Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institute for Islamic Theology
Junior Professorship for ‘Comparative Theology in an Islamic Perspective’
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Please visit our website www.hu-berlin.de/stellenangebote, which gives you access to the legally binding German version.