Foreign fighters have been the subject of studies and dossiers by highly accredited institutions. Yet there is a risk that this analysis, although very complex, has stopped at the sociological explanations, which are necessary but not sufficient to explain the phenomenon to its full extent, because the thrust of the religious motivation can not be avoided. The history and the facts require it.Chiara Pellegrino
The sequence of acts that have caused bloodshed in Egypt is an expression of the unstable and violent season that sees the country squeezed between the infiltration of ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Sisi. The jihadists aim to construct an authentically Islamic system. The Brotherhood seeks to destabilise the government, enforcing indiscriminate repression that will eventually suffocate society's positive energies.Michele Brignone
A year after the investiture of “Caliph” Ibrahim, ISIS has become an ominously familiar presence, yet we still lack a true understanding of what it really is. It is a difficulty that reveals a tangle of unresolved issues in Islam and the West.Michele Brignone
According to UN estimates, more than 250 thousand have died, at least 11 thousand children have been killed, 5 million people have found refuge abroad and 7 million are internally displaced. Nevertheless, the violence raging in Syria has not erased all signs of humanity. Roberto Simona of Aid to the Church in Need visited Syria recently and tells of the meetings with people who are suffering and wounded, but still resistant and hopeful.Roberto Simona
The testimony and the call for help by a Dominican nun in Mosul: how the Christian communities in the plain of Nineveh have been victims of Isis’ terrorist violence, the “infidels” have been expelled from their homes, a systematic genocide of Christians is being carried out and an artistic and historical heritage is being destroyed.Sister Diana Momeka
“What sense is a flower that grows in the desert? Yet beautiful flowers bloom where it seems that no one can see them. Only God knows the meaning of these flowers. But a reason most definitely exists.” Words spoken almost in a whisper by Monsignor Ignazio Bedini, a Salesian, the bishop emeritus of Isfahan of the Latins, at his home in Tehran. A thought that seems almost to have escaped from the...Marialaura Conte
Mosul’s falling into the Caliph’s vicelike grip has been only the most recent black page in the history of Christian persecution in Iraq. Beginning about a century ago, the exodus of Christians has reached a point of no return. The unsustainable number of refugees and their individual stories so full of absurd pain but also the will to start again, are evidence of a process that is changing the Middle East’s “ecosystem,” now at the mercy of nihilistic forms of sectarianism. With repercussions for the West, as well.Marialaura Conte
The Oasis International Foundation, in co-operation with the Cariplo Foundation, organizes a public conference under the title: The Tablet and the Crescent: Islam and the West Tested by the Media Thursday April 14th, 6 pm at San Fedele Foundation [Piazza San Fedele 4, Milan] Speakers: Mustafa Akyol, columnist of the New York Times; Gilles Kepel, political scientist, Sciences...
Islam at the Crossroads.
Tradition, Reform and Jihad
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