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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 Classical Islamic thought in its literary dimensions to begin September 1, 2013.

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 Classical Islamic thought in its literary dimensions, candidates should be able to design and teach advanced courses in one or more the following areas: Islamic theology and its Greco-Arabic background, Qur’anic and Sufi studies, as well as more basic courses in other fields of classical Islamic thought such as heresiography and classical literary theory.

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 reading knowledge of French and/or German is highly desirable.

Applicants must be able to teach, in Arabic, service courses in Arabic grammar and modern Arabic thought to native speakers of Arabic. Solid knowledge of the Arabic language and heritage and training in modern Western methodologies are essential.
Applicants must have a PhD upon appointment. Rank will normally be at the Assistant Professor level; usual contracts are initially for four years. 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 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; 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 highly encouraged; please send to:

For more information please visit The American University of Beirut is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2012, but priority will be given to complete applications received by November 01, 2012. In your cover letter, please indicate whether you will be attending the 2012 MESA meeting.

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