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

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?