Muslim Scholar

The Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (www.icjs.org) seeks a full-time Muslim Scholar. The ICJS is an independent, academic research and educational non-profit devoted to the dual tasks of confronting religious bigotry and establishing models of interreligious engagement. Founded as the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies in 1987, the ICJS incorporated Muslim communities and the study of Islam in 2014. The ICJS is looking for a dynamic scholar and educator who will develop and implement educational programs for non-traditional adult learners and pursue an active research agenda, while simultaneously working in partnership with colleagues and organizational leadership to further integrate Muslim traditions and communities within ICJS. By shaping a new relationship among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Baltimore area, the ICJS addresses the contemporary challenges of religious pluralism in scholarship, teaching, and outreach. Our mission is to build learning communities where religious difference becomes a powerful force for good.

The Muslim Scholar will be the ICJS’ key point of contact with Baltimore’s ethnically and socioeconomically diverse Muslim communities (African American, South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Southeast Asian). S/he will also serve as a dialogue partner with Baltimore’s Jewish and Christian religious communities. We seek a candidate with a demonstrated commitment to interreligious dialogue, preferably a strong record of interfaith work and competence in the field of Interreligious Studies. While the candidate should have interest and experience in the dialogue among all the Abrahamic traditions, a focused commitment to Jewish-Muslim and/or Christian-Muslim conversations is strongly encouraged.

The ideal candidate will:
• Enjoy teaching non-traditional learners (clergy, teachers, community activists, seminarians, and emerging religious leaders) and developing innovative pedagogy and educational programming for these communities
• Be able to teach and navigate sacred texts and traditions from Islam and keen to engage Jewish and Christian sources
• Be comfortable speaking publicly about their own religious identity/ies, commitments, and community/ies
• Enjoy thinking through the theoretical implications of interreligious work
• Enjoy teaching and writing collaboratively
• Be committed to developing sustained relationships in a variety of communities and institutions
• Pursue academic scholarship while demonstrating a talent for the transmission of scholarship to a broad range of constituencies
• Be eager to expand the ICJS’ network of relationships with the Baltimore-area Muslim communities
• Be experienced and comfortable working with and among diverse Muslim communities and spaces
• Demonstrate versatility and adaptability in supporting the ICJS as it works to fully include Islam and Muslims in its program offerings, connected communities, and conversation partners

A Ph.D. or comparable degree relevant field is expected at the time of appointment. Please send letter of introduction, CV, writing sample, teaching statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, three letters of recommendation, and graduate transcript to: talent@icjs.org (e-mail applications are required). For other inquiries, contact Camille Mazelev, Director of Operations: mazelev@icjs.org.

Please submit all materials by November 26, 2018. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Skype.

The Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies is an equal opportunity employer.

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