Cardinal Angelo Scola

Religions and the public sphere

The definitive dismissal of the logic of violence

An excerpt from the opening speech

Angelo Scola
The title of the Meeting: The Temptation of Violence: Religions between War and Reconciliation

Religions and the public sphere

On the Roads that Led Oasis to the Balkans

The two days of work of the international committee of Oasis in Sarajevo on 16-17 June on the subject of The Temptation of Violence: Religions between War and Reconciliation dismantled piece by piece the widespread commonplace that in the monotheistic religions are to be found the seeds of violence, which is causing so much bloodshed even today. They explored the complexity of the nexus between religions and violence without pulling any punches, uncovering a complexity that deserves to be analysed with the contribution of everyone. This is something demanded by history and current affairs.

Marialaura Conte
Mgr. Matthew Kukah

Religions and the public sphere

Boko Haram: a Question that is not only Nigerian and not Completely ‘Islamic’

By now, Monsignor Kukah, the Bishop of the diocese of Sokoto, is an expert on Boko Haram, the terrorist group that continues to attack Nigeria in a cruel way, kidnapping girls and boys and killing blindly. His diocese feels the heavy and constant threat of this terrorist group. The diocese of Sokoto, the city of the same-named caliphate, is more than 100,000 square kilometres wide and covers...

Claudio Fontana

Arab Revolutions

Egyptians: the Demand for Security Wins at the Polls

Al-Sisi won the presidential elections in Egypt by a landslide with 97% of the votes. 47% of those with the right to vote went to the polls, whereas the turnout in 2012 when Morsi won was 52%. How and why did the General win? What will he do now with the Brothers? The expert Tewfik Aclimandos answers these questions.

Chiara Pellegrino

Religions and the public sphere

Revisiting the Classical Islamic Tradition of War and Peace: Implications for Today

The three profound implications for the contemporary word in an analysis of the historical trajectory of jihad.

Asma Afsaruddin

Arab Revolutions

Islamic Thought and Fear of the Future

The new Egyptian Constitution and the newly-elected president, the role of the Salafis, the division between the ulema and the intellectuals: in a conversation without filters, in an exclusive interview for Oasis, Salah Fadl, a great expert on Arab literature and an intellectual in dialogue with the shaykh of al-Azhar, comments on recent developments in his country.

Martino Diez



June 16 and 17: Oasis in Sarajevo

The international network of Oasis will meet in Sarajevo on Monday and Tuesday 16-17 June 2014 on the subject: The Temptation of Violence. Religions between War and Reconciliation. This event, chaired by Cardinal Angelo Scola, the Archbishop of Milan, will be opened by Cardinal Vinko Puljić, the Archbishop of Sarajevo, and by Husein ef. Kavazović, the Reis-ul-ulema of the Islamic community...

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Year 9 N.18 December 2013

Religions on a Tightrope, between Secularism and Ideology



Muhammad Fadhil al-Jamali, Invito all’Islam. Lettere di un padre in carcere al figlio

On 14 July 1958 General al-Qâsim overthrew the Iraqi monarchy. The world’s media reported that during the coup d’état, together with others, Muhammad Fadhil al-Jamali, eight times Minister for Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister of the kingdom in 1953-1954, was killed. In reality, al-Jamali was captured three days later in an isolated area north of Baghdad, interrogated, put on trial and then...

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