Una lettera inedita di Eugenio Griffini nel Fondo Angela Codazzi presso la Biblioteca Sormani di Milano

  • Ali Faraj University of Milano-Bicocca


This paper aims to present an unedited original autograph letter by the orientalist Eugenio Griffini preserved in the Angela Codazzi Collection at the Central Municipal Library in Milan, known as Sormani Library. The letter, dated January 5, 1922, was written by Eugenio Griffini during his stay in Egypt as librarian and archivist at the court of King Aḥmad Fuʾād I and was addressed to Angela Codazzi.

The study focuses on the translation of the text of the letter from Arabic into Italian and on the analysis of some of the most significant terms and expressions contained therein.


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Author Biography

Ali Faraj, University of Milano-Bicocca

Ali Faraj, former professor of Semitic languages at the University of Baghdad, teaches Arabic language at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Human Sciences for Education “Riccardo Massa.”

His research interests encompass the study of Arabic inscriptions and manuscripts, incantation texts written in Arabic, Jewish Babylonian Aramaic, Mandaic and Syriac preserved in the Iraq National Museum of Baghdad as well as Arabic language, its history and its dialects, in particular those of the Mesopotamian area.

Ali can be contacted at: ali.faraj@unimib.it