Sheikh Zayid Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the level of Associate or Full Professor / American University of Beirut — LIMITE : 15/11/2018

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the American University of Beirut is seeking an outstanding internationally-established scholar to fill the distinguished Sheikh Zayid Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the level of Associate or Full Professor, to begin on August 15, 2019.

Candidates for the Sheikh Zayid Chair are required to have made highly distinguished and internationally acclaimed contributions in one or more academic fields of Arabic and Islamic Studies as conceived broadly (encompassing: philology and critical editions of Arabic texts, classical literature, intellectual history; civilization studies; Islamicate societies and cultures; material culture and manuscripts; the study of Islam and Muslims in the modern and contemporary world; social, political, and legal thought; and the academic study of Qur’an, Sufism and Hadith). Candidates who combine these fields or conduct research in more than one area will be given preference.

The Sheikh Zayid Chair will be expected to develop research activities within academic fields of Arabic and Islamic Studies, encourage collaboration and interaction between departments in AUB in which Islamic Studies plays a role, and foster international liaisons with the community of scholars in the field world‐wide.

The Chair is based in the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) where the MA program in Islamic Studies is housed, and the successful candidate is expected to offer graduate and undergraduate courses and supervise research in relevant fields at CAMES, the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages, and/or the Department of History and Archaeology.

The language of instruction at AUB and CAMES is English. Depending on the areas of expertise, the Sheikh Zayid Chair may have a joint appointment between CAMES and another department. The selected Chair will be offered a highly competitive salary and benefits package.

Applicants should send an updated CV, a detailed statement of research and teaching plans (in English), and the names and addresses of at least three references by email to

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for best consideration, please submit all required credentials by November 15, 2018.

For more information on this position, please visit:

Within the framework of Lebanese Law, the American University of Beirut is an equal opportunity employer.

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