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 29, 2014 - 6:00pm to November 17, 2014 - 6:00pm

Middle East - North Africa Fall Film Series

Siegle Hall, Room L006

The Middle East - North Africa Film Series, sponsored by the Department of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, will showcase four films from September 29 through November 17.  The first film, Layali ibn Awa, will be shown on Monday, September 29 at 6:00 p.m.  ---  Syria, 1967, rumors of war. Abu Kamel, a peasant who farms tomatoes near Latakia, bullies his family. One by one, each rebels against him or finds a route to break away. Abu Kamel's long-suffering wife, Moti'an, may be called away. Tomato prices fall; jackals howl at night. Kamel needs a new center. Can an old dog learn new tricks?

October 2, 2014 - 5:30pm

Witherspoon Memorial Lecture in Religion and Science - "Islamic Bioethics: A Partnership between Religion and Science"

Abdulaziz Sachedina
Umrath Lounge - Reception at 5:00 PM

Islamic civilization, through its emphasis on reason and revelation, has inspired confidence in human abilities to seek to understand the relationship between science and religion in order to advance scientific research and practice in the field of medicine. With the development of biomedical technology in contemporary times, the ethical problems that face medical practitioners and patients in the West also face Muslim societies around the world. How do Muslim scholars determine the right course of action in treating severe clinical situations?