Via SOCIOLOGY OF ISLAM LISTSERV on January 10, 2014:

The Council on Middle East Studies at Yale University is offering a one-year postdoctoral fellowship — with the possibility of renewal for a second year — that will begin on July 1, 2014. Continue reading

Via SOCIOLOGY OF ISLAM LISTSERV on NOVEMBER 20, 2013:

American Islamic College in Chicago is seeking applications for faculty positions in Arabic and Islamic Studies. The deadline is November 30, or until the positions are filled. The start date is August, 2014.  Continue reading

via SOCIOLOGY OF ISLAM LISTSERV on NOVEMBER 17, 2013:

This is a call for papers for one or several panels on Tombs, Mausoleums, Shrines and Memorials of Religious/Political Leaders of the Contemporary Middle East (1980-2011), which will be held during the Fourth World Congress for Middle East Studies (WOCMES), 18th-22nd August 2014 in Ankara (Turkey). https://www.wocmes2014.org/ Continue reading

by LILA ABU-LUGHOD for THE DAILY BEAST on OCTOBER 22, 2013:

Anthropologist Lila Abu-Lughod analyzes the rise of a pervasive literary trope in the West—that of the abused Muslim girl

This book seeks answers to the questions that presented themselves to me with such force after 9/11 when popular concern about Muslim women’s rights took off. As an anthropologist who had spent decades living in communities in the Middle East, I was uncomfortable with disjunction between the lives and experiences of Muslim women I had known and the popular media representations I encountered in the Western public sphere, the politically motivated justifications for military intervention on behalf of Muslim women that became common sense, and even the well-meaning humanitarian and rights work intended to relieve global women’s suffering. What worldly effects were these concerns having on different women? And how might we take responsibility for distant women’s circumstances and possibilities in what is clearly an interconnected global world, instead of viewing them as victims of alien cultures? This book is about the ethics and politics of the global circulation of discourses on Muslim women’s rights. Continue reading