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

February 27, 2017 - 4:00pm

Vulture in a Cage: Ibn Gabirol in His World

Raymond P. Scheindlin
Umrath Hall, Room 140

After a millennium of acclaim, the poetry of Solomon Ibn Gabirol has been translated anew by Ray Scheindlin, covering the sacred and the secular, explorations of nature, drink, love, sex, friendship, and loneliness.  The poet’s wit, satirical geni