Faculty Openings

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Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professorship in Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society in Southeast Asia

November 2014

Harvard University’s Faculty of Divinity seeks to make a full-time, tenured appointment to the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Chair in Contemporary Islam. We seek a scholar whose work engages the social, intellectual, political, artistic, economic, or any other aspect of contemporary Islamic life with specialization in Southeast Asia. The candidate should demonstrate a deep understanding of the historical, social, and cultural contexts of Islamic institutions, movements, and ideas in Southeast Asia with emphasis on the 18th-century to the present. The candidate should be also conversant with the broader, global history of Islamic religion and culture.

Applicants should be competent in the appropriate research languages and be able to teach and advise at the doctoral and master's levels. Applicants should also be able to contribute to the Divinity School's degree programs, including its multi-religious Master of Divinity program, and be familiar with forms of analysis that address race, gender, and social location. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in the intellectual life of the Divinity School. The candidate will also teach undergraduates and doctoral students in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity, affirmative-action employer and encourages applications from and nominations of women and/or ethnic minority candidates.

Letters of nomination should be sent to: Islamic Search Committee, c/o Matthew B. Turner, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138, or via email to: mturner@hds.harvard.edu. A letter of application and current curriculum vitae are required of all candidates. Preference is given to online applications made at: http://academicpositions.harvard.edu. Applications may also be submitted via postal or electronic mail to the addresses above. Review of applications will begin in December and continue throughout February 2015.

HDS Voices

Kevin J. Madigan


One of my primary pedagogical goals is to inspire and instill in students a deep sense of historical consciousness. What I mean concretely by that in the context of my courses is that I intentionally like to present them with texts, phenomena, practices . . . from the ancient and medieval church . . . to show them how very different medieval Christianity is from modern American Catholicism or liberal Protestantism.
Kevin J. Madigan, Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History

'Christian History, No Longer Ignored'