Understanding the Middle East beyond the headlines: Integrated studies for a global perspective
At Washington University, our integrated approach to teaching Jewish and Islamic studies helps students develop a holistic and nuanced understanding of complex global issues.
JIMES Statement on Racial Justice
The Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies pledges to be an inclusive scholarly community committed to rigorous research, vigorous debate, and the exchange of ideas in a safe and welcoming space both on campus and online.
About Our Department
The Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies (JIMES) is devoted to the study of the history and cultures of the Near East, and of 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.
Cultural Literacy is Necessary, No Matter the Career You Pursue.
Washington University is unique among North American universities in having a department that encompasses Jewish studies, Islamic studies, Arabic, Hebrew, and Hindi. No where else affords students the opportunity to explore these subjects in such a profoundly cross-disciplinary environment.