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Title: Rumanian Pioneers of Oriental Studies in the 18th Century: Dimitrie Cantemir and Ianache Văcărescu
Other Titles: رائدا الدراسات الشرقية في رومانيا خلال القرن الثامن عشر: ديمتري كانتيمير واياناش فاكاريسكو
Les pionniers romains des études orientales au XVIIIe siècle : Dimitrie Cantemir and Ianache Văcărescu
Authors: Feodorov, Ioana 
Keywords: Rumanian Pioneers
Oriental Studies
18th Century
Dimitrie Cantemir
Lanache Vacarescu
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: University of Balamand
Part of: Chronos
Issue: 28
Start page: 25
End page: 45
Due to their geographical position, the Rumanian lands have acted as a bridge
between the Near East and Central Europe since time immemorial. Located
on the fringes of the Greek-Orthodox world, they were part of the "Byzantine
Commonwealth", embracing the same spiritual values and political designs.
Entering the Turkish area of influence in the 15th century contributed to their
role as a territory of interchange between civilizations. Although absorbed into
the Ottoman Empire, the Rumanians developed a different relationship to the
Sublime Porte than that of the Western Europeans, which was mostly based
on fear and suspicion. Capable of adapting to hardships while harbouring
hopes for freedom, Rumanians embraced those customs that did not require
renouncing their Christian faith, their language, and their customs. Because
of close contacts with the Ottoman political and cultural elite, Rumanian
ruling families and court officials were in a position to observe and spread
knowledge about Muslim history and contemporary life. With the Rumanians,
Oriental studies were not born as a branch of science, but were generated by
the necessity for survival and progress under Ottoman authority.
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Type: Journal Article
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