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University of California Santa Barbara, the History Department, invites nominations and applications for the King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud Chair in Islamic Studies. We seek a senior scholar in Middle East history (geographic specialization open) within the period from the rise of Islam (c. 600) to the beginning of the Ottoman Transformation (c. 1700) and the end of the Safavid era. The appointment is effective July 1, 2012. The successful candidate will contribute to UCSB’s interdisciplinary culture and play a leadership role in the Center for Middle East Studies ( and related programs and departments. Applications, including a letter of interest, a CV, and three letters of recommendation or the names and contact information of three referees should be sent The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The History department is interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. Unsolicited materials cannot be returned. Further inquiries can be addressed to Sharon Farmer ( To ensure full consideration, materials must be received by December 01, 2011.
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