Position of Professor of Islamic studies at Lund University, HT-faculties, Centre for Theol & Rel Studies (CTR) — LIMITE : 30/09/2020
At CTR, Islam is studied as a religion, a culture, an identity and an interpretive tradition. Historically, the area of study has been the Middle East and North Africa, but it is now global. A key starting point is that Islam needs to be interpreted with reference to the society in which it is situated. The consequence of this view is that Islam is seen as neither homogenous nor static, but as a religion in constant development. With roots in the history of religions, Islamic studies is now interdisciplinary, with teaching and research that actively relate to other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
The professor is expected to contribute to the Master’s programme The Religious Roots of Europe with its associated research environment focusing on early Islam, early Christianity and early Judaism. Lund University is also the host of the interdisciplinary strategic research area The Middle East in the Contemporary World (MECW), based at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at the Faculty of Social Sciences. There is an expressed objective that the professorship in Islamic studies is to have an important role in the strategic research environment and strengthen cooperation between these environments and CTR.