Jean-Francois Demange (born 1789, France) is a French and Russian philologist - orientalist , the first teacher of Arabic and Persian languages at St. Petersburg University .
|fr Jean-François Demange|
|Date of Birth|
|Place of work||St. Petersburg University , |
Educational Department of Oriental Languages MFA
He studied Arabic in Paris. On the initiative of S. S. Uvarov , trustee of the Petersburg school district at the Main Pedagogical Institute , which was soon transformed into Petersburg University , the study of Oriental languages was launched. The training authorities turned to the French scholar Sylvester de Sacy , as an authority in his specialty, with a request to indicate worthy teachers of Arabic and Persian languages. De Sacy pointed to his two best students, F. B. Charmois and Demange, who were invited to St. Petersburg. From September 1, 1817, Demange occupied the Arabic language department at the Pedagogical Institute and after his conversion to the university in 1819, he retained this department.
From 1820 he also taught Arabic at the Oriental Languages Department of the Asian Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs .
In 1822, after the defeat of the best teaching forces of the university, D. P. Runich , left the department at the university and continued service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he worked until 1839. As a teacher, the opposite reviews are preserved. N. I. Veselovsky wrote about him as a man indifferent to his subject. However, V. V. Grigoriev spoke of him as an excellent teacher. No scientific papers left.
- Demange, Jean-Francois // Russian Biographical Dictionary : in 25 volumes. - SPb. - M. , 1896-1918.
- Fück J. Die arabischen Studien in Europe. - Leipzig, 1955. - S. 156.