During the Fall 2018 semester, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC) awarded the Hajj Abu Ismail Jallaq Scholarship to two outstanding Islamic Studies majors, Steven Turner and Larkin Cleland.
Michael D. Swartz’s latest book appeared this fall: The Mechanics of Providence: The Workings of Ancient Jewish Magic and Mysticism (Tübingen: Mohr, 2018). It argues that magic and mysticism had a profound effect on the shaping of Judaism in late antiquity.
During the summer of 2018, Islamic Studies Major Matt Loxley had the opportunity to study Arabic in Oman after having been awarded the prestigious Critical Langauge Fellowship.
The beginning of the autumn 2018 semester marks the start of three new graduate student careers at NELC. The department is very excited to welcome these three talented scholars to the NELC community and looks forward to helping each accomplish their individual goals.
Dr. Robert Holub, Chair of the Germanic Department has been named the interim Chair for the Department of Near Eastern Langauges and Cultures. Dr. Holub brings a wealth of adminsitrative and leadership success to this role.