The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) engages in the interdisciplinary humanistic study and teaching of the cultures of the Near East (often called the Middle East) as they express themselves in languages and texts, including both written and oral sources, as well as art, architecture, archaeology and material culture.

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2021-2022 NELC Newsletter Volume 3

We wanted to let you know what we've been up to since our last issue.

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2021-2022 NELC Newsletter



A Global Gender Protest
Sep 29, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023 at -

This hybrid international conference has been organized by two Penn faculty members, Profs. Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet (History Department) and Fatemeh Shams (NELC Department), and PhD Candidate,…

Aligning Heaven and Earth

Astrology and the Construction of Historical Knowledge in Early Islam
Antoine Borrut, Associate Professor of Islamic History, University of Maryland
Oct 10, 2023 at - | Class of 1955 Conference Room
Van Pelt 241

18th Annual Kolb Senior Scholars Colloquium

A Retrospective
Oct 13, 2023 at - | Widener Auditorium, PENN Museum

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