Academic Editor (Islam) - AO1699SB

The St Andrews Encyclopaedia of Theology, based at the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews, intends to appoint a full-time Academic Editor for a fixed term from August 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter) to 31 May 2024.

The St Andrews Encyclopaedia of Theology project is creating a free, online encyclopaedia of academic theology. It publishes peer-reviewed research articles of approximately 12,000 words, written and maintained by senior scholars. We are creating an internet resource for theology’s future: an Encyclopaedia in the emic rather than etic mode, focusing on theological concepts, structures, and systems. As the Encyclopaedia of Theology will ultimately incorporate intellectual content from all major religious traditions, we propose an emphasis on material being written by scholars for whom these traditions are alive. As such, it will be an encyclopaedia of theology rather than of religious studies. More information may be found at the project website,

This section of the project is focused on articles relating to the full breadth of Islamic theological thought, including systematic accounts and interactions with kalām, philosophy, Sufism, ethics, law, theological aesthetics, and liturgy. The major communities of Islamic religious practice (Sunni, Shia, Ibadi, etc.) will be represented. Candidates should have demonstrable experience or understanding of Islamic praxis and the field of Islamic theology, broadly understood, as well as a willingness to engage fully with the perspective of faith. 

The Christian section is already under way. Further sections will cover other religious traditions, including Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

Successful applicant will be part of a growing team of academic colleagues contributing to the commissioning and editing of several hundred articles across the faiths, working collaboratively with our senior editorial team in identifying areas of expansion for the Encyclopaedia, and engaging in a range of technical and support tasks appropriate to their skills.

Candidates are expected to have a doctoral degree, or equivalent, in Islamic theology, broadly defined, or another area relevant to this Islam-focused section of the Encyclopaedia, or a commensurate level of experience in relevant academic publishing. A demonstrable research record in an area related to this section of the Encyclopaedia is desirable, and there will be the option to maintain an independent research profile in addition to conducting research in areas of interest to the Encyclopaedia. Ideal candidates will possess both a terminal degree and experience in editorial or publishing roles, as well as having a record of research relevant to the needs of the Encyclopaedia.

Modest funding for relocation will be offered to the successful candidate.

*Appointment at grade 6 (salary £33,797 - £40,322 per annum) will be considered for candidates with less experience/knowledge of the area with the job description to be amended accordingly. 

Further information and informal enquiries may be directed to Sterling Yates (Project Manager), email:, or to Dorothy Campbell (Project Administrator), email:

Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from the Black, Asian, Minority or Ethnic (BAME) community and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in academic posts at the University.

The University is committed to equality for all, demonstrated through our working on diversity awards (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter; and Stonewall). More details can be found at

Please quote ref: AO1699SB

Closing Date: 7 April 2021

Further Particulars: AO1699SB FPs.doc

School of Divinity
Salary: £41,526 per annum*
Start: 2 August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter
Fixed term until 31 May 2024

Academic Editor (Islam) - AO1699SB