ERC Advanced Grant at the Institute for South-East European Studies (ISEES) of the Romanian Academy
Early Arabic Printing for the Arabic-Speaking Christians
Cultural Transfers between Eastern Europe and the Ottoman Near East in the 18th Century
The Project members are researching the context and the outcomes of printing liturgical, patristic, and polemical works in Arabic, in the 18th century, in the Ottoman provinces of the Eastern Mediterranean, for the Christian Arabs who followed the Byzantine rite and for the Catholics. They are achieving an in-depth analysis of the connections between the Romanian Principalities and other East-European states, on one hand, and the Arabic-speaking Christians of the Ottoman Empire, on the other, in the perspective of the social progress brought to the Near East by the printing culture, to which the Romanians essentially contributed. First, the research focuses on the printing-technology transfer from Wallachia and Moldavia to the Eastern lands governed by the Sublime Porte, for the benefit of the Arabic-speaking Christians. Second, a systematic, commented catalog will be prepared for the Arabic books printed between 1701 and 1800 in the Romanian Principalities, in present-day Syria and Lebanon, and the neighboring countries.