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As a University of Excellence, Universität Hamburg is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it nurtures innovative, cooperative contacts to partners within and outside academia. It also provides and promotes sustainable education, knowledge, and knowledge exchange locally, nationally, and internationally.The Faculty of Humanities, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Islamic Studies Divisionsinvites applications for a
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE for the project “Social Contexts of Rebellion in the Early Islamic Period”(Post-Doc)-SALARY LEVEL 13TV-L –
The position in accordance with Section28 subsection3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG)commences on 01.04.2021.This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed until31.03.2023, with a potential 3-year extension pending successful evaluation.The position calls for 39 hours per week.This position is also suitable for part time employment.
Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.
Specific Duties:
The Emmy Noether project “Social Contexts of Rebellion in the Early Islamic Period” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) will study four categories of revolt in the ‘long 8thcentury’ (c. 692-816 CE). These four sub-projects comprise i) rebellions led by tribal notables; ii) revolts that made claims to power in the name of the family of ‘Alī b. Abī Ṭālib; iii) Khārijite rebellions; and iv) non-Muslim/mixed uprisings. The project’s geographical scope is limited to the central lands of the early Islamic Empire; regions like Transoxania or North Africa (including Egypt) are outside its purview. The project will proceed on two levels: individual case studies carried out by the team members, and comparative analyses focused on the macro level of rebellion in the early Islamic period.The successful applicant will conduct researchon the fourth category of rebellion (non-Muslim/mixed revolts). They will be expected to write a monograph on this subject, publish relevant articles in peer-reviewed journals,and contribute tothe project group’s comparativeresearch and publications.They will also assist with administrative tasks (e.g., conference organization) and co-edit conference proceedings with the group leader.
A university degree in a relevant subject plus doctorate. Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field of Islamic or Middle Eastern Studies. Theymust have excellent knowledge of Arabic as well as Persian or another second language relevant to their sub-project (e.g., Armenian). A comprehensive understanding of early Islamic history and/or the history of non-Muslim communities in the early Islamic period, as demonstrated by relevant publications and/or the subject of their PhD dissertation, is required. Applicants must have extensive experience working with pre-modern sources in Arabic and/or their second language (e.g., Persian, Syriac, Armenian). Knowledge of the late antique history of the project region and experience working with pre-modern Islamic material culture (e.g., coins, archaeological evidence, inscriptions) are an added advantage. Applicants must have excellent command of English (both written and spoken) and French reading skills; knowledge of German is preferred, but not required. As this is a collaborative team project, strong communication and interpersonal skills are a prerequisite.
Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.
For further information, please contact the research group leader, Hannah-Lena Hagemann, at hannah-lena.hagemann@uni-hamburg.deor consult our website at
Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificate(s), and contact details for two referees.Applicants are encouraged to include a proposal focusing on one or more select case studies from within category 4.Applications focusing on Armenian revolts are particularly welcome.
Please send applications by 31December2020to:
Please do not submit original documents as we are not able to return them. Any documents submitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Assistant Professor in the area of History of Islamic Countries

Deadline: 21/12/2020

Ca’ Foscari invites applications for a tenured-track position for an Assistant Professor in the area of History of Islamic Countries.

Ca’ Foscari is a research intensive institution committed to competing for international scientific excellence through the recruitment of the best academic talents worldwide. Talented young researchers and experienced senior professors make Ca’ Foscari a stimulating environment for career development and research freedom. Our university is committed to research excellence, funding promising researchers and developing international partnerships. As a leading research university, Ca’ Foscari explores cutting-edge research directions across disciplinary boundaries, setting a new agenda designed around six global challenges.

Ca’ Foscari is looking for a researcher in the area of History of Islamic Countries, capable of inspiring students to become game-changers in their own fields and to make a genuine difference in the world.

The profile required is that of a scholar with in-depth knowledge of the contemporary Arab world, with the ability of a multidisciplinary approach and a prolonged experience in the field. In particular, the researcher must demonstrate original analytical skills regarding the socio-economic and political dynamics of the Arab world (e.g. impact of political-economic structures on Arab societies; analysis of inequalities, problems of poverty, young people and the labor market ; in-depth knowledge of the actors influencing economic and political processes, from civil society associations, such as, for example, Islamist movements and workers’ movements, to international agencies and institutions such as the European Union; attention to the gender perspective of these dynamics), as well as possessing the linguistic and methodological tools necessary to access primary sources.

The researcher must guarantee teaching at least 60 hours of curricular and supplementary teaching in the three-year and master’s degree courses The didactic activities will concern in particular the teachings of “Political economy of the Arab countries”, “Economic policies of Arab countries”, “Cooperation and development in the Mediterranean”.

It is also required the willingness to follow three-year and master’s degree theses and possibly to contribute to the teaching activities of the PhD program

The position will be hosted in the Department of Asian and North African Studies. The Department has recently received a “Department of Excellence” Award by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. The Excellence Award has allowed the department to receive additional state funding to develop innovative projects for the creation of the Marco Polo International Research Centre (MaP) Centre for Global Europe-Asia Connections.The aim is to foster scientific cooperation at international level on innovative topics such as new religious identities, migrations, climate change and the history of relations between Europe, Asia and the Arab and Islamic world in a Transcultural perspective.

The QS World University Ranking by subject has placed Ca’ Foscari of Venice among the top 100 universities in the world for the study and teaching of Modern Languages.

Thanks to the wide array of activities and subjects offered by the Department, students can learn and explore Asian languages and their cultural context.

The skills and scientific interests of the DSAAM faculty members cover a wide geographic area from Africa to Japan. The specific fields of interest, often cross-disciplinary, can be divided into four main areas: linguistics, philology and literature; religions and philosophy; archaeology and cultural heritage conservation, figurative arts and performances; history, institutions, economics, society, politics and international relations.

The Department has strong international ties for educational, research and cultural purposes, which result in events, research fundings, Joint and Double Degree programmes and mobility opportunities for students and staff members.

The Institution

Since its foundation in 1868, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice has been a leader in Economics and Foreign Languages and Cultures. Today, Ca’ Foscari is exploring new frontiers in research, focusing on Climate Change, Digital Humanities, Digital and Social Innovation, and Nanosciences. An intellectual powerhouse of international repute in the heart of the city of Venice, Ca’ Foscari provides a one-of-a-kind blend of scientific research, cultural heritage and history, offering a life-changing experience to its students and researchers, with a transformative impact on the local community.

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice has also obtained the full Human Resources Strategy for Researchers certificate, a set of initiatives to improve work conditions for researchers and to attract talents worldwide. Ca’ Foscari provides applicants with exclusive services and onboarding initiatives. Our Housing office will help you search for a suitable and convenient accommodation, matching your needs and preferences with the available options.

If you are a non-Italian applicant or if you have resided outside of Italy for more than 3 years, you will benefit from a favorable tax treatment for the first 4 years of the contract.

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