Workshop: ‘Arab Jews: Concepts, Histories, Definitions’

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Lecture: The Transformation of the Ancient Synagogue: From the Meeting Hall of Jesus’ Galilee to the Sacred Space of Early Byzantine Galilee, Professor Paul V.M. Flesher, 27 November, 3-4:30pm

Martin Hall, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh EH1 2LX

 

The plain, unadorned character of the first-century synagogues excavated in Israel in recent decades differs significantly from that of the synagogues lavishly decorated with mosaic floors which were built in the centuries after Constantine initiated the Christian creation of the “Holy Land.” These aspects of synagogal architectural and artistic composition display differing concepts of sacred space—concepts which reflect important changes in the nature of worship and liturgical activity in Judaism. This talk aims to read the material culture found in archaeological excavations of these two synagogue types and to suggest how those readings might shape our research into them.

A lecture by Professor Paul V.M. Flesher, University of Wyoming

 

An event jointly organised by The Centre for the Study of Christian Origins, The Jewish Studies Network, and the Religious Studies Research Seminar.

Events in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies: ‘ISLAMIC STUDIES IN SCOTLAND: RETROSPECT AND PROSPECT’, 23-24 October 2015

In October IMES, in conjunction with the Alwaleed Centre, will be marking the 50th anniversary of W. Montgomery Watt’s inaugural address as the first Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Scotland with an evening and day of events.

This promises to be a most memorable occasion and will provide an opportunity not only to assess the state of the field since Professor Watt’s pioneering work but will also emphasise the continuing strength of Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Both events will be held in the Playfair Library at the University of Edinburgh and are open to the public.

For booking and more detailed information about the speakers, please see here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/literatures-languages-cultures/islamic-middle-eastern/news-events/watt-anniversary

The programme:

Friday, 23 October, 6-8pm

On Friday evening, we will feature two celebrated scholars of early Islam.

Professor Carole Hillenbrand of the University of Edinburgh will begin proceedings with a presentation on ‘Montgomery Watt, the man and the scholar’.

Professor Fred Donner of the University of Chicago will follow with a lecture on ‘The Study of Islam’s Origins since W. Montgomery Watt’s Publications’.

To conclude the evening’s programme, Dr Richard Holloway, former Bishop of Edinburgh, will offer a short talk on Professor Watt’s religious life.

Saturday, 24 October, 9.30-5.30pm

The following day, Saturday, 24 October, we will be holding an academic colloquium titled, ‘Representations of Muhammad’. This will bring together scholars from both Edinburgh and abroad.

Chair: Dr Andrew Marsham, University of Edinburgh

 

9.30-10.15am

Professor Wilferd Madelung, Institute of Ismaili Studies

Muhammad, Khadija and ‘Umar

 

Coffee: 10:15-10:45am

 

10.45-11.30am

Dr Nicolai Sinai, University of Oxford

Muhammad and the Prophetology of the Medinan Qur’an

 

11.30am-12.15pm

Dr Andreas Goerke, University of Edinburgh

Muhammad and Zaynab bint Jahsh: Between History and Exegesis

 

Lunch (12:15pm-1:30pm)

 

1.30-2.15pm

Dr Christiane Gruber, University of Michigan

Muhammad among the Great Men of the World: Enlightenment, Nationhood, and Early 20th-Century Iranian Carpets

 

2:15-3:00pm

Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz, University of Edinburgh

Representing Muhammad on Screen

 

Coffee (3:00-3:30pm)

 

3.30-4:15pm

Dr John Tolan, University of Nantes

The Ecumenical Turn: Massignon, Watt, and 20th-century European Scholarship on Muhammad

Roundtable with all Participants: 4:15-5:15pm

 

Job: Research Associate: ‘Jewish Lives, Scottish Spaces: Jewish Migration to Scotland, 1880-1950’, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow

Reference Number: 010576
College / Service: COLLEGE OF ARTS
Department: SCHOOL OF CRITICAL STUDIES
Job Family: Research And Teaching
Position Type: Full Time
Salary Range: £33,242 – £37,394
Closing Date: 11 June 2015

To join the AHRC research project Jewish Lives, Scottish Spaces: Jewish Migration to Scotland, 1880-1950, in order to carry out archival research along with the PI (based at the University of Edinburgh) and the Co-I (based at the University of Glasgow). The RA will be based in Glasgow and play a key role in analyzing, digitizing and cataloguing relevant materials available at the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre (SJAC) and related archives in the UK. The RA will contribute their own research, including conference papers, articles, and a monograph under thematic umbrella framed by Jewish Lives, Scottish Spaces.

For further particulars and application details, please see here.

Job: Teaching Fellow in Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh

Teaching Fellow in Religious Studies
Vacancy Ref: : 033018 Closing Date : 11-May-2015
Contact Person : Mingyuan Cao Contact Number :
Contact Email : divinity@ed.ac.uk
Applications are invited for the position of Teaching Fellow in Religious Studies in the School of Divinity from candidates with expertise in Jewish Studies and relevant historical and cultural studies methods.The successful candidate will be expected to provide teaching to cover research leave in the Religious Studies Subject Area in each academic session, and to take responsibility for designing and delivering course materials and assess student performance

The successful candidate must have a PhD in Jewish Studies or equivalent, or must have submitted before taking up the appointment. They must demonstrate good teaching ability at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A proven record of publications in related subjects will be an advantage.

The successful candidate will also contribute to the knowledge exchange and impact profile of the School by engaging in professional development, funding bids and other events for external audiences.

This is a part-time post at 0.7FTE (24.5 hours per week). The post is fixed-term and is available from 1st September 2015 to 15th June 2018.

Salary: £31,342 – £37,394 per annum (pro rata)

Closing Date: Monday 11th May 2015 at 5pm (GMT)

For further details and application information please see https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk and search for Vacancy Reference 033018.

The 2015/16 Edgar Astaire Fellowship in Jewish Studies at the University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh invites applications for a short-term visiting fellowship in Jewish Studies. The fellowship is dedicated to research on Scottish Jewry and related subjects in any historical period. It is intended that the visiting fellow will make extensive use of documents available in the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre and / or sources in Edinburgh repositories. For details of locally available archival collections please see https://jewishstudies.div.ed.ac.uk/exhibition/archive/.

The visiting fellow will be based at the School of Divinity.

The visiting fellowship will be tenable for two months and must be taken up during one of the University’s teaching terms, or, if that is not possible, at a time agreed with the University. The visiting fellow is expected to deliver a research seminar at the University of Edinburgh, and one public lecture about their research in either Edinburgh or Glasgow. Both events need to make explicit reference to the archival collections worked on during the tenure of the fellowship.

The visiting fellowship will award a stipend of £2000 to cover travel, accommodation and maintenance during the term of residence in Edinburgh. The successful recipient will have the status of ‘Visiting Fellow’ at the University of Edinburgh and will not have a contract of employment.

International applicants are responsible for ensuring that they meet all criteria for Academic Visitors specified by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) at the time of the research visit. Current guidance is at: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/policyandlaw/guidance/ecg/vat/vat12/

Please send a letter of application outlining your research project, the proposed time of taking up this visiting fellowship, and an academic CV to h.holtschneider@ed.ac.uk.

Deadline for applications: 1 May 2015, 5pm.

The successful applicants will be notified within four weeks of the closing date for applications.