Istituto per l'Oriente Carlo Alfonso Nallino
19, via Alberto Caroncini - 00197 Rome (Italy)
Tel. 06.808.41.06 - Fax. 06.807.93.95
The Istituto per l'Oriente Carlo Alfonso Nallino (IPOCAN) was founded in March 1921 by a group of ambassadors, senior civil servants and university professors of Oriental studies, to give Italy a valuable research institution devoted to the Near and Middle East (which was going to have a different rearrangement after World War I). In 1982 its name was changed in honour of one of its founders, Carlo Alfonso Nallino, whose library and whose house was donated to the Institute, through his daughter Maria. From the beginning, the sphere of reference for the Institute's work has always been the Near and Middle East, and particularly the Islamic countries.
The Institute has worked without a break for 92 years, standing as a benchmark for Italian researches in its area of study.
Essential personal scientific contributions have been made by members of the Institute, which mainly pertain to a number of universities and research centers, both Italian (Roma, Napoli, Venezia, Pisa, Milano, Torino, Bologna, Palermo, Lecce, Cagliari in particular) and foreign.
The Institute publishes monographs on the Middle East and scientific journals, first of all Oriente Moderno (vol. I, 1921 – XCII, 2012) has always been an indispensable tool for study and information regarding issues of relevance to the Near and Middle East. From 2013 the journal will be printed and distributed in cooperation with the publishing house Brill of Leiden (The Netherlands).
The Institute is also the editor, in collaboration with the University of Naples "L'Orientale", of the Rassegna di Studi Etiopici, the only magazine in the world since 1941 dedicated to the Ethiopian studies. These "historical" journals were complemented since 2002 by Eurasian Studies – in collaboration with the Orientalisches Institut der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, dedicated to the area stretching from the Balkans to Central Asia, including the eastern Mediterranean, the Anatolia, the Near East and Iran from the beginning of Islam since the First World War –, since 2007 by the journal Quaderni di Studi Arabi n. s., dedicated to classical Islamic studies, and from 2011 by ArabLit, a magazine of Arabic modern and contemporary literary studies (online open access).
The Library is open to the public from Monday to Friday (9.00-13.00) and in the afternoons on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (15.30-18.30). It is rich in more than 35 000 volumes and 300 periodicals and is today the largest Italian collection of specialized texts historical, political, socio-economic and literature on the Middle East (mainly Islamic) modern and contemporary.
In addition to the main Library, are available to the public, the turkish Fund “Ettore Rossi”, the Islamic Fund “Carlo Alfonso and Maria Nallino”, riches in thousands of books, sometimes extremely rare, which currently are in the process of cataloging in accordance with indexing information of the Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale, SBN (Italian National Library Service, http://www.sbn.it). The journals have been filed also the site of the Catalogo Italiano dei Periodici (Italian Catalogue of Periodicals, ACNP, http://acnp.unibo.it/cgi-ser/start/it/cnr/fp.html).
Other institutional activities include:
- its library service
- the organisation of courses in Arabic, Turkish, and Persian, and Islamic culture.
Other areas of research are:
- research into the history, politics and culture of the countries in the area
- catalogues of Islamic manuscripts.
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