Research Scholar - Islamic Definition of the Nuclear Family in the Wake of Modern Biomedical Techno

Washington D.C.
Jan 24, 2017
Apr 13, 2017
Full Time
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The position will be based in Doha for the period of 8 months on a full-time basis. It is eligible for accommodation, airfare, medical insurance and other benefits. GU-Q will assist in immigration and visa-related process. The position is scheduled to begin by September 1, 2017. The position will be advertised until filled.

Georgetown University in Qatar is the recipient of a research grant from Qatar National Research Fund in support of a project exploring the impact of modern genetic and reproductive technologies on the Islamic structure of the nuclear family.

This project aims to identify research lacunae in current scholarship on this important topic and suggest ways to fill these lacunae. It builds on several years of original research, which benefited from the research infrastructure that was established and funded by two three-year grants from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). This project consists of a bibliographic component and a research component. The bibliographic component will maintain and expand the existing physical collection and electronic database of resources, which includes records of more than 4000 bilingual (English-Arabic) scholarly resources. The research component will utilize these and similar resources in exploring the impact of new genetic and reproductive technologies on the Islamic conceptualization of the nuclear family in terms of both the (re)formulation of relevant rules as well as the administration of these rules. This requires thorough analysis of three main genres and perspectives: Islamic ethico-legal discussions both in the pre-modern and modern periods; modern positive legal structures and legislation; and the modern social scientific perspective.

Work Interactions

This position will address the project's research questions from the social scientific perspective. The position holder will collaborate with the project team on identifying, exploring, and implementing appropriate social scientific methods with the goal of answering the main questions centering around the (re)reformulation and administration of relevant normative rules and regulations in the wake of modern genetic and reproductive technologies. Associated tasks will involve two main components: survey of available scholarly literature and pursuing proper social scientific techniques or methods to fill gaps pertaining to the project's main research questions.


The successful candidate will possess sufficient knowledge and expertise in the social sciences (preferably sociology or anthropology) with a particular focus on the Muslim world or Muslim populations.

PhD in hand or expected by the start date is required.

Prior experience in similar projects and publication record is an added advantage.

Proficiency in Arabic language is strongly desired.

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