Pier Tommasino

Assistant Professor of Italian

Columbia University

Pier Mattia Tommasino (PhD, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa) is an Assistant Professor of Italian. He is a former fellow of the Institute of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures in Madrid (CSIC, 2012-2013), of the Fondazione Cini/Centro Vittore Branca (Venice, 2011-2012), and of Villa I Tatti (Harvard, Florence, 2010-2011).

His research focuses on the linguistic, textual, bibliographical and religious relations between Southern Europe and the Muslim World, especially on the Italian and Latin translations of the Qur’an, as well as on the diffusion of Italian language and books in the Muslim Mediterranean (16th/17th century).

He has been a member of the project "Islam y disidencia religiosa en la España moderna: entre la Reforma protestante y la católica", directed by Mercedes García-Arenal, (CSIC, Madrid). He is a member of the project "Oltre la Guerra Santa, Beyond the Holy War, Christian-Muslim Relations between 15th and XIXth century", led by Giuseppe Marcocci, Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa), as well as of the project "ISLAMOLATINA, Latin translations of the Koran and Islamic-Christian Controversy Literature", led by José Martínez Gázquez (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona). He is also member of the ERC funded project "Conversion, Overlapping Religiosities, Polemics,  Interaction. EarlyModern Iberia and Beyond", led by Mercedes García-Arenal (Madrid, CSIC).