The Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) is an academic center based in Doha with international orientation and an ambitious research agenda. One of the key instruments adopted by CILE to achieve its Vision and Mission is producing original, high-quality, impactful and interdisciplinary research in mainly twelve key fields in which Islamic Ethics intersects with Arts, Economics, Education, Environment, Food, Gender, Media, Medicine & Bioethics, Methodology of Ethics, Migration & Human Rights, Politics and Psychology. CILE has developed the following methodological approaches to guide its work:
- Reconciling spirituality and science, legislation and ethics, laws and objectives and emphasizing their complimentary relationship so as to revive the role of Islamic ethics in contemporary knowledge and practice.
- A broad and positive view of the Islamic sources of legislation and ethics, recognising the necessity to enrich our understanding of them with the fruits of human thought and values common to all people.
- A practical spirit that transforms the science of Maqasid al-Sharia (higher objectives of Islam) from theory to practice in all spheres of life, contributing to the establishment of an Islamic legislative and ethical framework.
- A trans-disciplinary assessment of contemporary legal and ethical challenges that considers the complexities of reality with the diversity of visions and means to address them.
- A holistic synthesizing approach whereby Scholars of Text from diverse Islamic traditions and Scholars of Context from various natural and human sciences engage in an intellectual exercise that infuses the insights from one field to another.
- Critical self-assessment and reasoning that goes beyond short-term crisis management in favour of creative, long-term transformative solutions to world problems. It is only with this approach that the interests of people everywhere can be served, fulfilling the vision of Islam, its higher ethical objectives and its liberating mission.
(B) Organizing International Seminars
Organizing international seminars consisting of specialists in Islamic Studies (“Scholars of Text”) and in the other scholarly fields of applied ethics (“Scholars of Context”) is one of the key activities that help achieve CILE’s goal of leading academic research in these fields. CILE has currently permanent faculty members who are responsible for research activities, including organizing seminars, in four of the above mentioned fields, namely:
- 1. Medicine & Bioethics
- 2. Migration & Human Rights
- 3. Politics
- 4. Methodology of Islamic Ethics
In order to facilitate research in the remaining eight fields (Arts, Economics, Education, Environment, Food, Gender, Media, and Psychology), CILE offers generous scholarships for academics and researchers worldwide to organize international seminars on topics related to the interplay of Islamic ethics and aforementioned eight fields. The applicant has the freedom to choose the specific theme of the prospective seminar. The potential seminar organizer should prepare a full proposal which will be reviewed by CILE. The structure of the seminars should have a strong interdisciplinary character involving, among others, both Scholars of Text and Context. The seminar should be based on a call for papers which will go through a normal scholarly review process and will ultimately lead to a refereed publication fitting within the scope of the CILE Journal of Islamic Ethics, published by Brill.
(C) Qualifications & Tasks
The ideal candidate for this type of scholarship is a highly qualified academic scholar who has:
- A strong publication record in one of the fields of Islamic studies that indicates interdisciplinary skills and an academic career demonstrating an ability to lead group-oriented research and organization of such seminars.
- Multilingual excellence: Participants in CILE seminars often include those who are only proficient in Arabic or English. In order to be able to manage the research-related activities of the seminar, the prospective professor should be proficient in at least both Arabic and English.
The tasks of the selected candidate will include:
- Drafting the Background Paper and Call for Papers for the prospective seminar. The background paper should be prepared in both English and Arabic. For an example of a Background Paper which we used for one of the CILE previous seminars, please visit this link for the English version and this link for the Arabic version.
- Leading the Call-for-Papers process and chairing the review committee which will be responsible for selecting the papers to be presented in the seminar. An example of the call for papers in English is available here and the Arabic version is available here.
- Moderating the three-day seminar which will be held in Doha. The exact dates of the seminar will be determined in agreement between CILE and the selected candidate.
- Preparing and implementing a publication plan for the proceedings of the seminar. This will be done in coordination with the Managing Editor of the CILE Journal of Islamic Ethics.
- Writing a paper to be included in the publication resulting from the seminar. The paper should be related to the main theme of the seminar and should be based on original material which was not published before.
- Writing a scholarly report on the seminar afterwards in both English and Arabic. An example is available here and here
Based on earlier experience, it is expected that these tasks can be fulfilled within one calendar year. During this period, the candidate can do these tasks remotely from outside Qatar and thus does not necessarily need to give up his/her job during this one-year scholarship.
CILE will offer the following benefits and facilities for the selected candidate:
- Covering the logistic costs related to the organization of the seminar including travel and accommodation costs of the selected candidate and up to the maximum of twelve participants in the seminar.
- Covering of the costs of making the publication available via open access.
- An additional stipend will be awarded to the selected candidates by the successful completion of the above mentioned tasks.
(E) How to submit?
Please send the following documents/information to firstname.lastname@example.org with “CILE Scholarships for Organizing International Seminars” as subject of the email.
- A short biography and updated CV
- A rough draft of the Background Paper on the main theme of the seminar that you plan to organize.
Submissions received before 1 June 2017 will be given preference. We will continue considering submissions until the scholarships are assigned to the successful candidates.
About the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE):
CILE aims to contribute to the reform and renew the Islamic thought by developing a contemporary vision guided by the fundamental principles of the Holy Qur’an, Sunnah and the higher objectives of Islamic Shariah. For more information, please contact: CILE Office.