One of the villages blown up by Boko Haram

Religions and the public sphere

And After #jesuisCharlie how do We Deal with the Muslims?

What is left after the viral and global outrage that led millions of people to the streets to express their identification with the victims of the massacre in Paris? The urgency to take the necessary steps to understand Islam and the radical challenge it poses to the West.

Marialaura Conte
Foto: Brigitte Djadjasasmita

Religions and the public sphere

‘Nothing Justifies Violence, but…’

The Arab mass media reflect the various souls of the Arab world and the stances adopted in relation to the massacre of Charlie Hebdo. Apart from the mass media of the jihadists, all of them disassociate themselves from the option of violence and identify various causes for it, arguing that the time has come to act upon them.

Chiara Pellegrino
A view of Cairo

Religions and the public sphere

The Revolution of Islam According to President al-Sisi

The speech that General al-Sisi gave on 1 January 2015 in front of the principal religious authorities of Egypt is probably unprecedented in the contemporary history of the Arab-Islamic world. This was not the first time that the Egyptian President had expressed an opinion publicly and in a non-formal way on Islam and on the way it is lived out and interpreted. He did so, for example, last July,...

Michele Brignone
Jean Duchesne

Religions and the public sphere

The price all the Charlies will have to pay

Jean Duchesne
Bishara Ebeid

Religions and the public sphere

Those Who Expect the Caliph to Enter Jerusalem

In Israel the preaching of many imams close to the Muslim movement spreads hatred towards the West and those who are associated with it, such as Christians and Jews. Whilst they appear to be condemning the violence of Isis, in fact they await the arrival of the Caliphate to their home as well.

Bishara Ebeid
Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia ‘Abd al-‘Azîz Âl al-Shaykh

Arab Revolutions

‘A Satanic Shoot’: the Islamic State in the View of the ulama

The Egyptian press has recently witnessed the different positions expressed by the ulama on the Islamic State. There are those who hold that it is an expression of dissidence; those who believe that it is a disgrace for Islam; and those who argue that it is in the pay of Israel. This is a way for many Muslim leaders to reaffirm their authority.

Chiara Pellegrino



PISAI - Studying and understanding the religione of the other. Towards mutual recognition between religions and cultures in today's world

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of its opening in Rome (1964-2014), the: Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI) promotes an international conference from Thursday 22nd to Saturday 24th of January. The event will take place at the Urbaniana University in Rome. Among the participants: H.E. Most Rev. Card. Zenon Grocholewski, Prefect of the Congregation...

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Year 10 N.19 June 2014

Regenerating Institutions. Beyond Protest and Against Violence



Understanding the Eastern Christians in Order to Save the Middle East

From compassion to comprehension. At the time of the Islamic State, to speak about the Christians of the East in these terms could appear to be inconvenient. But such is not the case. Not only because this book by Bernard Heyberger, the director of studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) of Paris, came out in 2013, that is to say before the unleashing of the terrible...

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