Roland Laffitte

Roland Laffitte is secretary of SELEFA (Société d'Études Lexicographiques et Étymologiques Françaises et Arabes), Pantin (Île-de-France), France, and editor of its Bulletin. Website: Email address: He has specialised in (i) Arabic and oriental words in European languages and (ii) ancient astronomy and the names of celestial bodies, particularly in Mesopotamian and Arabic, and he is the author of the book Héritages arabes: Des noms arabes pour les étoiles, Paris: Geuthner, 2001, Second ed. 2006. He is in charge of the global project The Sky, Our Common Heritage, and of its Research part, Star Lore in the Arab World, available in Arabic, English and French versions on the websites and

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