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.
Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations today launched the first event of the Modern Egyptian Studies Forum. Alexander Kitroeff of Haverford College discussed his book The Greeks and the Making of Modern Egypt (American University in Cairo Press, 2019). Penn panelists were Dr.
Mina was nominated by the department for his outstanding work in the field of Middle Eastern Literatures & Societies.
The preservation of important sites and artifacts critical to the heritage and history of Iraq – and indeed, the world – is a passion of Dr. Richard Zettler. The US Department of State agreed, awarding him and PENN alum Dr.
Work continues on the Egyptian Gallery, but the Sphinx is in his permanent home. The new Sphinx Gallery, created by removing and covering the 1915 stairs to the Harrison Auditorium, will also house objects from each curatorial section, regularly rotated displays of a single highlighted object in an elegant small circular space, and a comfortable visitor seating and orientation area, as well as a new passenger elevator.Relocated Sphinx
This book examines relations between Muslims, Christians and Jews in the Ottoman Middle East before World War I.