Encounters with the Orient (EOS)

This project examines the exchange of knowledge and of ideas between Europe and the Orient from 1580 and 1800, including the conceptual transformations which this encounter initiated in Biblical studies, the study of religions, in the teaching and learning of Arabic and other Oriental languages, in literature and poetry, and in historical and anthropological thinking. The project is led by the Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe (CHASE) at the Warburg Institute, London, and it involves six academic and a number of non-academic partners in four European countries.

Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern European Scholarship (EOS) is a joint research project, funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) under the scheme Cultural Encounters. It was awarded nearly € 1M over three years, starting in September 2013. The project involves 6 academic and 3 non-academic partners, in the UK (Professor Charles Burnett, Warburg and Dr Jan Loop, University of Kent), Germany (Professor Bernd Roling, FU Berlin, Professor Martin Mulsow, Erfurt University, Literaturhaus Berlin), The Netherlands (Professor Gerard Wiegers, University of Amsterdam, Leiden University library, National Museum of Antiquities), and Finland (Professor Outi Merisalo, University of Jyväskylä). CHASE/The Warburg Institute is the Lead Institution. The project was one of 16 successful applications out of ca. 600.

The project start was on 5 September, and it was launched with the opening of the exhibition 400 Years of Arabic Studies in the Netherlands at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden. (http://www.rmo.nl/english/), which is partly funded by HERA. On 16 November 2014, an international symposium was held at the Rijdsmuseum van Oudheden on The Learning and Teaching of Arabic in Early Modern Europe.

Complete information on the project can be found at the University of Kent's website here.

 

 

 

 

      

 

 

The Collaborative Research Project is lead by Professor Charles Burnett and Dr Jan Loop, and it aims to document the scholarly encounter with the Orient between 1580 and 1800. It will

  • describe how the exchange of knowledge and of ideas between Europe and the Orient was organised and structured,
  • follow and compare the conceptual transformations which this encounter has initiated in Biblical studies, the study of religions, in the teaching and learning of Arabic and other Oriental languages, in literature and poetry, and in historical and anthropological thinking, and
  • document the change from a religious to a cultural perspective on Oriental societies. The project will fund a series of conferences, exhibitions and workshops over the three-year period.

 The Collaborative Research Project is lead by Professor Charles Burnett and Dr Jan Loop, and it aims to document the scholarly encounter with the Orient between 1580 and 1800. It will 1) describe how the exchange of knowledge and of ideas between Europe and the Orient was organised and structured, 2) follow and compare the conceptual transformations which this encounter has initiated in Biblical studies, the study of religions, in the teaching and learning of Arabic and other Oriental languages, in literature and poetry, and in historical and anthropological thinking, and 3) document the change from a religious to a cultural perspective on Oriental societies. The project will fund a series of conferences, exhibitions and workshops over the three-year period.

By focusing mainly on the Protestant part of Europe, this project singles out the Reformation and its aftermath as the central driver of early modern scholarly encounters with the Orient. Religious tensions, contests and alliances between the Christian sectarian groups and confessions were powerful catalysts for the refinement of the study of Hebrew and the discovery of its cognates Arabic, Samaritan, Syriac, Chaldaic, and Ethiopic, the huge collections of manuscripts in theses languages, translations of Oriental literature, the exploration and description of Oriental everyday culture and the interest in artefacts and antiquities from the East.

The project start was on 5 September, and it was launched with the opening of the exhibition 400 Years of Arabic Studies in the Netherlands at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden.(http://www.rmo.nl/english/), which is partly funded by HERA. On 16 November 2014, an international symposium was held at the Rijdsmuseum van Oudheden on The Learning and Teaching of Arabic in Early Modern Europe (http://400yearsarabic.weebly.com/learning-arabic.html)