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The Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages seeks applicants in the fields of Modern Arabic Literature and Literary Theory (with special emphasis on prose genres); and Qur’anic Studies preferably with an ability to teach Islamic Mysticism (tasawwuf) – preference will be given to candidates who can teach advanced courses in both fields.

The language of instruction in this department (and only in this department) is modern Standard Arabic, but mastery of English is an essential requirement. A good knowledge of French and/or German is highly desirable. Applicants must be able to teach, in Arabic, service courses in grammar and modern Arabic thought to native speakers of Arabic. Solid knowledge of the Arabic language and heritage, and training in Western methodologies are essential.

For the position in modern Arabic Literature and Literary Theory, applicants should be well versed in both Arab and Western classical heritages, including Western literary theory. For the position in Qur’anic Studies, knowledge of Persian language and literature would also be an asset.

Applicants must have a PhD upon appointment. Rank will normally be at the Assistant Professor level; usual contracts are initially for four years, starting September 15, 2012. The department offers BA and MA degrees, and a PhD in Arabic Language and Literature.

Interested candidates should send a letter of application, a CV, and should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent by January 15, 2012 at the latest to: Patrick McGreevy, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, American University of Beirut, c/o 3 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017-2303, USA or Patrick McGreevy, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, American University of Beirut, P.O. Box 11-0236, Riad El-Solh, Beirut 1107 2020 Lebanon.

Electronic submissions are preferred and may be sent to For more information on this position, please visit The American University of Beirut is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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