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.

New Faculty Positions Opening

The department is actively seeking new faculty to aid in its mission of cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary instruction. Please click here to see a full list of open positions and their descriptions.

Tazeen Ali (MA, ’12) returns to WashU as the Danforth Center’s first Islamic Studies scholar

Tazeen Ali (MA, ’12) returns to WashU as the Danforth Center’s first Islamic Studies scholar