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Welcome to the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC) at Indiana University, Bloomington. The founding father of this department is Dr. Wadie Elias Jwaideh, a native of Iraq, who joined the faculty at IU in 1960 and served as chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, as it was called at that time, with exemplary dedication for over two decades. We are thus justifiably proud of belonging to one of the oldest and most venerable departments of its kind in the nation. Our distinguished and world-renowned faculty teach diverse courses on the languages, literatures, religions, history, and cultures of the Arab world and the Middle East. Many of our undergraduate majors go on to pursue graduate degrees in Middle Eastern studies and related fields or obtain professional degrees in law and business, among other areas of specialization. Graduates of the masters and doctoral programs enter careers in academia, foreign service, public and business administration.


Professor Asma Afsaruddin, Chair


Job Announcement

Assistant Professor in Modern Arabic Literature and Culture

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington invites applications for a tenure-track position as assistant professor in Modern Arabic Literature and Culture (19th century-present).
Research specialization can be in any field of modern Arabic literary studies or other forms of cultural production, such as theater, visual arts, music, film, and social media, on such contemporary topics as modernity, political and social reform, gender issues, and religious movements in the Arab world. The appointment begins August 1, 2015. Prior teaching experience and evidence of an active research agenda are required. The successful candidate must possess a native or near-native command of Modern Standard Arabic and English and must be prepared to teach a variety of undergraduate courses on modern Arabic literature in translation, as well as upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in Arabic. A functional knowledge of the classical Arabic literary tradition is expected. Candidates must have the Ph.D. at time of appointment and demonstrate a commitment to research, teaching, public engagement, and program development with Indiana University's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, as well as the School of Global and International Studies. Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Application materials, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, statement of research interests and teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, syllabi of representative courses, a writing sample, and three academic letters of reference should be submitted online here.

Inquiries and any hard copy submissions can be directed to Connie Sue May, Goodbody Hall Room 214, 1011 East Third Street, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47405.

Applications received by January 20, 2015 are assured full consideration, but we will accept applications until the position is filled.


Congratulations to professor emeritus Salih Altoma, who was awarded the 2014 Mentoring Award from the Middle East Studies Association at its last annual meeting in Washington DC! This is an award of great distinction conferred by the largest and most prestigious association of Middle East Studies in the world. The award was in recognition of his service as “an outstanding mentor who has introduced so many to the joys of scholarship and who, through his generous sharing of knowledge, continues to encourage the careers of generations of students and colleagues." For more details on this richly-deserved accolade, please click here.

Check out our Spring 2015 course listings!

Upcoming Events

Want to try your hand at calligraphy? The Department of NELC is excited to offer a presentation by Dr. Muhammad Habib from California State University on Arabic calligraphy! The interactive presentation and workshop will take place on Friday, February 6, 2015, from 10:00am -- 12:30pm, in Cedar Hall C 114 (Union Street Center). We hope to see you there!

The thirteenth annual Danner Lecture will be presented by Dr. Yahya Michot, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations. He is also the current editor of the journal “The Muslim World” edited by the Seminary. Professor Michot will speak on “Mamluks, Qalandars, Rafidis, and the ‘Other’ Ibn Taymiyya” on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in the President’s Room in the University Club at the Indiana Memorial Union at 7:00pm. A light reception will follow the lecture. Open to the public.


Read the 2014 NELC Newsletter

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