The Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (www.icjs.org) seeks a full-time experienced 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 Baltimore, the ICJS addresses the 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 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, civic and nonprofit leaders, 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
*Be interested in, and conversant with, diverse American Muslim cultures and experiences
*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 in Muslim congregations and communities
*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 is expected at the time of appointment. Candidates should send a complete dossier (including letter of introduction, CV, writing sample, teaching statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, three letters of recommendation, and a graduate transcript) to: firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail applications are required). For other inquiries, contact Matthew Taylor, ICJS Protestant Scholar, email@example.com.
To ensure full consideration, submit all materials by Friday November 1, 2019. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at AAR in San Diego or via video calls.