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The Teaching and Learning of Arabic in Early Modern Europe

This project is dedicated to the Teaching and Learning of Arabic in Early Modern Europe. In a number of events, publications and online-documentations we are discussing and presenting the European discovery of the Arabic language. The project is based at the Warburg Institute, London, and is lead by Professor Charles Burnett, Dr Jan Loop and Dr Nuria Martínez de Castilla Muñoz.

At the centre of this individual project is our repository and the historical map of Arabic teachers in early modern Europe. The repository is developed together with the Information Services at the University of Kent and with the Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe (CHASE) at the Warburg Institute. Dr Berthold Kress (The Warburg Institute, London) and Dr Nuria Martínez de Castilla Muñoz are responsible for the setting up and the populating of the database

Arabic Teacher Repository

The database gives information about academic and private teachers of Arabic in early modern Europe. The entries give name and life dates of the teachers, details about institutions where they learned and thaught Arabic, names and dates of students, and details of publications and bibliographical information. The Arabic Teacher Repository is linked with an interactive map that illustrates the spread of Arabic studies in early modern Europe.

Symposium and Book

On Saturday, 16 November, the conference on ‘The Learning and Teaching of Arabic in Early Modern Europe’ was held at the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden. Speakers were Arnoud Vrolijk, Asaph Ben-Tov, Alexander Bevilacqua, Aurélien Girard, Mercedes García Arenal, and Mordechai Feingold, with an introduction and conclusion by Jan Loop. The publication of a comprehensive monograph on the topic is also in preparation

Exhibition and Catalogue

The conference on the Learning and Teaching of Arabic was complementing and supplementing an exhibition at the Leiden Museum of Antiquities (5 September 2013 to 2 March, 2014). The exhibition Voortrefflelijk en Waardig. 400 jaar Arabische Studies in Nederland as curated by Dr Arnoud Vrolijk and Dr Richard van Leeuwen. They also wrote a beautiful catalogue to the exhibition.