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Post-doctoral research associate in Bible in Arabic
Fixed term contract for five years (subject to pending grant agreement) beginning 1 February 2013
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Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Geschichte und Kulturwissenschaft
Institut für Islamwissenschaft
Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World
Altensteinstr. 40

14195 Berlin

Job description
The Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World invites applications for a post-doctoral research position, which is tenable for a fixed period of five years. Candidates will work within the framework of the DFG-funded German-Israeli research project “The Bible in Arabic among Jews, Christians and Muslims: The Scriptural Translation Movement of the Middle Ages”, with the principal investigators Camilla Adang (TAU), Meira Polliack (TAU), and Sabine Schmidtke (FU-Berlin). The research project aims to investigate biblical translation traditions into Arabic, both of Jewish and Christian provenance, their aims and techniques, as well as the social and cultural implications of their innovative and ambitious inter-religious endeavour. In addition, though scholarship has long been occupied with defining the relationship of Islamic literature (Qurʾān and the ḥadīth) to a former body of Jewish and Christian religious texts, the focus will be on a crucial yet neglected dimension, namely, the Islamic reaction to the dissemination of written Arabic Bible versions by members of these protected faiths, and the wider effect of these versions on the Muslims’ perception of the Qurʾān as the ultimately revealed scripture, and of Muhammad as the Seal of Prophets.

She or he should hold a doctorate with a specialisation in this field, preferably with an expertise in Christian-Arabic versions of the Bible, and have a record of scholarship in the field, by the time the appointment begins. Furthermore, she/he will be actively engaged in all activities relevant to the research group including the planning and realisation of workshops, conferences, and publications, as well as the participation in its operation and activities. There is the opportunity to teach in the area of her/his specialization. Applicants should be fluent in English. The ability to work in German would be recommendable and since the project is a German-Israeli collaboration, a knowledge of Hebrew is an advantage.

Applications including all relevant documents (cover letter; CV; list of publication, copies of academic diplomas; two letters of recommendation) and quoting the mentioned application code BIA-PostDoc-2013 should be submitted by 30 November 2012 to Dr. phil. Katja Jung (, Academic Coordinator of the Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, or to the above indicated address.

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