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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

Arabic Lecturer Position

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington, seeks applicants for a full-time lecturer in Arabic, beginning August 1, 2015. Responsibilities will include teaching three courses from beginning to advanced-level Arabic per semester and actively participating in all the academic and cultural activities of the Arabic program.

The successful candidate will preferably have a Ph.D. in Arabic language, linguistics, applied linguistics, or a related field, and is expected to be competent in the use of instructional technology and communicative, standards-based teaching methodologies. The candidate must demonstrate native or near-native proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic, an Arabic dialect, and English.

Application materials, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, syllabi and three academic letters of reference should be submitted online.  Inquiries can be directed to Connie Sue May, Goodbody 214, Indiana University, 1011 E Third Street, Bloomington, IN 47405. Review of applications will begin April 5, 2015.


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.


The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015 with a slew of cultural activities and lectures being held throughout the spring semester.  Click here for a full schedule of events. As we look back in time to the establishment of the department, we fondly remember its founder, Professor Wadie Jwaideh, who was not only an academic but also a consultant to President Carter and a globe-trotter. For more details, read the special news release here on the occasion of our 50th anniversary prepared by the IU Communications Office.

Congratulations to Blake Lemmons for being inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honors society in Spring 2015!

Check out our Spring 2015 course listings!

Upcoming Events

NELC is pleased to host Dr. John Eisele from the College of William and Mary for his lecture "Accuracy, Variation, Culture: A Reevaluation of Terms in Arabic Language Pedagogy" on March 26, 2015, and a workshop entitled "Linking the Four Skills: Minimizing Outlay, Maximizing Output" on March 27. The lecture is open to the public. Find out more!

The NELC annual Arabic Talent Show will be held on April 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm in Ballantine Hall 109 during which NELC students and faculty will display their considerable artistic talents. Music, poetry, and dance will all be featured. Join us for a night full of fun!

Want to learn more about the exciting world of Arabic music? Then join us at our Arabic Music Club which meets throughout the spring semester!

Looking for some great films to kill time and boost your Arabic language skills? The Department of NELC is excited to present the Arabic Film Series taking place througout the spring semester of 2015. Come for Arabic-language fun!

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 2015 NELC Newsletter

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