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Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern European Scholarship

International Conference at the University of Kent, Canterbury, 1-2 July 2016 (KLT 4)

Organised by Jan Loop and Charles Burnett


A conference to celebrate the drawing to an end of the HERA 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.

Please register for free here.



Friday, 1 July

10.30 Registration and coffee

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)’

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Benjamin Hübbe, ‘Vestigia Coffeae: Early Modern Controversies over the Traces of Coffee in the Bible’

14.45 Richard van Leeuwen, ‘The Thousand and One Nights and Orientalism in 18th-Century European Literature’

15.30 Visit to Canterbury Cathedral

19.30 Conference 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

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’

13.30 Lunch

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

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

16.00 Tea

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

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

18.00 Final drinks