Islamic Tiles by Effervescing Elephant
Man praying at the Western wall in a traditional Tallit or Prayer Shawl by Beggs

About the Department

The Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (JINELC) is devoted to the study of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern languages and literatures; the history and cultures of the Near East; and the Jewish and Islamic civilizations, both individually and comparatively. Its integrated curriculum offers a focal point for crosscultural academic exchange that highlights the shared experiences and mutual influences of the two civilizations while paying close attention to the historical context of social change and cultural production. The members of the faculty conduct their research and teaching through a wide array of methodologies and disciplinary approaches and offer courses in language, literature, history, religion, politics, and culture.

Upcoming Events

September 29, 2014 - 6:00pm to November 17, 2014 - 6:00pm

Middle East - North Africa Fall Film Series

Siegle Hall, Room L006

The Middle East - North Africa Film Series, sponsored by the Department of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, will showcase four films from September 29 through November 17.  The first film, Layali ibn Awa, will be shown on Monday, September 29 at 6:00 p.m.  ---  Syria, 1967, rumors of war. Abu Kamel, a peasant who farms tomatoes near Latakia, bullies his family. One by one, each rebels against him or finds a route to break away. Abu Kamel's long-suffering wife, Moti'an, may be called away. Tomato prices fall; jackals howl at night. Kamel needs a new center. Can an old dog learn new tricks?

November 4, 2014 - 5:00pm

2014 Holocaust Memorial Lecture

"Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War & the Holocaust" by David Shneer
Wilson Hall, Room 214

David Shneer will give the 2014 Holocaust Memorial Lecture offered by the Washington University in St. Louis Assembly Series. 

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung called David Shneer a “path breaking” scholar, who uses photography as a new way of  considering issues of Russian Jewish history, Yiddish culture, the diaspora, and the Holocaust. His critically acclaimed book, Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust: Jewish Cultures of the World examines the Holocaust through the perspectives of wartime photographers assigned by the Stalinist regime to record the visual story of Nazi atrocities (link here). A co-founder of Jewish Mosaic, the first national Jewish LGBT organization, Shneer also studies the relationship between Jews and sexuality.