06/09/2019
The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

Two Postdoctoral positions for the project "Avicenna East & West I: Commentaries on the Qaṣīdat al-nafs” (FRS-FNRS; UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    HistoryHistory of philosophy
    Other
    PhilosophyOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    01/10/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Louvain-la-Neuve
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/01/2020

2 Postdoctoral positions (9 and 12 months respectively) for the project “Avicenna East & West I: Commentaries on the Qaṣīdat al-nafs” (FRS-FNRS; UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

Project description

The aim of this project on the commentaries on the Qaṣīdat al-nafs attributed to Avicenna is twofold: (1) to provide a better understanding of how Avicenna’s theory on the soul was received, interpreted and transformed in the Muslim East ; and (2) to document the attitude towards Avicenna’s legacy, and falsafa in general, in Islamic society.

The corpus chosen offers a particularly fruitful basis for such an inquiry: the poem is rather short and not technical (allowing a large diffusion in a non-philosophical milieu), while raising important questions about the congruence of some of the ideas it conveys with what we know to be Avicenna’s teaching.

Sub-projects

(1) Edition and analysis of the commentaries by ʿAlī b. Sulaymān al-Baḥrānī (m. 672/1274), ʿAfīf al-Dīn al-Tilimsanī (610-690/1213-1291), Dāʾūd al-Qayṣarī (m. 751/1350)

(2) Comparative analysis of the commentaries by Dāʾūd al-Anṭākī (d. 1599) and ʿAbd al-Raʾūf al-Munāwī (d. 1621)

(3) General analysis of the commentary tradition on the Qaṣīdat al-nafs, exploring the various contexts and aims of these texts, the precise nature of the questions raised, and the types of arguments and references used in the debates emerging in the interpretation of the poem or between commentators.

The postdoctoral researchers will be responsible for sub-project 2 (commentaries by Anṭākī and Munāwī) and participate in the other sub-projects. They are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the Institut supérieur de philosophie (ISP) and of the Institut orientaliste (INCAL/CIOL) at UCLouvain, and to spend part of her/his time to pursue her/his own intellectual interests and to work creatively to produce new exciting research.

Profile

PhD in Islamic studies, philosophy, history or another research area relevant for the research project; excellent knowledge of Arabic and proven expertise in the intellectual history of relevant periods. Candidates with experience in editing texts and/or the study of commentary traditions are particularly welcome. The capacity to teach portions of a BA course on pre-modern Islamic philsophy is a plus.

Starting date

These two positions are available as soon as possible after Jan. 1, 2020 for a period of respectively 9 and 12 months. There is some flexibility in the starting date and in the duration of these positions. Candidates interested to apply for a shorter period or willing to discuss the starting date are invited to mention it in their cover letter. Candidates who are about to complete their PhD can apply but the PhD must be in hand at the start of the employment.

Working location: Institut supérieur de philosophie, UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)

Apply

Please send your application (letter of motivation, CV, names and contact information of two academic referees, and a sample of your writing) to the email address mentioned in "Where to apply".

Review of applications will start on Oct. 1, 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled.

Eligibility criteria

This position is funded by the Fonds de la Recherche scientifique, Belgium (FRS-FNRS), and is only available for candidates who hold a PhD for no more than 6 years at the time of appointment, and who were not resident of Belgium for more than 24 months in the three years immediately before the appointment. This position is not eligible for relocation assistance. Some funding for travel for research is available.

Selection process

Review of applications will start on Oct. 1, 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled.

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Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Other: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ARABIC: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

PhD in Islamic studies, philosophy, history or another research area relevant for the research project; excellent knowledge of Arabic and proven expertise in the intellectual history of relevant periods. Candidates with experience in editing texts and/or the study of commentary traditions are particularly welcome. The capacity to teach portions of a BA course on pre-modern Islamic philosophy is a plus.

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Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain)
Belgium
Louvain-la-Neuve
1348
Place de l'Université, 1

EURAXESS offer ID: 443735

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