Universities: Center for Med Islamic studies in Calabria

Laboratorio Occhiali open to researchers from Mediterranean

12 February, 14:15

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 12 - The University of Calabria based in Arcavacata di Rende, has inaugurated the Occhiali laboratory on the Islamic Mediterranean. The aim is to create a center of studies and research on the whole area of North Africa, the Arab Near East, Turkey and the Balkans and the remaining Med countries with connections to Islam. The name of the lab, created at the department of languages and education sciences, is inspired by a famous Calabria native, Giovan Dionigi Galeni (1519-1587), who throughout his life often embodied the Mediterranean integration spirit.

    Born in Le Castella, Calabria, Galeni was imprisoned by the Turks on his native coast and enslaved on Ottoman vessels. This did not prevent him from rising socially and acquiring a high-level position in the Turkish empire, first as a corsair, then as an admiral and pasha in Algiers and bey of Tripoli. His Turkish name, Ulu Ali, turned into 'Occhiali', appeared an example to express the dynamism that has always existed in the Mediterranean and the role Calabria can have in the area.

    The Laboratorio does not intend to limit research fields but will open to all sectors of research proposed by participants.

    Historic perspectives will be encouraged, along with linguistic, political, economic, judicial, sociological, psychological and pedagogical approaches as well as multidisciplinary studies.

    The laboratory will select relevant themes of research, organize seminars, set up training and interventions on the ground cooperating with the media, local associations and cultural centres. ''The laboratory is intended to open to all Mediterranean researchers who are interested, one of the main objectives will be to set up a network of young researchers and open to cooperation with similar Italian and foreign research centres'', one of its members, Manuelita Scigliano, told ANSAmed. (ANSAmed).

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