In the Paris massacre, and in everything that followed it and will continue to follow, there are at least two strands that intertwine: freedom of expression and its significance for Europe and religiously motivated violence. About this second theme, it would be easy to liquidate the Charlie Hebdo carnage as an isolated act of some deranged persons. It would be easy, but it is not realistic,...Martino Diez
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
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
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
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
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
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...
Regenerating Institutions. Beyond Protest and Against Violence
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...