International Symposium : “The Learning and Teaching of Arabic in Early Modern Europe” — Leiden, Netherlands, 16/11/2013 – Combined with Exhibition on Arabic Scholarship in the Netherlands.

The Learning and Teaching of Arabic in Early Modern Europe
One-day Symposium at the National Museum of Antiquities

Date 16 November 2013
Location National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden), Leiden
Organised by Jan Loop (London), Charles Burnett (London) and Arnoud Vrolijk (Leiden).

This is a one-day launch symposium of the collaborative European research project Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern European Scholarship (EOS), funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) – a partnership between 21 Humanities Research Councils across Europe and the European Science Foundation (ESF).

This international symposium will explore and celebrate the methods, the scholarly significance and the institutional background of Arabic teaching and learning at early modern European academies and universities.  Two keynote lectures on the Learning of Arabic in the Netherlands and in England will frame a series of presentations by leading authorities in the history of European Arabic studies.

Speakers include; Asaph Ben-Tov (Erfurt), Alexander Bevilacqua (Princeton), Mordechai Feingold (Caltech), Mercedes García-Arenal (Madrid), Aurélien Girard (Reims) and Arnoud Vrolijk (Leiden)

The final programme and further details on the conference will be available by mid-September.

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