Francesca Romana Romani

francescaromana.romani@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click to read the Curriculum Vitae


 

 

Position

  • Adjunct Professor of Arabic Language and Literature

 

Research fields

  • History of Islam and Islamic medicine
  • Bioethics
  • Lexicology and Lexicography - Corpus analysis of Arabic medical texts (tagging, concordances of technical terms, identification of cross-references).

 

Ongoing projects

  •  Current issues in Islamic bioethics: the confrontation of Islam with modernity has raised some highly debated issues, especially in fields such as bioethics, where recipes from Classical juridical manuals are of course not directly applicable; my research aims to catalog current debated issues in this area and most relevant solutions drawing from fatwas and other public pronunciations by Islamic law experts.
  • Tagging models of Classical Arabic medical texts: annotation of Classical Arabic medical texts for lexical corpora is not yet a current practice neither in Islamic studies nor in lexicographic research; my project’s end is to define a reasonably complete tagset, compliant with the Text Encoding Initiative standards, to tag all relevant information in such texts 
  • Defining a wordlist of Arabic medical terms: specialized lexicon of Arabic medicine, both Classical and modern, has been only sparsely recorded, and often in reference works more or less detached from current practice (Unified Medical Dictionary, Hitti Dictionary); an urgent task is to compile a wordlist of currently used medical technical terms together with definitions and English (and Italian) translations

 

Selected publications and working papers

  • F.R. ROMANI, “Sull’origine del modello islamico di ospedale”, Medicina nei Secoli2002, 14.1: 69-99

  • F.R. ROMANI, “Per un’etica del corpo nell’islam: dal medioevo alla chirurgia dei trapianti”, Medicina nei Secoli 2008, 20.1: 269-294.

  • F.R. ROMANI, Antico Islam, Storia e tesori di un’antica civiltà, White Star, Vercelli, 2008. (English translation: Ancient Islam, History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization, White Star, Vercelli, 2008).

  • F.R. ROMANI, “Per un’etica del corpo nell’islam: dal medioevo alla chirurgia dei trapianti”, Medicina nei Secoli 2008, 20.1: 269-294.

 

 

 

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