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 8, 2015 - 7:00pm

Film Screening

Intimate Grammar
Arc Presentation Room - Olin Library

Jerusalem of the 1960s.  Eleven-year-old Aaron Kleinfeld seems to have stopped growing.  For three years he hasn't grown even a centimeter.  Maybe a gland has stopped working.  Maybe it is because of his parents, Holocaust survivors - they have tu

October 13, 2015 - 5:30pm

Across Legal Lines: Jews and Muslims in Modern Morocco

Prof. Jessica Maya Marglin
Busch Hall, Room 18

This talk explores how Jews navigated the various legal institutions that coexisted in pre-colonial Morocco and during the first decades of colonial rule.