René Basset

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René Basset

Cover of the Chinese Muslim prayers book
Born 24 July 1855
Died 4 January 1924(1924-01-04) (aged 68)
Occupation Linguist

René Basset (24 July 1855 – 4 January 1924) was a French orientalist, specialist of Arabic and Berber languages.


René Basset was the first director of the "École des lettres d'Alger"[1] created in 1879[1] during the French colonisation of Algeria.

A member of the société Asiatique of Paris as well as those of Leipzig and Florence, he collaborated with the Journal Asiatique and studied Chinese Islam.

André Basset and Henri Basset were his sons.




  1. 1 2 L'Économie, entre sciences humaines et sciences de la nature. Revue de l'Histoire des sciences humaines. 7. Villeneuve d'Ascq: Presses universitaires du Septentrion. 2002. p. 197. Retrieved 27 September 2016.


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