Jewish, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (JIMES) at Washington University

Address: Campus Box 1121 1 Brookings Drive St. Louis, Mo. 63130

Phone: 314-935-8567


Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies (JIMES) is a multi-disciplinary department devoted to the study of Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern languages, histories, literatures, and cultures. Whatever their interests—literature, politics, religion, history—students will find in our courses a way to deepen their appreciation and understanding of the complex and diverse societies and cultures of the Middle East and their diasporas.

Students will also be inspired to explore the interaction of Jews and Muslims with neighboring societies and cultures in the Middle East, Europe, North Africa, and other parts of the world. The department’s integrated curriculum offers a focal point for cross-cultural intellectual exchange, one that highlights the shared experiences and mutual influences of the two civilizations while paying close attention to historical context, movement, and change. 

Undergraduate students can major or minor in a variety of areas: Arabic, Hebrew, Comparative Jewish and Islamic Studies, and Modern Middle Eastern Studies. The department also offers a master of arts in Jewish Studies and a master of arts in Islamic and Near Eastern Studies.

Visit the website for more information. Many of the department’s events are open to the public.

Hillel Kieval, Gloria M. Goldstein Professor of Jewish History and Thought, is Department Chair.