compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, TIRN (with listings from Sociology of Islam Listserv), SEPTEMBER 2014:

41kmqMkK9sL._SL160_by Kristian Petersen on September 2, 2014: 

Divine Love: Islamic Literature and the Path to God

by William Chittick

Yale University Press, 2013

Where does love come from and where will it lead us? Throughout the years various answers have been given to these questions. In Divine Love: Islamic Literature and the Path to God (Yale University Press, 2013), William Chittick, professor at Stony Brook University, responds to these queries from the perspective of the rich literary traditions of Islam. He reveals how some Muslims explained the origins, life, and goal of love through a detailed investigation of authors writing in Persian and Arabic mainly from the eleventh to twelfth centuries. For these authors, love is manifest through the relationship between God and creation in all of its various iterations.
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9781780768885via Houman Sarshar (Director of publications at the Center for Iranian Jewish Oral History in Los Angeles, and consulting editor of Judeo-Persian Studies for the Encyclopaedia Iranica) through Sociology of Islam Listserv. 

The Jews of Iran: The History, Religion and Culture of a Community in the Islamic World

by Houman Sarshar 

I.B.Tauris,  Aug 2014

Book Synopsis:

Living continuously in Iran for over 2700 years, Jews have played an integral role in the history of the country. Frequently understood as a passive minority group, and often marginalized by the Zoroastrian and succeeding Muslim hegemony, the Jews of Iran are instead portrayed in this book as having had an active role in the development of Iranian history, society, and culture. Examining ancient texts, objects, and art from a wide range of times and places throughout Iranian history, as well as the medieval trade routes along which these would have travelled, The Jews of Iran offers in-depth analysis of the material and visual culture of this community. Additionally, an exploration of more modern accounts of Jewish women’s experiences sheds light on the social history and transformations of the Jews of Iran from the rule of Cyrus the Great (c. 600–530 BCE) to the Iranian Revolution of 1978/9.  This long view of the Jewish cultural influence on Iran’s social, economic, and political development makes this book a unique contribution to the field of Judeo-Iranian studies and to the study of Iranian history.

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9780415743532via Jasmin Zine (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Muslim Studies Option,Cultural Analysis & Social Theory, Wilfrid Laurier University. Waterloo, ON) through Sociology of Islam Listserv. 

“Muslim Women, Transnational Feminism and the Ethics of Pedagogy: Contested Imaginaries in Post 9/11 Cultural Practice”

Co-edited by Jasmin Zine and Lisa K. Taylor

Routledge Press (2014) 

This book combines scholarly analyses with artist interviews and speaks to undergrad & grad courses in sociology, education, women’s studies, cultural studies, literary and cinema studies and religious or Middle Eastern Studies.

Book Synopsis:

The decade since 9/11 has seen an accelerated circulation and enthusiastic reception of representations of Muslim women’s lives. Marketed as a vehicle of intercultural understanding within the context of the “war on terror”, these representations are neither random nor innocent but rather reflect and participate in a long Orientalist and imperialist history. Contributors to this volume examine the hegemonic and contested global production and reception of narrative and visual representations of Muslim and Arab women’s lives in literature, poetry, cinema, television, visual art, and popular culture as well as college classrooms.

This edited collection provides a timely exploration of transnational and anticolonial feminist analyses that can work against sensationalized and stereotypical representations of Muslim women. It addresses the gap in contemporary conversations on the teaching of literary and cultural texts by and about Muslim and Arab women, bringing scholars from the fields of education, literary and cultural studies, and Muslim women’s studies to examine the politics and ethics of transnational anti-colonial reading practices and pedagogy.

The book is unique in bringing scholarship in conversation with interviews with Muslim and Arab women artists and cultural producers reflecting on the transformative role of the arts as a form of critical public pedagogy and the larger context shaping/addressed by their practice. Continue reading

compiled from recent listings on THE SOCIOLOGY OF ISLAM LISTSERV: 

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

The School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University invites applicants for a tenured position as full Professor with research and teaching interests in conflict studies broadly defined. Anticipated start date: August 16, 2015.

We are particularly interested in scholars conducting innovative research in areas related to interstate conflict and intrastate conflict, including civil war, non-state actor violence, insurgency-counterinsurgency, and the intersection of interstate and intrastate conflict. The position is open with respect to methodology, though methodological sophistication, such as advanced statistical, experimental, formal or computational modeling skills, is expected.

The School of Politics and Global Studies grants a Ph.D., M.A., B.S. and B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Global Studies with plans for a Global Studies M.A. The successful candidate will contribute scholarship and teaching to support these programs. The School of Politics and Global Studies values interdisciplinary scholarship, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to affiliate and collaborate with other schools and centers at Arizona State University. The School is also home to vibrant interdisciplinary faculty working groups on conflict and human rights as well as ethno-national and religious politics in which the candidate may choose to participate.

Required qualifications: candidates must hold a Ph.D. in a relevant social science discipline (e.g., Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Economics); demonstrated excellence in research commensurate with appointment at the level of full professor; demonstrated excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Desired qualifications: evidence of a promising research agenda in the area of conflict studies; a demonstrated past and promise of future ability to generate external funding; strong record of graduate student mentoring.

The application deadline is October 15, 2014; if not filled then every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. A complete application must include the following: a letter of application stating qualifications, experience, research plans, and teaching interests; a complete curriculum vita; and contact information (name, phone number, and email) for three references. All application materials must be received by the deadline and sent to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/4423. We will not accept any mailed applicant material, including reference letters; this is an online, paperless search. A background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER

The University of Colorado Boulder seeks a scholar of Islam for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies to begin August 2015. Candidates are expected to have command of the classical texts of Islamic religion as well as competence in the study of religious thought and practice. Candidates must possess a record or promise of scholarly publishing, relevant linguistic proficiency, and a Ph.D. prior to appointment. Also relevant is a demonstrated ability to teach theoretical and comparative topics in the academic study of religion. The normal teaching load is four courses annually distributed between the Department’s Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts course offerings. Salary, research support, and benefits are competitive. The University of Colorado Boulder is an AAU member institution with a strong commitment to the liberal arts tradition and an emphasis on broad interdisciplinary teaching and research. Applications are accepted electronically at https://www.jobsatcu.com, posting #F01646. Please include a letter of application, CV, graduate school transcripts, samples of publications, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, sample syllabi, and at least three letters of recommendation. The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For inquiries about this position, please contact Tyson Martinez at Religious.Studies@colorado.edu. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2014 and will be accepted until the position is filled.

HAVERFORD COLLEGE 

Haverford College solicits applications for a Sociocultural Anthropologist with a specialization in Environmental Anthropology or Political Ecology, to fill a tenure-track opening in the Department of Anthropology. Specializations can include but are not limited to: urban movements, rural sustainability, political ecology, infrastructure, climate change, food and agriculture, natural resources, electricity, water, mining and resource extraction, disasters and trauma, the politicization of environment, history of environmental movements. While an appointment is anticipated at the beginning assistant professor level, we will also consider strong candidates at the advanced assistant professor level. The successful applicant should have completed the Ph.D. by August, 2015, and have a strong record of research, publishing, and teaching in Environmental Anthropology. S/he will be expected to take a leadership role in our interdisciplinary Environmental Studies program as well as in the Anthropology Department. The successful candidate will train a diverse student body in the use of ethnographic methods for the study of environmental issues, create opportunities for faculty-student research collaboration, teach courses in Environmental Studies and Anthropology, and maintain an active research profile as a sociocultural anthropologist who specializes in environmental issues. The ethnographic region of research is open with preference for Asia, Middle East, or the Americas. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, one writing sample, and names and contact information for three recommenders to apply.interfolio.com/25786.

The writing sample should be article or chapter length. For best consideration please submit applications by October 15, 2014.
Candidates will be interviewed at the AAA Meetings in Washington, D.C. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Georgia Davidis Malone at gdavidisma@haverford.edu.

For technical questions, please contact Interfolio directly at 877-977-8807 or help@interfolio.com.
Haverford College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability or veteran status. Haverford has a longstanding commitment to diversity rooted in values of inclusion and social justice, a commitment reflected in the curriculum, classrooms, and communal composition of the College. Haverford welcomes applications from candidates who share these values and who will foster their contribution to the Colleges educational mission.

BROOKLYN COLLEGE, THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK

Assistant Professor in Socio-Cultural Anthropology to teach undergraduate courses, pursues an active program of field research, and contributes to existing programmatic strengths. Successful candidate must have the desire and ability to teach at the undergraduate level. Geographic specialization in Africa, Middle East, or North America preferred. Scholars who research addresses questions of economic/political or urban/applied anthropology as well as the ability to demonstrate depth of ethnographic knowledge and the ability to speak to larger issues of theoretical and comparative significance is preferred. Job ID: # 11209.

UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN, THE NETHERLANDS — PHd POSITION 

PhD position Mecca in Morocco: Negotiating the Meanings of Hajj in Everday Life

(vacancy number: 214261) University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?details=00347-02S000482P

Job description

The research project consists of extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Morocco to investigate the meanings and sociocultural embeddedness of pilgrimage to Mecca in contemporary Moroccan society.

The PhD study is one of the subprojects in a larger NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Researchl) funded cooperation between the University of Groningen and the University of Amsterdam for a project that studies modern articulations of pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj/Umra). Approaching pilgrimage from the perspective of ‘lived religion’, the project in which the PhD student will participate addresses the question how references to religiosity, social identifications and self-identity in personal pilgrimage accounts reflect the ways in which the habitus of narrators is informed by various cultural discourses simultaneously.

The PhD student is expected:

· to have an excellent master’s diploma (preferably a Research master) in Cultural Anthropology or another relevant discipline (by 1 November 2014 at latest)
· ample experience with ethnographic fieldwork
· to be ambitious, highly motivated and wishing to make a career in research
· to be fluent in English (both oral and written)
· to have an excellent profiency in (oral) Arabic, preferably the Moroccan-Arabic dialect
· to be able and willing to work in an interdisciplinary environment
· to have the abilities to finish the PhD thesis in four years; i.e. good skills in planning, taking initiatives, academic writing.

For more information, please contact:
dr. Marjo Buitelaar: m.w.buitelaar@rug.nl
(please do not use for applications)

BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY — FELLOWSHIP

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies is offering one-year fellowships to outstanding scholars of Middle East politics, economics, history, religion, or social developments for the 2015-2016 academic year. This fellowship can be either a post-doctoral position for new PhDs or a research fellowship for assistant professors during a year off from teaching. It would allow junior scholars the flexibility and means to advance a specific research project related to the contemporary Middle East. About the Crown Center: The Crown Center’s research interests encompass the twenty-two members of the Arab League, stretching from Morocco to Iraq, as well as Israel, Turkey, and Iran. The Center’s research focus extends well beyond Arab-Israeli tensions to include Middle East politics and history, Islamic studies, economic and social developments, and regional security and arms control. Eligibility The 2015-2016 junior research fellowship is open to both recent PhDs (as a post-doctoral position) and assistant professors in Middle East related fields. PhD must be completed by September 1, 2015. Terms This fellowship is a one-year appointment beginning September 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016. The stipend for these 10 months will be $45,000. In addition, funding is available for research, travel, and related expenses. Fringe benefits will be available during the appointment period. For more information: https://www.brandeis.edu/crown/search/index.html or email crowncenter@brandeis.edu.

 

Via SOCIOLOGY OF ISLAM LISTSERV on March 19, 2014:

The University of the South invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Arabic language and culture to begin August 2014. Continue reading

Via SOCIOLOGY OF ISLAM LISTSERV on February 24, 2014:

We are pleased to announce the first Ethnographic Film and Media Program of the Middle East and Central Eurasia, which will be held annually in conjunction with the Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA). Continue reading