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The Professor Federico Corriente Chair: First edition. Remembering the master

From June 03, 2022 until June 16, 2022The event will be held on June 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Casa Árabe Ambassadors’ Hall and Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). The event will be held on June 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Limited seating. You must sign up in advance to attend.
In Spanish.

On June 16, the seminar and launch of the annual conference created to acknowledge the figure of Professor Federico Corriente will be held in Madrid on the second anniversary of his death. You may now register to attend.

Professor Federico Corriente Córdoba (Granada, November 14, 1940 - Zaragoza, June 16, 2020) was the Arabist of greatest repute both inside and outside of our borders. With a solid academic background in the field of Semitic languages and literature, especially in Arabic, he is the indisputable master of Moorish Arabic studies, though his rich scientific works encompass a broad spectrum of topics: linguistics in general and dialect studies and lexicography in particular, along with paremiology, the study and translation of texts of various types in several languages, as well as the editing of historical, literary and scientific texts, along with other contributions.

Casa Árabe, with the cooperation of the Universities of Zaragoza, Cadiz and Cordoba, and in recognition of the importance of this figure in Spanish and international Arabism, has created the “Professor Federico Corriente Chair” in order to allow his memory and scientific activity live on. This professorship will consist of a regular event within Casa Árabe’s schedule of activities, organized in collaboration with a scientific committee, alternating between Madrid and Cordoba, and the hosting of a conference each year by renowned specialists in Al-Andalus Studies in particular and Arab Studies in general. Its purpose is to pay tribute to one of the greatest figures in Spanish Arabism, Professor Federico Corriente.

This first edition, “Remembering the Master,”to be presented and launched by the Chair on the second anniversary of Professor Corriente’s death, will be of a somewhat special nature and is devoted to remembering him in terms of both his personal and academic (teaching and research) lives amongst all those with whom he maintained a close relationship of friendship and collaboration. It will include a seminar on his contributions and scientific career, followed by a meeting dedicated to remembering him as a person, with the participation of family members, disciples and colleagues.

The seminar will be held in the Casa Árabe Ambassadors’ Hall at 10:00 a.m. and will include the participation of Alberto Montaner (University of Zaragoza), Ángeles Vicente (University of Zaragoza), Ahmed Salem Ould Mohamed Baba (Universidad Complutense) and Ignacio Ferrando (University of Cadiz). After the colloquium, the meeting and presentation of the Chair will take place in the Casa Árabe Auditorium.

The commemoration ceremony will be opened by Irene Lozano Domingo, Casa Árabe’s General Director, and Juan Gil, a full member of the Spanish Royal Academy. Scheduled to speak during the section for sharing impressions and experiences of colleagues and disciples are Maravillas Aguiar (University of La Laguna), Hossain Bouzineb (Mohamed V University of Rabat), José Javier Iso (University of Zaragoza), Dolores Serrano-Niza (University of La Laguna), Salustio Alvarado (Universidad Complutense), María Antonia Martín Zorraquino (University of Zaragoza), María Ángeles Gallego (CSIC, Madrid), José Martínez Delgado (University of Granada) and Pedro Chalmeta (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

The event will draw to a close with a presentation of the Chair by Juan Pedro Monferrer, from the University of Cordoba, with the participation of Asunción Ferreras, Federico Corriente’s wife.

The “Professor Federico Corriente Chair” scientific committee
Jordi Aguadé (University of Cadiz)
Joaquín Bustamante (University of Cadiz)
María José Cervera (University of Zaragoza)
Ignacio Ferrando (University of Cadiz)
Juan Pedro Monferrer Sala (University of Cordoba)
Alberto Montaner (University of Zaragoza)
Ahmed Ould Mohamed Baba (Universidad Complutense)
Ángeles Vicente (University of Zaragoza)

Federico Corriente Córdoba
With a bachelor’s degree and PhD in Semitic Philology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Federico Corriente was an honorary professor at the University of Zaragoza, where he had been a professor of Arabic Language and Literature (1976-1986 and 1991-2011) and professor emeritus (2011-2015), as well as a numerary member of the Spanish Royal Academy (2017- 2020, Chair K).

Corriente also held the Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Universidad Complutense (1986-1991). Before that, from 1962 to 1965, he directed the Spanish Cultural Center, dependent upon Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Cairo, Egypt. From 1962 to 1968, he taught Spanish and Semitic Linguistics and Hebrew at Muhammad V University in Rabat (Morocco), and from 1972 to 1976 he was a professor of Semitic Linguistics, Ethiopian and Arabic at Dropsie University in Philadelphia (USA).

Having authored over 40 books, 190 articles and 50 reviews, he published, among other works, several Arabic-Spanish and Spanish-Arabic dictionaries, as well as other texts with teaching materials (Arabic Grammar, Introduction to Arabic Grammar and Texts and Arabic Vocabulary by Level). He was also the author of many translations from Arabic and Ethiopian, as well as performing Semitic and Arabic research and creating editions of Arabic texts.

As of 1992, Federico Corriente was a corresponding member of the Arabic Language Academy in Cairo. In addition to others, he received an award from the Ministry of Culture of the Arab Republic of Egypt for the best edition of Arabic texts for the Dīwān of Ibn Quzmān, in 1995. He held an honorary PhD from the University of La Laguna.

He died on June 16, 2020 at the age of 79.

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