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Job Opening: Assistant Professor – Islam and Modernity, University of Toronto

University of Toronto

Assistant Professor – Islam and Modernity

Job Field: Tenure Stream
Faculty / Division: Faculty of Arts and Science
Department: Department for the Study of Religion
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)
Job Posting: Aug 24, 2015
Job Closing: Nov 1, 2015

The University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure stream
position in Islam and Modernity, located jointly in the Department for
the Study of Religion (60%) and the Department of Near and Middle
Eastern Civilizations (40%). The appointment will be at the rank of
Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2016.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Religion, Middle Eastern
Studies, or an appropriate disciplinary area, by the time of
appointment, or shortly thereafter, must have a high level of scholarly
achievement in Islamic Studies, must be competent in Arabic and in
classical sources, and must have competence in the academic study of
religion. The successful candidate will have expertise in the primary
sources of Islam, and its history. To complement existing strengths in
Qur’an and Tafsir, Mediaeval Islam, Modern Middle Eastern history, and
the anthropology of Islam, the successful candidate will specialize in
the study of Islam in relation to modernity, globalization, and/or

Her or his research will address the practices and politics of Islam as
well as Muslim societies’ interactions with non-Islamic polities and
cultures. Candidates must have a record of excellence in research as
demonstrated through letters of reference and the research dossier, and
they are expected to conduct innovative research at the highest
international level and to establish an outstanding research program in
the area of Islam and Modernity. Evidence of excellence in teaching and
a clear commitment to ongoing teaching development are also required as
demonstrated through the teaching dossier submitted as part of the

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses
in both departments on the St. George (downtown) campus in his or her
area and will be expected to conduct research in her/his area of

To be considered for this position, all application materials must be
submitted online by clicking on the link below.

Applicants should submit • (1) a cover letter and (2) a curriculum
vitae, combined in a file labelled “cover letter and CV.pdf”;

(3). a research dossier containing a statement outlining current and
future research interests and a sample of academic writing (about 25
pages), combined in a file labelled “research.pdf”;

(4). a teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy
and teaching evaluations) in a file labelled “teaching.pdf”.

Submission guidelines can be found at:
Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent
directly by email (on letterhead, signed and scanned) to Professor James
DiCenso, Acting Chair, Department for the Study of Religion, via e-mail
to by the closing date. The subject line
for reference letters should say Reference Letter- Islam and Modernity.
To receive full consideration, applications and materials must be
received by November 1, 2015. Inquiries can be directed to Professor
James DiCenso, at

For information about the Department of Religion please go to

For information about the Department of Near and Middle Eastern
Civilizations please go to

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its
community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority
group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities,
members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the
further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and
permanent residents will be given priority.