Professorship in Modern Arab and Islamic Studies Aarhus University, School of Culture and Society, Department of the Study of Religion Denmark

Professorship in Modern Arab and Islamic Studies 938406


The School of Culture and Society, Department of the Study of Religion, Aarhus University, invites applications for a permanent professorship within the field of Arab and Islamic Studies. The position is available from 1 August 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Place of employment: Jens Chr. Schous Vej 3-7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

The position

The professorship is offered with a view to attracting a particularly talented person who is expected to play a key role in the continued creation of innovative, internationally recognised research within the field of Arab and Islamic Studies. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to and further develop core activities at Aarhus University in general and within Arab and Islamic Studies in particular in the following areas: research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange. The professor will also be expected to provide academic leadership relating to research, education and academic development, as well as contributing actively to the further development of the department, both nationally and internationally.


We are looking for a professor with documented and extensive research experience within the field of Islam, with a special focus on modern Islam in both Western and Arab contexts, on globalisation and transnationalism, and on topics including reactions to modernity, new religious movements, terrorism and religion in politics. A focus on Sufism would be particularly welcome. While based within the Islamic Cultures and Societies Research Unit (ICSRU), the successful applicant will also be expected to develop activities at the broader departmental level, which will include interdisciplinary cooperation with the study of religion, anthropology and political science. 


Applicants should be prepared to teach and contribute to developing courses, learning and supervision on Islam at all levels of the department’s degree programmes in Arab and Islamic Studies (BA, MA and PhD), and will be expected to have extensive teaching experience at university level. Applicants must also be able to collaborate on teaching in connection with other degree programmes offered by the School of Culture and Society.

Talent development

The successful applicant is expected to be able to identify the development potential of junior researchers and to contribute to the talent development and supervision of PhD students, and to teaching and developing PhD courses.

Knowledge exchange

It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange as mentioned in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts, for instance in research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society actors or the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange. 

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Jørn Borup, email 


Applicants are expected to formulate a vision for the contribution of their research to the wider field of the study of religion. Applicants must be able to document:

-    Thorough knowledge of Arabic and Islam
-    Thorough knowledge of Islam in Western and transnational contexts
-    Academic publications at the highest international level including research innovation in the field of Arab and Islamic Studies
-    Experience of active participation in international research collaboration
-    Experience of research organisation, including the obtaining and administration of external funding in the field of Arab and Islamic Studies
-    Strong teaching competences and experience of supervising at all levels
-    Commitment to teaching development, supervision of student projects, talent development, research management, and the development of PhD courses.

Applicants must be able to teach in English at university level. Knowledge of Danish would be an advantage; and if the successful applicant is not fluent in Danish, he or she will be expected to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years. 

The application must be written in English. 

For more information about the application and the employment procedure, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, e-mail

Research environment

The Islamic Cultures and Societies Research Unit (ICSRU) is a trans-disciplinary research unit for those who are interested in Islamic cultures and societies, both in the Islamic world and transregionally. This means that the ICSRU also covers Islam and Muslims in the West, notably Europe and Denmark.

The ICSRU is part of the Department of the Study of Religion, which covers all major religions and phenomena essential to the study of religion, both past and present. The department places emphasis on research of a high international standard, including interdisciplinary collaboration, participation in collective research projects and the attraction of external research funding. 

The professor will be part of a strong international research environment at the department and will be expected to contribute to ongoing research activities through participation in meetings, seminars, etc., and to stimulate the development of new research projects at all levels within the field of the study of religion.

The School of Culture and Society

At the School of Culture and Society the object of research and teaching is the interplay between culture and society in time and space:

- From the traditional disciplines of the humanities and theology to applied social research
- From Antiquity to the issues facing contemporary societies
- From familiar Danish cultural forms to other very different worlds
- From local questions to global challenges

The school’s goal is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering teaching and talent development of high quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with society, both in Denmark and abroad, and contributes to social innovation, research communication and further and continuing education.

For a more detailed description of the school, please see


All applications must be made online and received by:

November 24, 2017.


Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.


  • Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).

  • Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

  • Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities .

  • Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in Applicant Guidelines.

  • The application must outline the applicant's motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, a complete list of published works, copies of degree certificates and no more than eight examples of academic production. Please upload this material electronically along with your application.


In the absence of any statement to the contrary, applications must be submitted in English.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.



All applications must be made online and received by:


Please apply online here 

Faculty of Arts


The Faculty of Arts is one of four main academic areas at Aarhus University.


The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.


With its 500 academic staff members, 260 PhD students, 10,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.


The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society, the Danish School of Education, and the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.

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