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 3, 2015 - 4:00pm

Pulled from the Flames: The Remarkable Backstory behind ‘Round Trip’

David V. Herlihy
Olin Library, Ginkgo Reading Room

Washington University Libraries invite you to a talk by David V. Herlihy, historian and author of Bicycle: The History and The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance. Herlihy will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, December 3, 2015, in Olin Library's Ginkgo Reading Room, on the Danforth Campus of Washington University. He will be speaking about an exhibition entitled  “Pulled from the Flames: The Remarkable Backstory behind ‘Round Trip’ ” which he guest curated for the UCLA's Fowler Museum. The talk is free and open to the public.

If you plan to attend, RSVP to University Archivist Sonya Rooney by emailing Please leave your name and the number of people in your party.