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Rossella De Luca, M.A.

Research Associate in the Dahlem International Network Junior Research Group "Arabic Philology and Textual Practices in the Early Modern Period"

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Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies

Arabic Studies

Research Associate External Funds

Junior Research Group "Arabic Philology and Textual Practices in the Early Modern Period"

Address
Fabeckstraße 23-25
14195 Berlin

Rossella De Luca was a Research Associate in the Dahlem International Network Junior Research Group "Arabic Philology and Textual Practices in the Early Modern Period", led by Prof. Dr. Islam Dayeh and supported by the Freie Universität Berlin within the framework of the Deutschen Forschungsgesellschaft Excellence Initiative.



Academic Biography

July-September 2021

 Erzog-Ernst Scholarship at the Gotha Research Center, University of Erfurt.

September - November 2020

Research Assistant within the framework of the STIBET funding program for international doctoral students and postdocs of the DAAD

September 2018 - January 2019

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Doha (Qatar)-PROMOS scholarship - Intensive Arabic Language Course at an Advanced Level / Basics of Lebanese Dialect - Course on “Theories of Comparative Literature”

2016-2019 Editorial Assistant, Philological Encounters (Brill)
September 2016 Modern Standard Arabic language course, Qalam wa Lawh, Center for Arabic Studies, Rabat, Morocco.
December 2015 - July 2019 Research Associate in the Research Group "Arabic Philology and Textual Practices in the Early Modern Period", led by Prof. Dr. Islam Dayeh.
March 2015 MA "Translation and Interpreting" (English and Arabic), University of Salento, Lecce, Italy.
November 2013-March 2014 World Model United Nations 2014, preparatory course (University of Salento) and Internship, New York, USA.
August 2013 Intensive course in Translation Technology, Imperial College, London, UK.
November 2012 BA "Linguistic Mediation" (English and Arabic), University of Salento, Lecce, Italy.


Research assistance at the JRG

February - July 2019 Research on "Baḥth al-maṭālib wa ḥathth al-ṭālib" by the archbishop of Aleppo Jirmānūs Farḥāt.
December 2015 - November 2018 Research on "Philology and the Nation in the Thought of Jurjī Zaydān".


Lectures in winter 2017/18

Lectures in summer 2017

  • 14299 Lektürekurs
    Arabic Press in the 19th Century (Rossella De Luca)
    Zeit: Di 14:00-16:00 (Erster Termin: 18.04.2017)
    Ort: 1.2058 Seminarraum (Fabeckstr. 23-25)

Lectures in winter 2016/17

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    Modern Histories of Arabic Literature (Rossella De Luca)
    Zeit: Di 14:00-16:00, zusätzliche Termine siehe LV-Details (Erster Termin: 18.10.2016)
    Ort: 1.2058 Seminarraum; 22.11.2016: JK 26/101

Lectures in summer 2016

Jirmānūs Farḥāt’s (1670-1732) Philological Approach to the Arabic Language and Maronite Scholarship across the Mediterranean

In her doctoral research, Rossella De Luca investigates the ways in which Arabic was taught and learned in the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire during the 17th and 18th centuries, specifically among the Maronite community in Bilād al-Shām. She focuses on the grammar book Baḥth al-maṭālib wa ḥathth al-ṭālib by the archbishop of Aleppo Jirmānūs Farḥāt (1670-1732) and on the ascetic poem Al-muthallathāt al-durriyya in both manuscript and early print formats. By looking at Farḥāt’s production in general and his works on the Arabic language in particular, the research highlights the author’s role in the scholarly debates on the Arabic language in the Levant and embeds him in a wider network of Maronite scholars across the Mediterranean. Furthermore, by surveying manuscripts and early prints, the research corroborates the idea of print as a factor of continuity, where early prints developed from and overlapped with the manuscript tradition.



Conferences and Workshops Co-organization

13th - 15th July 2017

Staff member and moderator at the Conference “What was Philology in Arabic?” organized by Prof. Dr. Islam Dayeh - Freie Universitӓt Berlin

14th - 16th June 2017

Co-organizer of a two-week project “Texts as Objects and Images” with Prof. Dr. Dana Sajdi (Boston College) within the framework of the Dahlem Junior Host Program - Freie Universitӓt Berlin



Research interests

  • Arabic Philology
  • Maronite History
  • Intellectual History
  • Comparative Literature

Articles

2021 "The Engagement of Nineteenth-Century Scholars with Jirmānūs Farḥāt’s Baḥth al-Maṭālib: An Early Modern Textbook for Ottoman Schools". Philological Encounters, vol.6, issue 3-4, 2021, 470-503.


Talks

2021 "Arabic Philology and the Circulation of Books among the Maronites between the 17th and 18th Centuries," Intellectual History Seminar, Gotha Research Center, University of Erfurt, 9th November 2021.
2021 "Jirmānūs Farḥāt: Two Pedagogical Works in Arabic Between Devotion and Philology," SeSaMo and University of Bologna, Doctoral Workshop, 20 April 2021.
2019 "Jirmānūs Farḥāt’s Baḥth al-maṭālib and its Legacy to the Language Project of the Nahḍa," Workshop ‘The Early Modern Christian Cultural and Literary Heritage in the Eyes of Nahḍa Scholars’, University of Oxford, 27
June 2019.
2018 Jirmānūs Farḥāt’s (1670-1732) Baḥth al-maṭālib: An Innovative Grammar and Its Multiple Formats," Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, 21
February 2018.
2016 "The Talisman di Walter Scott: il romanzo storico in Italia e in Egitto," Modernità arabe, University of Turin, 12 May 2016.


Editing

2022 Islam Dayeh, "Philology and Microhistory. A Conversation with Carlo Ginzburg". Philological Conversations Series, TRAFO Blog for Transregional Studies (forthcoming, 2022).