PhD Candidate in Quranic Studies: Choices of the Quranic Readers

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 19 Jun 2023

23 May 2023
Job Information

Leiden University
Research Field

Language sciences
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

19 Jun 2023 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Key Responsibilities
The PhD candidate will examine the canonical Kufan readers (qurrāʾ) Ḥamza, al-Kisāʾī and Khalaf and the nature of their different readings of the Qur'an. The different reading traditions in the traditional literature are often presented as synoptic - all representing essentially the same view of the meaning of the text although sometimes highlighting different perspectives. However, the reading traditions that we have belong to specific historical figures, who made explicit choices to read in one way or the other; their motivations - and thus the reasons for differences and changes in readings over time - are almost entirely unexplored. The three Kufans Ḥamza, al-Kisāʾī and Khalaf are especially apt for research of this kind, as their readings are well-evidenced, they share a common domicile, a teacher-student relationship links them, and their reading choices demonstrate considerable similarities while also noticeable differences.. This research project will give insight into the reasons and motivations for such changes to appear.

Specific Requirements

Selection Criteria

  • MA in a relevant field (e.g. islamic studies, religious studies, Arabic language & linguistics) or a letter of proof that you will acquire it soon.
  • Demonstrable affinity with research into the Quran.
  • Good command of English
  • Good command of Classical Arabic
  • Knowledge of the Quranic reading traditions is not required but is advantageous.

Additional Information

Terms and Conditions
Appointment will be according to the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten). The employment will be for a period of four years (first a contract of 18 months with an extension of 30 months after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility), starting 1 January 2024. You are expected to work in Leiden. The appointment must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis.

The salary range for a PhD candidate is from €2,541.- to €3,247.- gross per month (pay-scale PhD candidates in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities), with substantial additional holiday and end-of-year bonuses. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Selection process

Please submit your application online no later than 19 June 2023 via the blue button in our application system. Your application should include:
● A detailed Curriculum Vitae;
● A motivation letter (max. 1 page);
● A short description of your research plan (max. 1 page);
● A PDF of your MA Thesis or a term paper whichever is more relevant to the project;
● Names, positions and contact information of two referees (no reference letters).
Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

Additional comments

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Enquiries can be made to Dr. Marijn van Putten, e-mail: .

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Universiteit Leiden
Postal Code
Rapenburg 70

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Rapenburg 70
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