Assistant Professor - Historian of Early Islam until 1250

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in the History of the Middle East in the Early Islamic Period until the Mongols (i.e., until circa 1258 C.E.) with an expected start date of July 1, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful candidate should have a demonstrated ability and/or potential to carry out original independent research and publication on the social, political, and economic history of early Muslim/Islamic societies; be able to teach a wide range of courses from surveys to advanced seminars; be able to supervise theses and, in time, Ph.D. dissertations; and have a strong command of classical Arabic. Knowledge of an additional relevant language desirable.

Candidates must have completed all requirements for receipt of a Ph.D. in a field related to the search prior to the start of the appointment.

Application Instructions
To apply for this position, candidates must submit their application through the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruitment site at
The application must include:

  • a cover letter,
  • cv,
  • a published article or a dissertation chapter,
  • a research statement,
  • and three letters of recommendation.

All materials from the applicant must be received by 11pm central time on November 1, 2021. Letters of recommendation must arrive by November 15, 2021. Only complete applications can be considered.

For information on the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, please go to For further questions about this position, please contact Amanda Young, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations,

This position is contingent on final budgetary approval.

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