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The Helal, Hisham and Laila Edris ElSwedey University Chair in Islamic Studies

Xavier University invites nominations and applications for the Helal, Hisham and Laila Edris ElSwedey University Chair in Islamic Studies beginning August 2010. The successful candidate will be able to teach broadly in Islamic culture, be acquainted with the critical study of both early and modern Islam, and  be able to help the University explore and engage in interfaith and intercultural dialogue. The disciplinary area of specialization is open, for example, history, theology, philosophy, economics or political science, but expertise in and engagement with the Sunni tradition, both historical and contemporary, is expected. The ideal candidate would be able to teach in more than one disciplinary area and be encouraged to develop interdisciplinary courses. In addition to teaching and scholarship, the Chair will work with existing departments and centers at Xavier to develop Islamic studies through conferences, speakers series and other programming.

In addition, the successful candidate is expected to help develop and enrich Xavier’s relationship with the Muslim community in Cincinnati, in particular, with the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati ( Please indicate any past experience working with an Islamic Center or evidence of engagement with local  Muslim communities beyond that of a university or college. The leadership of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati will have input into the selection process.

The candidates may be either an Associate or Full Professor with a corresponding record of distinguished scholarship and excellence in teaching. All candidates must possess the following required qualifications: Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Islamic Studies, scholarly expertise in Arabic, critical knowledge of historical and contemporary texts, including the Qur’an and other foundational texts of the Islamic tradition and expertise in the Sunni tradition. Teaching load is negotiable. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with rank.

Xavier is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Xavier values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and especially welcomes applications from women and underrepresented minority scholars.  Xavier University is a Jesuit Catholic institution, committed to excellence in teaching, high quality scholarly activity, and creative and intelligent engagement with questions of interfaith dialogue, peace and justice. 

Applicants will send an application letter, c.v., at least two representative scholarly publications, evidence of teaching excellence, and the names and contact information of at least three references to Dr. Roger Fortin, Provost and Academic Vice President, Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-4541. Electronic applications will be accepted. Please send to To ensure consideration the deadline for applications is February 5, 2010.