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

December 4, 2014 - 7:00pm

Humor, Identity, and Other Secrets: An Evening with Sayed Kashua

Sayed Kashua
Brown Hall, Room 118

The Department of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures presents Humor, Identity, and Other Secrets: An Evening with Sayed Kashua Thursday, December 4 at 7:00 pm.

Israeli-Arab, Sayed Kashua, has been called "the greatest living Hebrew writer." He writes, with irreverence and humor, about cultural identity, living as a minority, and politics. The first of his three novels, Dancing Arabs, was recently made into a feature film that premiered at Telluride. As well as being a newspaper columnist, Kashua has also created a hit TV sitcom. Even when specifically addressing being an Arab in Israel, and now in exile, his writing has universal appeal.