Prof. Alessandro Bausani
Augusto met Alessandro Bausani
in 1962 as soon as he returned from East Africa.
They were both elected as members of the first
National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahà'ì
followers in Italy.
Alessandro Bausani was an extraordinary Academic
as can be seen from the notes below. Between the
two a relationship of great friendship was established
despite the great cultural diversity; Augusto
being a man in the field and Bausani a great Academic,
member of the Accademia dei Lincei. They were
both keen on the truth and research.
They held together some conferences at the Accademia
Tiberina. They were both fond of a good laugh
and often during their meetings they would end
up in uncontrollable sessions of dying from laughter.
Alessandro Bausani wrote the beautiful introduction
to Augusto's book "L'Islam e il Corano".
Their friendship continued up to Bausani's premature
passing on which was for Augusto an enormous personal
loss. He continued to hold dear his memory of
the times spent with Bausani and he often spoke
about them with his family. Now they are certainly
together in those worlds of God in which they
both firmly believed.
In the photograph they are together at one of
their many conferences.
Professor of Languages and Persian Literature
firstly and then of Islamic studies at "La
Sapienza" University in Rome; tenured university
lecturer of History of the Religions and Professor
of Middle and Far East History and Philosophy
at the University of the Oriental in Naples;
national Member of the Accademia dei Lincei.
A profound expert of the Oriental world and
a linguist of a rare philological insight, "
of a refined literary sensitivity and religious
historian" (F. Gabrieli), " he had
an encyclopaedic culture
..But in his profession
he made use of it as a modest, necessary initiation
to the world in which he dealt, well aware of
its complexity and multi-sidedness. He acted
upon a choice. He preferred not to complete
a single question if this lead to the ignoring
of other problems
.He believed in the possibility
of having new ideas such to make topical any
discovery that could become usable on the economy
of our lives (B.M. Scarcia Amoretti).
An author of numerous volumes, here are a few
mentioned: The entire bibliography is found
in "La bisaccia dello Sheikh", Venice
1981: "Corano" translated from Arabic,
Florence 1955 - "Testi religiosi zoroastriani".
Rome 1957 - "Persia Religiosa, da Zaratustra
a Bahà'u'llàh", Milan 1959
- "Storia della letteratura persiana",
Florence - Milan 1960 - "Buddha",
Chiasso 1973 - "L'Islam", Milan 1980.
1) "la Fede baha'i e l'unità
del genere umano" by A. Bausani
2) "Una rosa d'oriente"
by Alessandro Bausani