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Hum­boldt-Uni­versität zu Ber­lin - Insti­tute for Islamic Theo­logy

Junior Pro­fess­or­ship for ‘Com­par­at­ive Theo­logy in an Islamic Per­spect­ive’

Work­ing field:

The suc­cess­ful applic­ant will be will­ing and able to develop and pro­mote com­par­at­ive theo­logy in an Islamic per­spect­ive both con­cep­tu­ally and through exem­plary stud­ies on the basis of gen­eral exper­i­ence of com­par­at­ive research and a sound know­ledge of Muslim reli­gi­os­ity and theo­logy, as well as other reli­gions. The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate will con­duct research in a cross-cul­tural per­spect­ive, espe­cially with respect to Juda­ism, Chris­tian­ity and Islam, as well as com­par­at­ive stud­ies con­cern­ing doc­trine and/or reli­gious prac­tice. He or she will eval­u­ate and fur­ther develop theo­lo­gical doc­trines and reli­gious norms from an Islamic per­spect­ive in a his­tori­co­crit­ical man­ner and with regard to the rela­tion­ship between reli­gions in the past and present. In this con­text, the legit­im­acy, func­tion and self-per­cep­tion of reli­gious author­it­ies and reli­gious experts will also be taken into account.


A rel­ev­ant doc­tor­ate, at least one dis­ser­ta­tion or other import­ant treat­ises tak­ing com­par­at­ive approaches are a require­ment, as well as know­ledge of com­par­at­ive reli­gious texts from the past and present or in one of the Islamic theo­lo­gical dis­cip­lines (such as Tafsīr, Kalām, Fiqh or sim­ilar, or reli­gious edu­ca­tion stud­ies) with a com­par­at­ive research per­spect­ive. The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate is expec­ted to be famil­iar with com­par­at­ive approaches of related denom­in­a­tion­ally neut­ral sub­jects (for example, his­tory, reli­gious stud­ies and the philo­sophy of reli­gion). Excel­lent know­ledge of Clas­sical Arabic is also expec­ted. Famili­ar­ity with a lan­guage rel­ev­ant to research on Juda­ism and Chris­tian­ity (such as Hebrew, Syr­iac, Greek or Latin) is desir­able. A will­ing­ness to cooper­ate with related sub­jects, espe­cially at the Fac­ulty of Theo­logy, the Depart­ment of Philo­sophy and the Insti­tute for Cath­olic Theo­logy at Hum­boldt-Uni­versität, as well as with other Ber­lin research insti­tu­tions, such as the Ber­lin-Branden­burg Cen­ter for Jew­ish Stud­ies, Abra­ham Gei­ger Col­lege, the School of Jew­ish Theo­logy (Uni­versity of Pots­dam) and the Cor­pus Cor­an­icum research pro­ject of the Ber­lin-Branden­burg Academy of Sci­ences and Human­it­ies, is also a require­ment.
With respect to teach­ing, the suc­cess­ful can­did­ate is expec­ted to sup­port the estab­lish­ment of under­gradu­ate Bach­elor’s pro­grammes, Mas­ter’s pro­grammes in Islamic Theo­logy and Islam and Soci­ety, as well as doc­toral pro­grammes.

Applic­ants must meet the legal require­ments for pro­fess­or­ial appoint­ments in con­junc­tion with § 102c com­bined with § 102a of the ‘Ber­liner Hoch­schul­ge­setz’.

What we of­fer:

This is a ten­ure track pos­i­tion. In order to verify whether the indi­vidual per­form­ance meets the require­ments of a per­man­ent employ­ment, an eval­u­ation pro­cess will be opened not later than five years of ser­vice. Ten­ure track pro­fess­ors at the HU Ber­lin are expec­ted to carry out research and teach, as well as be act­ive on vari­ous uni­versity com­mit­tees and acquire lead­er­ship and man­age­ment skills. The con­crete require­ments out of the frame­work cata­logue
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How to ap­ply:

The applic­ant must enclose a concept detail­ing the form they envis­age the junior pro­fess­or­ship to take as well as his or her inten­ded approach to com­par­at­ive theo­logy.

HU is seek­ing to increase the pro­por­tion of women in research and teach­ing, and spe­cific­ally encour­ages qual­i­fied female schol­ars to apply. Research­ers from abroad are wel­come to apply. Severely dis­abled applic­ants with equi­val­ent qual­i­fic­a­tions will be given pref­er­en­tial con­sid­er­a­tion. People with an immig­ra­tion back­ground are spe­cific­ally encour­aged to apply.

Please send your applic­a­tion by 24.07.2020 to Hum­boldt-Uni­versität zu Ber­lin, Dir­ector of the Ber­lin Insti­tute for Islamic Theo­logy, Prof. Dr. Michael Bor­golte, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Ber­lin, Ger­many, or in elec­tronic form to Please also quote the ref­er­ence num­ber JP/004/20 in all cor­res­pond­ence. Your applic­a­tion must include a cur­riculum vitae, cop­ies of cer­ti­fic­ates and doc­u­ments, a detailed descrip­tion of your teach­ing exper­i­ence and cur­rent and future research pro­jects, as well as a list of pub­lic­a­tions with up to five selec­ted reprints of more recent works. Since we will not return your doc­u­ments, please sub­mit cop­ies with your applic­a­tion only.
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