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The University of Exeter is a Russell Group University in the top one percent of institutions globally. In the last few years we have invested strategically to deliver more than £350 million worth of new facilities across our campuses with plans for significant investment in the near future.

The Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies has the strongest REF2014 results of any Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies department in the UK, establishing Exeter as the leader in the field in terms of research quality, impact and environment. Our international profile as a pioneering and multidisciplinary institute continues to grow.

We are looking for two leading international figures with the ability to attract world-class academics to their research groups. Applicants will be innovative researchers with a strong track record of research funding and international quality publications. The College of Social Sciences and International Studies is one of the leading research intensive groupings in the field internationally, and it incorporates the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies which is one of the largest area studies institutes dedicated to the study of Arabic, Islamic and the Middle East in Europe. As a result of a generous benefaction establishing the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies in 1999, the university has hosted three Al-Qasimi Chairs in the Institute in Islamic Studies, Arabic, Arab Gulf Studies. Applicants will become part of a vibrant research team at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, which, in REF2014, had the best cohort of results of any Middle East area studies submission.

The area of specialism sought for the two chairs is broadly conceived: all areas in the study of Islam using different disciplinary approaches and interdisciplinary methods including (but not limited to) history, literary and cultural studies, religious studies, theology, critical studies, anthropology, philosophy, sociology, art history and archaeology, and digital humanities; all areas in the study of Arabic including (but not limited to) literature (ancient, pre-modern and modern), literary studies and history, language and linguistics, cultural studies, film and media studies, discourse studies, digital humanities, material culture, and translation studies. For both chairs, excellent mastery of the uses of Arabic is expected, and proficiency in other relevant languages (Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Kurdish, Indonesian, for example) highly desirable.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Dean of the College, Prof Debra Myhill (tel: 01392-724767, email: to discuss the posts further. Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Robert Gleave (tel: 01392-724025, email: You may also wish to consult our web site at ( for further details of the College.

Applications should be made via our website. For more information and to apply online please go to Please quote reference number P50883 in any correspondence.

The closing date for completed applications is 6 January 2016.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is ‘Positive about Disabled People’. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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