PhD Fellowhip at the Faculty of Theology, Qur’anic studies
Subject to available grants, the Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, hereby announces that a three-year PhD scholarship will be available from October 1st 2017. Applications for the scholarship are invited for the area of Qur’anic studies. The granting of the scholarship carries with it enrolment as a PhD student in the PhD school of the Faculty of Theology.
The PhD project is part of a research project funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research. The title of the research project is Ambiguity and Precision in the Qur’an and comprises one professor, a postdoc researcher, and the PhD student. It aims to investigate linguistic, rhetorical, and narrative markers of ambiguity and precision in the Qur’an. These markers have been neglected and misconstrued in Qur’anic studies, either as generators of unfortunate confusion, or as excessive clarity and generalization. Combining standard methods and theories from Qur’anic studies with an array of other relevant disciplines, the project will turn the tables and instead identify and analyze how these two modes of Qur’anic language work as complementary and felicitous rhetorical strategies.
The PhD project has to conduct a systematic identification, classification, and indexation of grammatical and lexical markers of ambiguity in the Qur’an. The PhD project will aim to answer the following questions: 1) how does Qur’anic Arabic apply grammatical and semantic categories of ambiguity? 2) Are the textual markers of ambiguity organized after a particular principle in the Qur’an, e.g., correlating with specific chapters, themes or potential development of the text? 3) How does the Qur’anic grammar of ambiguity relate to similar notions in scriptures in other relevant Semitic languages, such as the Hebrew Bible? This part of the overall project aims to supplement Qur’anic studies’ rather meagre collection of systematic semantic-grammatical catalogues and dictionaries. The PhD project should result in a monograph dissertation. It is also expected that the PhD student will spend six months of the three years’ scholarship at another university during the research.
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee, and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.
The Ministerial Order on PhD degrees and other relevant documents can be downloaded from the faculty homepage or by contacting the Faculty of Theology, Karen Blixens Vej 16, 2300 Copenhagen S. If you have questions concerning the PhD fellowship, please contact Head of the PhD-school Carsten Pallesen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or professor MSO Thomas Hoffmann (email@example.com). If you have technical questions concerning your application, please contact Birgitte Hein (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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