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Carlo Saccone

Associate Professor

Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Academic discipline: L-OR/15 Persian Language and Literature

Curriculum vitae



Born in Padua 1952, Carlo Saccone studied Eastern Languages and Literatures (Persian, Arabic, Pashto) at the University of Venice, where he graduated in 1977, and Political Sciences at the University of Padua, where he graduated in 1987. From 1993 to 2001 he was a professor of Islamic Culture at the ISR (Istituto di Scienze Religiose) of Trento and lived mostly in Germany; since 1999 he has been a professor of History of Islamic Countries at the University of Padua;  since 2002 he has been a researcher, and since september 2014 Associate Professor,  in Persian language and literature at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures of the University of Bologna.

He travelled in Middle East countries visiting several times Palestine, Turkey, Jordan, Maroc, Syria, Iran, Uzbekistan, Algeria, Afghanistan, and also Pakistan, India, Nepal and Ceylon. 

He is mostly interested in the Persian medieval literature, especially in the interaction between medieval poetry and religious (mystical) themes.

Fields of research: Persian mystical poetry; Persian treatises on Sufism (tasawwuf. ‘irfan); Persian romance, the Koran and the Biblical tradition; geopolitical problems of modern Islam.

-Since 1989 he has been writing reviews of books on Islamic subjects in “Studia Patavina. Rivista di Scienze Religiose”, published by the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy.  

-Since the late 90ies he has been writing articles on geopolitical problems in various magazines and mostly in “QT Questo Trentino (web site with archive:

-Since 2002 researcher in Persian language and literature  at the Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature Straniere, University of Bologna 

-Since 2008 he has been the editor of “Quaderni di Studi Indo-Mediterranei” (QSIM), a review on religious-historical, literary, artistic subjects with a cross-cultural approach. Web site:

-Since march 2011 he has been the editor of the new e-archive "Archivi di Studi Indo-Mediterranei" (ASIM). with a larger range of topics (including geo-political problems), web site:  www.archivindomed.altervista.otg

-Since 2012 he has been coordinator of Centro Essad Bey (CEB) which promotes the two series: "Bactriana. Collana di Studi Indo-Mediterranei"   and  "Kharabat, Collana di letterature orientali" 

- since 2014 associate professor in "Lingua e letteratura persiana" at Dipartmento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture Moderne (LILEC) of University of Bologna

-in 2014 he won the Book World Prize (Ketab-e sal-e jahani) for translating into italian the works by Hafez of Shiraz (3 volumes, published by Carocci Roma 2003-2011)

-Since 2015 member of the Managing Board of the Research Center on "Filologia e Medievistica Indo-Mediterranea" (FIMIM)

-Since 2016 member of the scientific committee of "Quaderni di Filologia Romanza" (QFR) eds. Andrea Fassò e Francesco Benozzo

-In 2017 he was awarded the prize for "Mediterranean Culture" - Translation Section, awarded by the CARICAL Foundation

-in 2018 he was awarded the prize for Extraordinary Career Award for translation by theMinistero dei Beni Culturali

-in 2018 founder with Nahid Norozi (FIMIM) of the internationa project IDA (Immagini e Deformazioni dell'Altro), in collaboration with some distinguished scholars and researchers of Indo-Mediterranean Universities (Istanbul, Kairo, Tehran, Blida, Rabat, Yerevan, Sarajevo, Baku)

Member of the SIE  Societas Iranologia Europaea 2018-2020

since 2019 he has been a member of the scientific committee of QFR - Quaderni di Filologia Romanza directed by Andrea Fassò and Francesco Benozzo, and of the series Biblioteca Medievale, directed by Mario Mancini

since 2020 he has been a member of the scientific committee of the "Ferdows" series of WriteUp Edizioni, directed by Nahid Norozi

since 2020 he has been a member of the scientific committee of the series  "Biblioteca Medevale", Edizioni Carocci, directed by Mario Mancini

since 2021 he has been a member of the scientific committee of the series "Il cavaliere del leone" by Edizioni dell'Orso, directed by Andrea Fassò.

Since 2021 he has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Iranian magazine Adabiyyat-e 'Erfani (Mystical Literature), directed by Prof. Mayam Hoseini, of Al-Zahra University in Tehran.

Since 2021 he has been a member of the Advisory Board of the "Trancultural Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences” (TJHSS), pubblicata al Cairo dalla BUC – Badr University of Cairo e diretta da Hussein Mahmoud Hamouda

He is in good health, apart from an accentuated myopia.