Sébastien Moureau

Frances A. Yates Long-Term Fellow

MA, Classical Philology, University of Louvain, Belgium
MA, Oriental Philology (Arabic, Hebrew, Sanskrit), University of Louvain, Belgium
PhD, Classical and Oriental Philologies, University of Louvain, Belgium

Sébastien Moureau is a Frances A. Yates Long-term Fellow at the Warburg Institute. He studied classical philology and oriental philology at the University of Louvain in Belgium. His PhD was the study, the critical edition and the annotated translation of the alchemical De anima of Pseudo-Avicenna, the Latin translation and compilation of three lost Arabic treatises written between the third quarter of the eleventh century and the middle of the thirteenth century. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Atelier Vincent de Beauvais (now the IRHT, previously the Université Nancy2), and then at the University of Louvain.

Sébastien Moureau’s research is mainly focused on the transmission of the so-called occult sciences from the Arab-Muslim world to the Latin West in the Middle Ages, with a special regard to alchemy. His research at the Warburg Institute centres on the sources of the Rutbat al-ḥakīm, an alchemical treatise written between 950 and 953 AD in al-Andalus by Maslama b. Qāsim al-Qurṭubī, the author of the Ghāyat al-ḥakīm / Picatrix.

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