In 1921, at the initiative of the Indologist Louis DE LA VALLÉE POUSSIN (1869-1938) and with the support of Mgr. Paulin LADEUZE (1870-1940), Rector of the University of Louvain, Belgian Orientalists have created the 'Belgian Society of Oriental Studies'. The first President was Louis DE LA VALLÉE POUSSIN himself, while the former Vice President was the Egyptologist Jean CAPART (1877-1947). The aim was to offer to the Belgian Orientalists the means and the opportunity to promote their knowledge and also to meet and exchange the results of their research.

The following accomplished individuals have assumed the presidency afterwards: Bolland and the Christian East specialist Paul PEETERS, s.j. (1891-1972), Historian and Egyptologist Jacques PIRENNE (1891-1972), Islamologist Armand ABEL (1903-1973), Egyptologist Aristide THÉODORIDÈS (1911-1994), and since 1995 the Egyptologist Christian CANNUYER assisted by two Vice-Presidents: the Islamologist Daniel DE SMET and the Hittitologist René LEBRUN.

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'Orientalists Days'

LVIth DAYS OF THE BELGIAN ORIENTALISTS

Dates : Friday and Saturday 16th-17th March 2018

Theme : Sea, ports and sailors in the Oriental Civilizations

Location : Museum Aan de Stroom (MAS), Hanzestedenplaats 1, B-2000 Antwerpen



The program of the days can be downloaded in pdf format :
Days of the Belgian Orientalists - LVIth session program


LVth DAYS OF THE BELGIAN ORIENTALISTS

Dates : Friday and Saturday 24th-25th March 2017
Theme : LES COMBATS DANS LES MYTHES ET LES LITTÉRATURES DE L'ORIENT
Location : Palais Provincial de Mons

LVth session Program

Acta Orientalia Belgica

ACTA ORIENTALIA BELGICA XXXI

LES COMBATS DANS LES MYTHES ET LES LITTÉRATURES DE L'ORIENT & MISCELLANEA ORIENTALIA ET IRANICA BELGO-POLONICA. Wojciech SKALMOWSKI in memoriam

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Papers presented at the LVth session of the Days of the Belgian Orientalists in 2017

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ACTA ORIENTALIA BELGICA XXX

DIEUX, GÉNIES, ANGES ET DÉMONS DANS LES CULTURES ORIENTALES & FLORILEGIUM INDIAE ORIENTALIS. Jean-Marie VERPOORTEN in honorem

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25th of March 2017 at the occasion of the LVth Days of the Belgian Orientalists

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Papers presented at the LIVth session of the Days of the Belgian Orientalists, 2016

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Le volume ACTA ORIENTALIA BELGICA - SUBSIDIA IV,

La girafe dans l'Égypte ancienne et le verbe sr. Étude de lexicographie et de symbolique animalière., C. Cannuyer

est sorti de presse (2010, 656 p.)


Le volume ACTA ORIENTALIA BELGICA - SUBSIDIA III,

La sacralité du texte dans le monde de l’Islam, D. De Smet, G. de Callataÿ and J.M.F. Van Reeth (éd.),
Al-Kitâb (Acts of the International Symposium held at Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve from May 29th to June 1st 2002, 2004, 434 p.)