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‘Demonstrating on the Outside’ and ‘Reviving on the Inside’. The Oriental School of Rome and the Reorganisation of Oriental Studies in Italy

Alice Crisanti    Sapienza Università di Roma, Italia    

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This paper aims to retrace a piece of the history of Oriental Studies in Rome and, more broadly, in Italy in the first years of the 20th century. Starting from unpublished documents, it chronicles the events related to the establishment of the Oriental School at the University of Rome (1904) and the subsequent reorganisation effort its professors – directed by I. Guidi – had hoped for. This attempt was the occasion for F.L. Pullé, in his role of member of the High Council for Public Education, to draw up a detailed report on Italian Oriental Studies which put forth a series of concrete proposals for a more general renewal of this field. In addition to allowing a better understanding of the history of Roman – and, more generally, Italian – Oriental Studies, the events recounted herein are emblematic of a broader effort, sustained by the same Orientalists since the mid-nineteenth century, to give a recognisable identity and a unitary orientation to a diverse group of disciplines.

Published
June 30, 2022
Accepted
April 5, 2022
Submitted
Feb. 21, 2022
Language
IT

Keywords: Ignazio GuidiHistory of Oriental Studies in ItalyGraziadio Isaia AscoliLodovico NocentiniPost-Unification ItalyFrancesco Lorenzo PulléCelestino SchiaparelliAngelo De GubernatisOriental School at University of RomeHistory of Italian Culture

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