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The School of Law and Government at Dublin City University invites applications for its four-year fully funded PhD programme, starting in September 2024. Outstanding PhD candidates will be offered fee waiver and a tax-free scholarship of €22,000 per annum for four years. All applicants (including international applicants) will be automatically considered for funded studentships.

The PhD candidate will work on a research project titled Islamist movements in exile. This assesses the evolution of activism of moderate Islamist social movements in exile in Europe since the so-called “Arab Spring”. Following the 2010-11 MENA uprisings, Islamists fell victim to renewed regime repression in many countries and were forced to flee, with high numbers relocating to Turkey, Malaysia, the US, and Europe. Since then, Islamists have worked to rebuilding unity under exile while also trying to settle into their new reality in host societies. This led to the creation of new Islamist diasporas and pressure groups whose impact on European political landscapes and societies has only started to be researched. Significantly, the dimension of forced exile is leading many Islamists to question their pre-held beliefs and belonging, resulting in challenges against established hierarchies, values, and practices. These processes have started to generate internal change, which is likely to considerably reshape Islamist movements, their activism, political mobilization, identity, value system, and engagement with host societies. However, despite their growing presence within European contexts, Islamist diasporic movements remain largely understudied.

Priority will be given to projects that propose to investigate aspects of the above noted dynamics to moderate Islamist movements in European countries such as Ireland, the UK, Italy, France, Belgium, and Turkey; that apply or include a gender dimension; that adopt a comparative approach either between host countries or between host and home country. Candidates whose interest is on MENA Islamist social movements in exile in Southeast Asia are also encouraged to apply.

The School of Law and Government

The School of Law and Government is a research active school with world-class faculty willing to supervise PhD students on topics in their areas of research DCU regularly ranks among the top “100 under 50” universities as per Times Higher Education and hosts various research centres. The School is committed to embedding a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion, and to that end welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. 

How to apply

Applications should be sent to: by 17:00 GMT on 7 May, and consist of 1) a full CV with contact details for 2 referees, 2) the grades/full transcripts achieved in Masters degree with copies of transcripts, 3) a research proposal (c. 2-3,000 words). Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview in May. Successful candidates will then be required to apply formally to be admitted as PhD students; may also need to show proficiency in the English language; will begin their studies in September 2024 and will be expected to be resident in Dublin for the duration of the programme.

Prospective applicants may make informal contact with the supervisory panel Dr Erika Biagini ( and Dr Paola Rivetti ( in advance of an application.

You can find additional information about doing a PhD in DCU at the faculty page:


Call for Papers – Special Issue: “Constructing the ‘European Muslim Crisis’: Discourse, Policy, and Everyday Realities”

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to announce a call for papers for a special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444) titled “Constructing the ‘European Muslim Crisis’: Discourse, Policy, and Everyday Realities.” This special issue aims to explore various perspectives on the governance of religion and the formation of Muslim identity within European societies.

We invite scholarly articles that investigate how Muslims in Europe navigate their religious identities and practices amidst varying national models of secularism, church-state relations, and multiculturalism. Potential topics include:

1. The framing of the ‘Muslim question’ as a ‘crisis’ in European discourse and its consequences
2. Muslim community responses to the secular governance of Islam in Europe
3. The role of Muslim organisations and leaders in shaping religious authority and identity
4. Gender dynamics in Europe’s debates about Islam and multiculturalism
5. The intersection of Muslim identity with race, ethnicity, and migration experiences
6. The impact of Islamophobia and securitization on Muslim identity
7. Debates surrounding halal practices, hijab attire, and mosque construction
8. The interplay between transnational and local influences on European Muslim identity formation

We welcome contributions from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and methodological approaches. Interested authors should submit a proposed title and a 200–300 word abstract to the guest editors ( or the Religions editorial office ( for initial review. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review.

The deadline for manuscript submissions is 30 June 2024. For more information, please visit the special issue website: [].

We look forward to your contributions to this important discourse.

Best regards,
Prof. Dr. Tahir Abbas
Dr. Richard McNeil-Willson
Dr. Lianne Vostermans
Guest Editors



I am seeking paper submissions for two open panels at the next conference of the Italian Society for Middle East Studies SeSaMO (3-5 October, University of Cagliari, Sardinia).
Please consider submitting a paper (to by May the 7th.
Panel 31: Iran after Woman Life Freedom: Domestic and international politics – here and attached
Panel 32:  Rethinking authoritarianism: Transnational geographies between the region and the world – here and attached
More details re the conference:
I would also be grateful if you could circulate this email. Thanks.


Position Overview

The Department of African & African-American Studies (AAAS), in collaboration with the Kansas African Studies Center (KASC) at the University of Kansas (KU), seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor with specialty in Islamic Studies in Africa to build upon our: 1) long-standing research expertise at the intersection of Islamic Studies and African Studies,  2) commitment toward quality undergraduate and graduate teaching and training in African Studies, including the Arabic and Islamic Studies concentration of the AAAS major, and 3) support for sustainable connections with African and US Great Plains communities. The successful candidate will conduct research and train students in the study of Islamic culture and societies from the African standpoint. The search committee actively encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education.

The candidate’s home department will be African & African-American Studies, but close collaboration with the Kansas African Studies Center and participation in that Center’s activities are expected. KASC is a Title VI National Resource Center for African Studies with over 30 core faculty members and 70 affiliated faculty and staff across the Lawrence campus. As with all faculty members of the department, the successful candidate will become a member of KASC.  The candidate will be expected to be an active participant in the intellectual and pedagogical life of the department and to provide service to the department, KASC, the University, and the profession. The potential start date of this position is August 18, 2024.

The University of Kansas is a Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive university with a $ 1.4 billion endowment and a faculty of 2,600. Current enrollment is 28,500 (19,000 undergraduate), with students drawn from 110 nations and all 50 states; 20.6% of KU students are members of minority groups. The 1 ,000-acre main campus is in Lawrence, a community of 95,000 in hilly northeast Kansas that lies about 35 miles west of Kansas City. Lawrence has a lively downtown and a thriving arts and music scene, and its local government has enacted ordinances supporting equality for all members of its population. Lawrence also offers numerous sports and recreational opportunities, local shops, and a wide range of good restaurants.

The University of Kansas values candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically under-represented minorities.  Diversity, equity inclusion, and belonging are an important part of our culture and university strategic plan.  Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged, noting the value that differences bring to our organization, students, staff, faculty, and community.  The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

Job Description

Research (40%):
The successful candidate will conduct research related to Islamic Studies in Africa and other areas of expertise that complement current strengths in the department. All faculty members are expected to develop and maintain an active and productive research program beyond the level of the Ph.D. dissertation.

Teaching (40%):
The successful candidate is expected to: 1) teach 4 courses to undergraduate and graduate students per academic year in the African & African-American Studies department; courses may be cross-listed or cross-referenced with other departments; 2) develop curricular programs (e.g. courses) related to Islamic Studies in Africa and related fields; and 3) advise undergraduate and graduate students.

Service (20%):
All faculty members are expected to participate in appropriate professional and departmental activities, such as attending program meetings, carrying out program committee assignments, attending national meetings or conferences, and refereeing or reviewing manuscripts for research journals and grant proposals. Service to the College and University is also expected, and to the greater profession at large.

Faculty Code:
All faculty members are expected to comply fully with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, currently viewable at  

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in African Studies or a related humanities field, or related discipline by the start date of the appointment.

  • Demonstrated experience to develop and teach courses effectively in African Studies and Islamic Studies in Africa.

  • Demonstrated ability to engage in scholarship, and/or the creative arts related to African Studies and Islamic Studies in Africa.

  • Demonstrated willingness to engage in collegial and professional service.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of an African language taught in AAAS and associated with KASC.


Associate Professor of Theology

Fordham University

Adjunct Instructor

Fordham University: Office of the Provost: Arts & Science: Middle East Studies

Location: Lincoln Center Campus

Dates: January 22 – May 18, 2024

Time: Monday, 6:00 – 8:45 pm

Description: The Middle East Studies Program seeking an adjunct instructor to teach one section of a course entitled “Palestine-Israel Conflict,” beginning immediately. This course examines the issues, events, and personalities that shaped dynamics between Jews and Palestinians from 19th-century nationalism to the present. Topics include land and its symbolism, religious identity, political aspirations and frustrations, the origins and consequences of wars, as well as regional and global interplay. Part-time NTT instructors at Fordham are represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and certain terms of employment, including minimum per course rates and details concerning benefits, are set by the Adjunct Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement. For further information, please visit the following website: Information for Adjunct Faculty.

Qualifications: PhD in relevant academic field preferred, or substantial professional experience related to the course topic. University teaching experience required.

To apply, please send CV and brief cover letter to Dr. Sarah Lockhart at