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Reading the Qur'an Backwards: Arabic and Islamic Studies in Seventeenth-Century Italy

a lecture with Pier Mattia Tommasino, Columbia University

Lecture held Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 4-6pm in the RLL Commons.

This paper is an exercise in the history of reading and textual production across early
modern Europe and the Muslim world. Through the analysis of a very short and fascinating miscellaneous manuscript, I aim to disentangle the complex and intertwined relations between European orientalism, Italian intellectual history and Muslim exegesis of the Qur’an in seventeenth-century Florence. Despite its fragmentary nature,
the material, linguistic and doctrinal features of this miscellaneous manuscript
shed a new light on the scholarly practices of the early modern world. This document,
I argue, offers an in-depth understanding of a crucial moment in the development of European orientalism.
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Map Modern Languages Building - RLL Commons (4th floor)

October 2017

4:00pm - 6:00pm

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