


Religions and Theology


Religions and Theology at Manchester has been for many years a leading department of its kind in
the UK. It is one of the largest and most wide-ranging, covering Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism,
Islam, Judaism, South-East Asian religion and Zoroastrianism, and having many interdisciplinary
courses and links with other subject areas within the School of Arts Histories and Cultures and
Faculty of Humanities. It has consistently scored very highly in national assessments for both
teaching and research, and many of its staff are at the forefront of their respective fields
internationally. It hosts a number of centres which promote synergy between individual researchers
– the Centre for Late Antiquity, the Centre for Biblical Studies, the Centre for Jewish Studies -- as
well as the Manchester Research Institute for Religion and Civil Society, which includes the Centre
for Religion and Political Culture, the Centre for Public Theology, and the Lincoln Theological
Institute. Its core undergraduate programme is the BA in the Study of Religion and Theology (with
pathways in Biblical Studies, Jewish Studies, Religion and Society and South Asia), and there are
also BAs in Comparative Religion & Social Anthropology and also in Theological Studies in
Philosophy and Ethics. At postgraduate level it offers a number of Masters programmes (Biblical
Studies, Jewish Studies, Religion and Political Life, Religions and Theology, South Asian Studies,
Theology, Culture and Society). A lively cohort of doctoral students is spread across the various
areas of the department. The John Rylands University Library, has world-class holdings in religious
studies, biblical studies and theological studies, (including rare manuscripts, archives, printed
books, journals, electronic databases in the fields of Arabic and Iranian / Persian literature). This
plays an important role in the department’s research, and staff are encouraged to exploit its
resources to the full.


Teaching and research in Islamic Studies at Manchester are well established and shared between
Religions and Theology and Middle Eastern Studies. In both teaching and research, our work
draws support from an active community of scholars in the departments of both Religions and
Theology, and Middle Eastern Studies, among whom are, with relation to the area of this post,
Professor Alan Williams (Zoroastrianism and the Iranian cultural background of Islam, mystical
traditions of Islam, Persian classical poetry and comparative literature), Dr Andreas Christmann
(religious thought and practice in 20th Century Islam, the impact of Islamic reformism and
revivalism on contemporary tasawwuf; modern tafsir and Qur’anic hermeneutics), Dr Ronald
Buckley (medieval Arab history and religion, and Shiism), Professor Hoda Elsadda (Modern Arabic
literature and gender studies; discourses on gender in Arab cultural history and oral histories of
Arab women), Dr Dominic Parviz Brookshaw (Medieval and modern Persian literature, literature of
the Iranian diaspora, social history of early Qajar Iran, religious minorities of Iran), and Dr Youssef
Choueiri, whom this post replaces (modern Islamic societies, fundamentalist Islam, middle eastern
politics and society. There are also many other colleagues in other subjects in the Schools of Arts,
Histories, and Cultures, and also Languages Linguistics and Cultures, who have expertise in
ancient, medieval and modern religious traditions. Scriptural languages taught here include Arabic,
Aramaic, Greek, Hebrew, old and middle Iranian, Latin, Sanskrit and Syriac. Chinese, Japanese,
Persian, and Turkish languages are also available to our students, as well as a range of European
languages.


Post specification


The post will be held in the Religions and Theology subject area and is a fixed term post for 2
years, with Teaching Focus, to replace Dr Youssef Choueiri while he is on leave from the
University of Manchester. The successful applicant will have some relevant teaching experience,
and will have, or be nearling completion of, her/his PhD. The successful candidate must be able to
take up the post on 1 February 2011 and will be required initially to teach as follows:


· a Level 1 Introductory course on Islamic Studies, to replace ‘Introduction to Muslim Societies’
· a Level 2 course unit on the subject of Women and Islam to replace ‘Women in Middle East Societies’
· a Level 3 course unit on Muslim-Christian relations and Muslim Societies and the West to replace ‘The Arab World and the West’
· supervision of six final year dissertations
· preparation and monitoring of use of and availability of Blackboard pages for the above undergraduate course units
· setting of assessment essay questions, examination papers and other elements of the assessment profile and all actual first internal assessment of the above courses
· preparation and delivery of one further undergraduate and postgradiate MA course unit on a relevant theme in Islamic studies for the academic years 2011-12 and 2012-13


The successful candidate will be required to develop a further course unit in Islamic studies at both
undergraduate and postgraduate level in the areas of Islamic philosophy, theology and ethics, or
similar areas, for the academic year 2011-12. There will also be opportunities to contribute to
further undergraduate teaching, to postgraduate teaching and doctoral supervision in Religions and
Theology.


NB: This post has a Teaching Focus and will not carry with it any substantial administrative duties
beyond normal administration associatied with teaching and assessment of the Islamic studies
course units, etc.


Specific duties will also include:

· teaching and examining in undergraduate programmes as specified;
· personal tutoring (academic advising) of undergraduate students;
· supervision of undergraduate dissertations;
· administration related to teaching only.


Person specification
Essential criteria

The successful candidate must:
· have facility in classical Arabic in addition to English
· have, or be nearing completion of, a PhD in an area of Islamic studies
· have experience in teaching Islamic studies at university level
· have the ability to contribute actively to wider discussions outside the specific field of Islam within the study of religion and theology
· have an excellent publications record demonstrated by existing and forthcoming publications
· have excellent written and oral communication skills

Desirable criteria
· facility in one other language in addition to English and Arabic 

Further information
The School of Arts, Histories, and Cultures website is: http://www.arts.manchester.ac.uk/
Informal inquiries may be made to Professor Alan Williams (Head of Religions and Theology)
alan.williams@manchester.ac.uk