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The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of Modern Middle East/Islam beginning August 2013. At the time of hire, a Ph.D. or equivalent in the academic study of religion or relevant related area is required. The position is a joint appointment in Religious Studies and History that carries a 2/2 teaching load, with one of those courses per year taught in the Department of History.

The successful candidate’s research will be grounded in the academic study of the Modern Middle East/Islam (19th century-present). Secondary specialization is open broadly to such topics as Islamic history and global development. Knowledge/fluency in language(s) appropriate to the candidate’s field of study is expected. The successful candidate will be conversant in theoretical approaches to Islam within the academic study of religion as well as history.

Applicants should demonstrate promise toward an active and ongoing research agenda, a record of teaching excellence, and the ability to contribute to the life of an academic department in the areas of service and citizenship. All faculty in Religious Studies contribute to teaching the Introductory course as well as more specialized upper-level seminars.

The Department of Religious Studies ( is an undergraduate degree-granting unit while the Department of History ( grants undergraduate and graduate degrees, providing the successful applicant the possibility of supervising graduate work.

Review of applications will begin Wednesday, October 31, 2012 and continue until the position is filled, with the possibility of meeting representatives of the search committee at the American Academy of Religion meeting in Chicago. Applicants are required to apply online (, submitting a cover letter, C.V., a 1-2 page statement on research and teaching, and an academic writing sample not to exceed 30 pages.
A dossier with at least three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to:

Professor Merinda Simmons
Chair, Middle East/Islam Search
Department of Religious Studies
212 Manly Hall
P.O. Box 870264
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0264

Direct any inquiries to

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