From Isis' journal ''Dabiq''

Jihadism and violence

“From Zero to Hero,” Women and Men Attracted by the Islamic State

According to a recent report from British Intelligence, in the last year, the number of Western women joining the ranks of ISIS has increased by 21 percent compared to 2014 (today they account for 10 percent of all European foreign fighters). Melanie Smith and Erin Marie Saltman, of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), revealed that women made up 10 percent of ISIS’s...

Viviana Premazzi
Haider al-Abadi

The Peoples of Islam

Iraq and the Shiite Internal Opposition

Not just ISIS: the three open fronts of the Abadi government

Giovanni Parigi

Jihadism and violence

The Difficult Attempt to Block Radicalisation in Prisons

From Camp Bucca to Paris, prison cells have often served as "incubators" of jihad – European governments are activating programmes to prevent petty criminals from turning into terrorists in prison

Rolla Scolari

Jihadism and violence

Living Under the Bombs in Raqqa

Raids by the regime, Russian attacks and the war against the Islamic State: a Syrian journalist recounts the terror of civilians trapped in the crossfire

Amer Matar, Syrian writer and journalist of Raqqa, living in Berlin

Jihadism and violence

Those Desert Terrorists Resurrecting the Middle Ages in the Maghreb

Who are AQIM and the Murabitun – at the origin of the attack in Burkina Faso

Chiara Pellegrino

Arab Revolutions

Libya, the Virtues of an Imperfect Agreement

The deal reached in December is an important step that allows to understand who is working for and who is against a political resolution

Riccardo Redaelli



Boundaries that Change Us. Europe and Islam, Current Significance of a Relationship

Relations between Europe and the Islamic world have ancient origins, but historical evolution and the changes that have assailed the Middle East in recent decades make it necessary to reflect on the development of this relationship. So what is the impact today of European civilization on the Muslim world, and vice versa? Does Europe still have something to say to the contemporary Islamic world?...

The Journal


Year 11 N.22 December 2015

The Cross and the Black Flag



Iraq’s Christians: the History of a Tempered Faith

“Esteem is born of acquaintance and with esteem come friendship and affection.” This strong conviction (expressed by the author in the preface) is the guiding force behind the book, which presents the changing situation of the Christian communities in Mesopotamia during the course of their bimillenary history: from their birth, at the end of the first century/beginning of the second century,...

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