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Salary Range: £45,000 to £70,000 per annum

The Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations based in London is seeking to make senior Faculty appointment at the level of Professor or Associate Professor in the area of Law in Muslim Contexts.

The Institute presently has a lean and diverse faculty with a breadth of specialisations focused on the study of Muslim cultures, including development, contemporary Muslim thought, education, history, literature, philosophy and sociology.

The Institute is keen to continue strengthening its research agenda. The incumbent will be required to pursue research in his/her field of specialisation consistent with the interests of the Institute. We encourage interested candidates to review our thematic research foci on the Institute’s website. The incumbent may also be expected to participate in the Institute’s research project on Governance in Muslim Contexts.

The incumbent will be required to teach on the Institute’s MA programme. The programme currently offers courses that deal with the evolution of legal traditions as well as contemporary interactions between religion, law and society in Muslim contexts.

The role may also involve academic management and leadership aspects.



  • Ph.D. in the field of Law with particular focus on Legal Studies in Muslim contexts
  • Considerable knowledge of and contribution to contemporary debates about Muslim Legal Traditions and their interaction with religion and society
  • Theoretical and/or empirical work on issues pertaining to the relationships of Muslim Traditions to the theory and practice of democracy, human rights and civil society
  • Sound theoretical understanding and a strong track record of high quality publications
  • Ability to access scholarly literature in Arabic

Candidates for Associate Professor Level should provide evidence of sustained successful performance in teaching and scholarly activity and should also have demonstrated experience of academic and administrative leadership.
Candidates for Professorial Level should be recognized for outstanding professional attainments evidenced by positions of leadership in their institutions and by membership in professional organisations, on editorial boards and committees. Such persons should be recognized nationally and internationally as authorities in their fields and as outstanding teachers in their areas of specialisation.


  • Demonstrated desire to articulate and/or bridge disciplinary boundaries
  • Capacity to work in at least one other language of Muslim societies (Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Indonesian etc); research work in one of these languages will be preferred
  • Ability to work in other European languages relevant to the study of Muslim civilisations

Where applicable, and if successful, you will be required to provide documentary evidence of your English language ability to meet the UK Border Agency requirements for Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system. The document(s) should attest that you:

  • are a national of a majority English-speaking country; or
  • have passed an English language test on UK Border Agency list of approved English language tests; or
  • hold a degree that was taught in English and is equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree and the degree was taught to a competent standard of English equivalent to level C1 on the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR).

Please refer to the UK Border Agency website for further details.

To Apply
Interested candidates should send their completed application form with a cover letter and CV to
Application Deadline: 30 June 2012. Initial Interviews will be held during the month of July 2012.

About the Institute
In 2002, the Aga Khan University established its Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London (AKU-ISMC). The goal of the Institute is to strengthen research and teaching on the heritage of Muslim societies as they have evolved over time, and on the challenges these societies face in today’s globalised world. At AKU-ISMC, the social sciences and humanities are utilised as intellectual tools to study the construction of knowledge, processes of change, structures of governance, and artistic and creative expressions within Muslim societies and cultures. The Institute seeks to create opportunities for interaction among academics, traditionally trained scholars and other professionals in an effort to deepen the understanding of issues affecting Muslim societies today.

The Institute’s MA in Muslim Cultures aims to contribute to the formation of scholars, intellectuals and professionals capable of engaging with contemporary challenges, particularly those faced within contemporary Muslim societies, by drawing upon ethical ideals, critical thinking and modern academic tools. The MA Programme offers a distinctive way of understanding the cultures of Muslims as they have evolved over time.

Note: Due to large number of applications, we will only contact candidates short-listed for interview. If you have not heard from us within four weeks after the closing date, please presume that your application has not been successful.
By submitting an application to AKU-ISMC you provide your consent to the Institute under the Data Protection Act 1998 to share the contents of your application with relevant colleagues at our headquarters, AKU Karachi, and with its nominated agents for the purpose of completing this recruitment exercise.
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