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Research Assistants for the Program in Islamic Law

Professor Intisar Rabb is accepting applications for Fall 2021 student research assistants for general research related to Islamic law, and projects at the Program in Islamic Law (PIL) at Harvard Law School . Knowledge of Arabic, Persian, or other foreign languages is not necessary (but welcome). Open to HLS or Harvard grad students only. RAships may be for the Fall term (through December 31, 2021) or full year (through May 31, 2022). Applicants should submit (1) a resume, (2) an unofficial transcript, and (3) a brief statement of interest through the online application

DEADLINE: September 23, by midnight (EST).

RA for Digital Humanities Project with Professor Intisar Rabb and Data Science Fellow Dr. Yusuf Celik

Professor Intisar Rabb and data science fellow Dr Yusuf Celik at the Program in Islamic Law / SHARIAsource Lab at Harvard Law School are looking for research assistants with a computer science / machine learning background this fall for a digital humanities project. 

Are you interested in applying Machine Learning to texts? Curious to see a Digital Humanities project in action? Well, look no further! At Harvard’s Program in Islamic Law we are currently looking for 1-2 research assistants in Digital Humanities that can help with the implementation of Machine Learning techniques within the Courts and Canons project. As an assistant in the Digital Humanities you are expected to participate in one of the ongoing Machine Learning endeavors, such as the implementation of Named Entity Recognition or topic modeling. Expected is an intermediate knowledge of Python, Arabic, and conceptual grasp of various Machine Learning concepts (e.g. Neural Networks, Deep Learning, etc.). Having experience in one of the known Machine Learning frameworks is a plus (e.g. PyTorch, TensorFlow, etc.). Assistants will be expected to report on their progress on a weekly basis and perform a biweekly demonstration to the entire lab. Lab sessions will meet every other Monday, beginning on September 13th. 

DEADLINE: September 12, by midnight (EST).

TO APPLY: Please send a CV/resume, school transcript, and a brief statement of interest. Submit applications through Formstack.

For questions, contact Abtsam Saleh  at [email protected]

Assistant Professor in Medieval Islamic History – Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

The departments of History and of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) seek to make a joint, full-time, tenure-track appointment with the rank of assistant professor in Medieval Islamic History. We welcome applicants who specialize in the medieval period (600-1500) and in various subfields, including (but not limited to) cultural history, digital humanities, economic history, gender history, intellectual history, legal history, political history, and social history. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and advise at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including teaching general surveys of Islamic history in the medieval period (600-1500), and will have an excellent reading knowledge of Arabic, Persian or Turkish and the ability to guide graduate students in the reading of primary sources in at least one of these languages.

The appointment is expected to begin on July 1st, 2022.

Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching, advising, and research is desired. Candidates should also evince intellectual leadership and impact on the field and potential for significant contributions to the department, University, and wider scholarly community. Candidates are required to have a completed doctorate by December 15, 2021.

Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (https://academicpositions.harvard.edu). The deadline for applications is October 15.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching/advising statement (describing teaching philosophy and practices)
  4. Research statement
  5. One writing sample of max. 35 pages.
  6. The names of three references whom the search committee may contact.
  7. Statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas.


Khaled El-Rouayheb, [email protected]

Chair, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

6 Divinity Ave. Cambridge, MA 02138