While the study of Islamic law in the early modern Ottoman Empire has long been an important avenue of scholarly investigation, the field has gained a new dynamism in recent years with the publication of several studies that combine the perspectives of legal, religious and more broadly, intellectual history with those of social and political history. These studies have made it clear that both the interpretation and the practice of Islamic law in the Ottoman lands underwent some significant transformations in the early modern period.
It has also become evident that these transformations in legal thought and practice were closely related to the processes of state-building, territorialization and confession-building in the same period.
However, it still remains to be examined in what ways confessional polarization and the crystallization of confessional boundaries between Muslims, Jews and Christians of various denominations impacted and were impacted by the various developments in legal theory and practice in the Ottoman Empire between the late fifteenth and eighteenth centuries.
Duties and responsibilities:
The candidate is supposed to carry out the following tasks:
-undertake research on the proposed topic
-work towards publications (articles and/or monograph) based on proposed research
-present papers at the conferences organized by the project team and internationally
-contribute to project-related publications and other deliverables
-participate in consultation sessions of the research team
-The applicant has a PhD degree in history, Islamic Studies, or a related field.
-The applicant has a good command of Ottoman Turkish and Arabic, and ideally at least another relevant research language (e.g., German or French, etc.)
-Written and spoken proficiency in English.
What we offer
The postdoc researcher will be enrolled on a full-time basis. The gross annual salary is 48000 EUR. This amount covers social security premiums (SGK). Additionally, the fellow will have access to 2000 EUR per year for travel and research costs.
How to apply:
Please send your:
-application cover letter
-research proposal (no more than 1500 words)
-writing or publication sample (up to 50 pages)
-two letters of recommendation
by January 30, 2016 to email@example.com. Please note that the procedure will include interviews. Candidates will be informed of the decision by early March 2016. Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr. Derin Terzioglu at firstname.lastname@example.org with cc: to Dr. Tijana Krstic (PI) email@example.com.
About Boğaziçi University: Bogaziçi University is a leading public research university located in Istanbul, Turkey. It offers
undergraduate and graduate degrees in the humanities, social and natural sciences, engineering, education, and applied sciences. The University has a long record of academic excellence; is strongly committed to cutting-edge research; and promotes collaborations in research and education with other leading universities in the world.
The teaching staff consists of about 570 resident faculty members, and the student body has reached 13,500 with over 3,000 graduate students. The language of instruction is English. For more information, visit the University website at www.boun.edu.tr .
About the History Department: The Department of History focuses on the history of the Middle East and the Mediterranean world from antiquity to the modern period and on the early modern and modern history of Asia and Europe. Byzantine, Seljuk, Ottoman and Asian history are major topics of teaching and active research. The
Department offers B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Both in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the Department emphasizes world-historical and comparative perspectives, and provides specialized language courses. Teaching and research interests of the faculty members cover a wide range of areas, periods and themes, and represent diverse approaches to the study of the past. For more information, visit the Department’s website at www.hist.boun.edu.tr