PhD position (m/f/d, E 13 TV-L, 65%) on the Qur‘an and Christian Arabic Poetry 

Faculty of Protestant Theology, Department of Religious Studies (Jewish Studies)

Bewerbungsfrist : 31.12.2020

The Department of Religious Studies (Jewish Studies) offers a 

PhD position (m/f/d, E 13 TV-L, 65%) on the Qur‘an and Christian Arabic Poetry 

preferably starting in April 2021. The fixed-term contract will be for 4 years. The position is part of the ERC project “The Qur’an as a Source for Late Antiquity (QaSLA)”. 

The research project is funded by the European Research Council and directed by Prof. Dr. Holger Zellentin, at the University of Tübingen (Germany). QaSLA analyses the affinity between the Qur’an and known forms of Judaism and Christianity surrounding Arabia in order to sketch the religious landscape of the Arabian Peninsula at the turn of the seventh century C.E. Further details on the project can be found under https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/199075.

In this framework, we are offering one four-year doctoral position on the Qur’an and Arabic Christian Poetry. The successful candidate will participate in all academic aspects of the project and is expected to complete a PhD focused on the subject matter and collaborate in the preparation of the project’s other publications (both in English), as well as acting as a source of information and advice to other members of the project. 

Holding a Master’s qualification (M.A./MPhil or equivalent), the successful candidate will possess a very good command of classical and Qur’anic Arabic and detailed knowledge of the classical Arabic literary tradition. In addition, the candidate should have good writing skills, and knowledge of the discipline of Qur’anic Studies. They should be willing to acquire expertise in working with late antique Jewish and Christian primary sources relevant to the study of the Qur’an. Additional familiarity with relevant classical languages and with modern research languages, as well as knowledge of Arabic-language scholarship, would be welcome; alternatively, some relevant courses are on offer in Tübingen.

The QaSLA team will be constituted of five research positions; two further position - for the Qur’an and Aramaic and Ethiopic Christianity, respectively – are advertised separately. QaSLA is hosted by the Department of Religious Studies (Jewish Studies), which is part of the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Tübingen and will involve close collaboration with other Tübingen Institutes, as well as with an international network of scholars. The University of Tübingen offers a vibrant scholarly community with local expertise in Jewish, Christian and Islamic studies located in the fields of history, religious studies, as well as Catholic, Protestant and Islamic theology. 

We are building an international and diverse team of scholars. In addition to the key requirements laid out above, we are looking for team players that are eager to learn from others and contribute to an ongoing mutual exchange of research findings by all team members. The university seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women to apply for these positions. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference. 

Interested applicants are asked to submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter briefly detailing their suggested contribution to the project (max. 800 words);
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • copies of two writing samples; 
  • two recommendation letters (to be submitted directly).

All materials should be submitted to sekretariat.judaicumspam prevention@ev-theologie.uni-tuebingen.de. The deadline is December 31, 2020 (midnight, CET). We are looking to hold interviews (most likely to be held remotely) towards the end of January 2021. The preferred starting date for the project is April 2021 (with room for flexibility due to the current health situation). Please feel free to contact us with any relevant questions you may have, or to request a copy of the full project description.

The employment will be carried out by the central administration of the University of Tübingen.

Salary will be commensurate with university scale E 13 TV-L which, in the year 2020 and at 65%, ranges from EUR 32,442 to EUR 47,000 per annum, depending on experience.