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International Conference: Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern European Scholarship

Posted: 12.06.2016

Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern European Scholarship

July 1-2, 2016

A conference to celebrate the drawing to an end of the HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) project on 'Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern European Scholarship' will be held at the University of Kent on Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2, 2016. It will bring together all the scholars, from several European Universities, who have been engaged on the project, and who will present some of the results of their research over the last three years. Their number will be augmented by further scholars who have made valuable contributions to the fields covered by the project. The lectures and discussions will take place in the Keynes Lecture Theatre, no. 4 (KLT 4), Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury.


Friday July 1

10.30 Registration

11.00 Jan Loop and Charles Burnett, Introduction

11.30 Bernard Heyberger, 'Eastern Christianity and Western Scholarship, 17-18th C.'

12.15 Nuria Martinez de Castilla Muñoz, 'Charles V and Arabic Manuscripts: the Expedition to Tunis (1535)'


1.00 Lunch


2.00 Benjamin Hübbe, 'Vestigia Coffeae: Early Modern Controversies over the Traces of Coffee in the Bible'

2.45 Richard van Leeuwen, 'The Thousand and One Nights and Orientalism in 18th-Century European Literature'


3.30 Visit to Canterbury Cathedral

7.30 Dinner


Saturday 2 July

10.00 Gerard Wiegers, 'Thomas Erpenius’s Views on Empirical and Philological Approaches'

10.45 Hilary Kilpatrick, 'Contributions from Behind the Scenes to Arabic Studies in 17th-Century Northern Europe'


11.30 Coffee

12.00 Reinhold Glei, 'Sleeping in the Cave: Zechendorff’s Latin Translation of the Qur’an (1632)'

12.45 Asaph Ben-Tov, 'Johann Conrad Schwartz (1676-1747): A Latin School Headmaster's Search for Plagiarism and Abrahamic Philosophy in the Qur'an'


1.30 Lunch


2.30 Klaus Karttunen, 'Knowledge of and Ideas about Islam in Finland from the 16th to the Early 20th Century'

3.15 Outi Merisalo, 'The Status of Arabic in some Dissertations supervised by C.A. Clewberg (1712-1765) at the Academy of Turku, Finland'


4.00 Tea

4.30 Dorrit van Dalen, 'Johannes Theunisz and Abd al-Aziz: a Romance in Arabic Studies, 1609-1610'

5.15 Bernd Roling, 'The Gothic Heritage of Cabala. Christian Cabalists in 18th Century Sweden and the History of Swedish Oriental Studies'


6.00 Final drinks