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

February 8, 2016 - 4:00pm

Major-Minor Welcome Session

Busch Hall, Room 18

The Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Languages & Cultures will be hosting the Major-Minor Welcome Session on Monday, February 8, at 4:00 pm.  The event will take place in Busch Hall, room 18.  While department sophomores are required to attend the event, we encourage all current JINELC students, or students who are interested in the department, to stop by and meet faculty, talk about the program, and enjoy refreshments.

February 8, 2016 - 6:30pm

Middle East - North Africa Film Series

Captain Abu Raed --- 2008, dir. Amin Matalga, 102minutes
Simon Hall, Room 018

When an old airport janitor finds a captain's hat in the trash, he gets pulled into the lives of children in his poor neighborhood. He weaves imaginary stories of his world adventures to offer hope in the face of their harsh reality.

Open to the Washington University Community --- Dicussion to Follow