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The Faculty of Humanity, Social Sciences and School of Theology invites applications for the following three W3-Professorships for Islamic Religious Studies at the planned Department of Islamic Religious Studies, to be occupied as soon as possible. These posts are initially limited to a period of five years, after which the positions can be tenured.

1)      W3-Professorship for Islamic Religious Studies with a Focus on the Basic Texts of the Islamic Tradition

The Professor will be expected to adequately represent the foundations and methods of Quran Studies, Quran Commentary and Quran Exegesis, as well as Hadith Studies.

2)     W3-Professorship for Islamic Religious Studies with a Practical Focus

The Professor will be expected to adequately represent the study of Islamic Norms in the fields of Ethics and Practice of Faith, including the aspects of Mysticism and Philosophy.

3)     W3-Professorship for Islamic Religious Studies with a Systematic Focus

The Professor will be expected to adequately represent the study of Islamic Faith with special reference to the history of Islamic Theological Thought, including the aspects of Mysticism and Philosophy.

The duties include the adequate representation of the field of research and teaching. At the same time, we expect the candidates to take over administrative duties, attract external funding, and actively help to set up an effective body of research.

We also expect a contribution in consolidating and designating new Islamic religion-based Bachelors and Masters courses as well as the promotion of young talents in the field of Islamic Studies. The candidates will be expected to cooperate with existing university bodies, in particular with the Centre of Anthropology of Religion(s), or ZAR, and further promote national and international contacts. A good knowledge of Arabic is required. The applicant is expected to acquire sufficient knowledge of the German language within an acceptable time period. Lectures have to be held in German. In addition, we expect applicants to be thoroughly familiar with Muslim positions and inward perspectives.

Qualifications include a university degree, teaching skills, a PhD, and additional academic achievements. The latter may consist of a Habilitation or equivalent sundry qualification, which may include skills gained outside of university.

At the time of appointment the candidate must not be older than 52 years of age. The Ministry of Science, Research and Art may allow exceptions in special cases, which have to be approved by the Ministry of Finance. This appointment will be made by the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.

The University of Erlangen-Nürnberg is committed to a pro-family policy, and as an equal opportunity employer supports dual-career couples. We strongly encourage women to apply in an effort to increase a female representation in research and teaching. Handicapped applicants will be given priority as long as all other qualifications are essentially met.

The Executive Board of the University will ask the University’s Council of Islamic Religious Studies for advice when professorships are filled. If need be, the application forms are presented to the members of the Council.

The University of Erlangen-Nürnberg pursues a policy of intensive study support of its students, and therefore expects that its teaching staff maintain substantial student contact time by being regularly present at the university.

The application documents (curriculum vitae, photograph, list of publications, lectures and teaching activities, copies of degrees, etc.) must be sent not later than November 18, 2011, to:

Dekanin der Philosophischen Fakultät und Fachbereich Theologie, Frau Prof. Dr. Heidrun Stein-Kecks, Hindenburgstr. 34, 91054 Erlangen

Please additionally email the aforementioned documents in digital format to:

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