Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Tenured

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
06 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
05 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Full Time


New York University Abu Dhabi invites applications for a full-time tenured professor position of Premodern Arabic literature with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2023. We seek a scholar with a broad and deep knowledge of Arabic literary and intellectual traditions of the pre-modern period including, but not limited to, Quran and tafsīr, Arabic poetry and its criticism, travel narratives, adab compilations, legal texts, Sufism, and philosophical works. The successful candidate will demonstrate the capacity to author original research in these areas and have an established track record of publication of scholarly works, translations, and critical editions. 

The holder of this position will bolster NYUAD’s commitment to research and publication on the Arabo-Islamic literary heritage, through contributions to such projects as The Library of Arabic Literature (a series of facing-page English-Arabic translations published by NYU Press) and in collaboration on other future ambitious research ventures. The successful candidate will also strengthen NYUAD’s teaching mission by contributing to undergraduate programs, such as Arab Crossroads Studies, Literature and Creative Writing, Arabic, and the Core, and will participate in the planned creation of interdisciplinary graduate programs in Arabic language, literature, Islamic studies and related fields.

About NYU Abu Dhabi

Established in partnership between New York University (NYU) and the emirate of Abu Dhabi, over the last decade, NYUAD has assembled a remarkable community of scholars, students, researchers, artists, inventors, and others who have contributed to the growth of the UAE’s capital as a global hub of knowledge and culture while establishing a new model of higher education for today’s complex world.

NYUAD is animated by inspiring and diverse faculty, students, and staff working together in an exciting and dynamic city. As an international center of excellence in teaching and research, our goal is to attract outstanding faculty who are leaders in their fields, encouraging them to create programs that draw outstanding students and provide an intellectually rich environment.

NYUAD students come from more than 126 countries, with no single nationality exceeding more than 15 percent of the total student population. Likewise, our over 320 faculty members represent more than 45 nationalities and bring a global perspective to their classrooms and research projects. NYUAD is committed to building and strengthening a university-wide culture of inclusion, diversity, belonging and equity (IDBE), which is fundamental to the University’s commitment to excellence. Visit our website for more information on NYUAD’s commitment to IDBE and how these values are fundamental to our mission.

Students are drawn from among the world’s best. They are bright, intellectually passionate, and committed to building a campus environment anchored in mutual respect, understanding, and care. The NYUAD undergraduate student body has garnered an impressive record of scholarships, graduate-school admissions, and other global honors. Graduate education is an area of growth for the University; and expected to expand in the next decade as graduate programs are added.

Working for NYUAD

At NYUAD, we recognize that Abu Dhabi is more than where you work; it’s your home. In order for faculty to thrive, we offer a comprehensive benefits package. This starts with a generous relocation allowance; educational assistance for your dependents; access to health and wellness services; and more. NYUAD is committed to faculty success throughout the academic trajectory, providing support for ambitious and world-class research projects and innovative, interactive teaching approaches. Support for dual-career families is a priority. Visit our website for more information on benefits for you and your dependents


Candidates for this position should hold a PhD as well as significant under-graduate or graduate teaching experience.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please submit the following items:

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Up to Five (5) Representative Publications 
  • Teaching Statement
  • Syllabi
  • List of Courses Taught
  • Recent teaching evaluations (if available)
  • Names and contact information for three (3) references. (Only referees of shortlisted candidates will be contacted.)  

We will review applications on a rolling basis and will continue until the position is filled. We will anticipate that successful candidates can start the appointment and relocate to Abu Dhabi in the academic year 2023-2024, subject to final budget approval. 

For questions about this position, please email

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NYUAD values diversity, inclusion, belonging, and equity; such principles are fundamental to the university's commitment to excellence. NYUAD is an equal-opportunity employer.  We particularly welcome applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups, women, and UAE nationals. Multidisciplinary research and exceptional teaching in a highly diverse and inclusive campus community are hallmarks of the University’s mission.


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