Postdoc-Position In Pre-Modern Islamic Thought | Institut Supérieur De Philosophie – UCLouvain

Країна: Бельгія;

Місто: Louvain-La-Neuve

Додана: 20.03.2019


Тип: PostDoc vacancy;

Дедлайн подачі: 30.04.2019


Postdoc position (24 months) 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 Qasidat 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 this tradition of commentaries; and (2) to document the attitude towards Avicenna’s legacy, and falsafa in general, in Islamic society

(1) Edition and analysis of the commentaries by Baḥrānī (d. 672/1274); ‘Afīf al-Dīn Tilimsanī (d. 690/1291); Qayṣarī (d. 751/1350)
(2) Comparative analysis of the commentaries by Dāʼūd al-Anṭākī (d. 1599) and ʻAbd al-Raʼūf al-Munāwī (d. 1621)
(3) General analysis of the commentary tradition on the Qaṣīdat al-nafs

The postdoc researcher will be responsible for sub-project 2 (commentaries by Anṭākī and Munāwī) and participate in the other sub-projects. The successful applicant is also expected to participate in the intellectual life of the Institut supérieur de philosophie and to spend part of her/his time to pursue her/his own intellectual interests and to work creatively to produce new exciting research.



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

 The position is available as soon as possible after March 1, 2019 (July 1, 2019 at the latest), for a period of 12 months, renewable once (= 24 months). Candidates interested to apply for a shorter period are invited to mention it in their cover letter. The same applies for candidates who are willing to start later than July 1, 2019. Candidates who are about to complete their PhD can apply but the PhD must be in hand at the start of the employment.

Please send your application (letter of motivation, CV, names and contact info of 2 academic referees, and a sample of your writing) to

For enquiries, contact Cécile Bonmariage.

Review of the applications will start on March 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.


Offer Requirements


    Philosophy: PhD or equivalent

    History: PhD or equivalent

    Other: PhD or equivalent


    ARABIC: Excellent

    ENGLISH: Excellent


PhD in 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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