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 28, 2017 - 8:00pm

Ashura Talk

Aria Nakissa
Seigle L002

In an effort to educate the campus community on diverse practices within Islam, the Muslim Students Association at Washignton University in St. Louis has asked Prof. Aria Nakissa to speak on Muharram and Ashura.

October 10, 2017 - 4:00pm

JINELC Courses & Cupcakes

Busch Hall, Room 18

Please join the Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures for Courses and Cupcakes. 

The department will discuss courses being offered for Spring 2018, study abroad, and more.