The Faculty of Humanities hosts a wealth of expertise in fields including philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics, and area studies, covering practically the entire world. The Institute for Religious Studies, part of the Faculty of Humanities, traces it origins back to 1575 when one of the first formed faculties of Leiden University was the Faculty of Theology. Since its founding the faculty has grown into a research intensive institute committed to high quality in teaching and research on a wide variety of religious traditions. Nationally and internationally, the Leiden Institute of Religious Studies is known for its impartial and unbiased study of religion in all its appearances. The two PhD students will work on a research project funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), entitled: Arabic and its Alternatives: Religious Minorities in the Formative Years of the Modern Middle East (1920-1950), supervised by prof. dr. H.L. Murre-van den Berg and dr. K. Sanchez. The project will be carried out in cooperation with the Leiden Centre for Linguistics (LUCL).
The applicant has a Master’s or equivalent degree in Religious Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Semitic Studies, Linguistics, or History, and has obtained this degree no longer than five years ago. The MA-thesis must be of high quality, with a grade of at least 8.5 on a ten-point scale, or comparable assessment; The applicant’s MA-thesis testifies to well-developed research skills, including the ability to formulate relevant and creative research questions and hypotheses, descriptive and analytical skills, and a clear and persuasive style of writing; The applicant’s CV illustrates familiarity with and experience in research into the History of the Modern Middle East and its religious and linguistic make-up, preferably with an emphasis on the Jewish and/or Christian minorities and their languages.