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

March 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Sites Unseen

Shimon Attie
Kemper Art Museum, Room 103

Internationally acclaimed multi-media artist Shimon Attie will present a selection of his art projects from the past 25 years, with a special focus on recent works he has realized that engage issues related to the Middle East conflict between Isra

March 31, 2017 - 1:00pm to April 1, 2017 - 6:00pm

Fifth Annual Graduate History Association Conference

The Spatial Turn
Busch Hall, Room 18

The Graduate History Association at Washington University in St. Louis is pleased to announce their fifth annual Graduate Conference, to be held March 31st-April 1st 2017 on the Danforth Campus in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Conference will explore questions pertaining to the social, political, economic and cultural relations between people and landscapes.