Image from IstanbulPosition: Assistant Professor (Tenure Stream) – ISLAM AND MODERNITY

The University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure stream position in Islam and Modernity, located jointly in the Department for the Study of Religion (60%) and the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (40%). The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2016.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Religion, Middle Eastern Studies, or an appropriate disciplinary area, by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, must have a high level of scholarly achievement in Islamic Studies, must be competent in Arabic and in classical sources, and must have competence in the academic study of religion. The successful candidate will have expertise in the primary sources of Islam, and its history. To complement existing strengths in Qur’an and Tafsir, Mediaeval Islam, Modern Middle Eastern history, and the anthropology of Islam, the successful candidate will specialize in the study of Islam in relation to modernity, globalization, and/or secularism.

Her or his research will address the practices and politics of Islam as well as Muslim societies’ interactions with non-Islamic polities and cultures. Candidates must have a record of excellence in research as demonstrated through letters of reference and the research dossier, and they are expected to conduct innovative research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding research program in the area of Islam and Modernity. Evidence of excellence in teaching and a clear commitment to ongoing teaching development are also required as demonstrated through the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in both departments on the St. George (downtown) campus in his or her area and will be expected to conduct research in her/his area of specialization.

To be considered for this position, all application materials must be submitted online by clicking on the link below.

Applicants should submit:

  • A cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae, combined in a file labelled “cover letter and CV.pdf”
  • A research dossier containing a statement outlining current and future research interests and a sample of academic writing (about 25 pages), combined in a file
  • A teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy and teaching evaluations) in a file labelled “teaching.pdf”

Submission guidelines can be found at: Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly by email (on letterhead, signed and scanned) to Professor James DiCenso, Acting Chair, Department for the Study of Religion, via e-mail to by the closing date. The subject line for reference letters should say Reference Letter- Islam and Modernity. To receive full consideration, applications and materials must be received by November 1, 2015. Inquiries can be directed to Professor James DiCenso, at

For information about the Department of Religion please go to For information about the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations please go to

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.