Call for Freelance Abstractors

Key Responsibilities

Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) in London requires immediately, freelance abstractors for the Muslim Civilisations Abstract Project. The incumbents are required to survey and write brief book reviews (abstracts) of books selected by the Institute.


  •  PhD or extensive research experience in Middle Eastern, Indian, Oriental or Islamic Studies. PhD candidates who have completed an MA/MPhil and who are well advanced in their doctoral research will be considered;
  •  Excellent proficiency in at least one of the following languages: Arabic, English, Malay/Indonesian, Persian, Russian, Turkish, Urdu. Knowledge of additional European and Asian languages, particularly Central Asian languages and Russian, will be an asset;
  • • Good computer skills are required;

A guide to writing abstracts for the Muslim Civilisations Abstracts project is available for download.

To Apply

Candidates should send a curriculum vitae to the MCA Office at:

210 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DA
or via email to
MCA Office
Tel: 020 7380 3834
Fax: 020 7380 3830


AKU-ISMC is part of Aga Khan University (AKU), an international university with operations in ten countries. By submitting an application to AKU-ISMC you agree to revoke your rights under the Data Protection Act 1998 thereby permitting AKU-ISMC to share the contents of your application with relevant colleagues at our headquarters institution AKU Karachi, and with its nominated agents for the purpose of completing this recruitment exercise. AKU-ISMC only contacts candidates that are short-listed for interview.