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Postdoctoral Researcher, QuCIP Project Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford Grade 7: £31,604 – £38,833 p.a.

This is an opportunity for an outstanding scholar to join the research project Qur’anic Commentary: An Integrative Paradigm (QuCIP), funded by the European Research Council and directed by Nicolai Sinai. The particular responsibility of this post is to carry out research on Qur’anic law in its late antique context and to author a monograph on this topic. The position is scheduled to commence in April 2019, although an earlier start date is possible if desired.

The Researcher will undertake a detailed examination of legal and quasi-legal passages in the Qur’an, reviewing and refining our understanding of their meaning and historical context in light of pertinent pre-Qur’anic traditions. This will involve managing his/her research using and developing appropriate methodologies, and drawing on pertinent scholarship from other disciplines as required. She/he will contribute to the preparation of workshops and conferences, present papers at conferences or public meetings, develop ideas for potential further funding applications, and liaise as appropriate with colleagues and research groups at other institutions. She/he will author a monograph based on his/her research and collaborate in the preparation of the project’s other publications, as well as acting as a source of information and advice to other members of the project. The Researcher may be asked to deliver up to an average of 1h of classes, lectures, or small-group (tutorial) teaching per week of term in the field of Qur’anic Studies or some other subfield of Islamic Studies.

Holding a relevant PhD/DPhil by the start of the position, the successful candidate will possess a very good command of Qur’anic and classical Arabic and be familiar with pre-modern Islamic religious scholarship, coupled with specialist knowledge of the discipline of Qur’anic Studies. She/he must be able to work with late antique Jewish and Christian primary sources relevant to the study of Qur’anic law, either in the original (preferred) or in translation. She/he must be able to undertake innovative research at the forefront of current scholarship, managing his/her own academic research and associated activities. Previous experience of independent scholarly writing to a high level of content and presentation is essential, as are the ability to contribute ideas for new research projects and excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings. Candidates with previous scholarly publications and a good command of relevant primary languages other than Arabic (especially Biblical and Rabbinic Hebrew, Rabbinic Aramaic, and Syriac) will be at an advantage.

This is a full-time fixed term position, for 4 years.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 14 September 2018.

Contact Person : Professor Nicolai Sinai Vacancy ID : 135888 Contact Number :
Closing Date : 14-Sep-2018 Contact Email : Click on the link(s) below to view documents Filesize
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