The Near East is a region of critical importance. As its many nations continue to play pivotal roles on the world stage the need for firm knowledge about Near Eastern languages and cultures becomes increasingly clear. These languages and cultures are our specialty. Indeed, in NELC one can find experts in Arabic, Hebrew (ancient and modern), Persian, Turkish, Egyptian (hieroglyphic and Coptic), and the languages of Central Asia. Our courses offer great breadth, in terms of the number of different languages taught, and great depth, in terms of the historical range our courses cover (from ancient to medieval to modern periods). In NELC one also can find topical courses on the prophet Muhammad and early Islam, Sufi literature, biblical texts in translation, and the tales of the 1001 Nights. One can learn about the peoples of the Silk Road, Israeli identities, early Christianity, Turkish poetry, Islamic law, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and much more.
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