2. The Instruments of Oasis
3. Board of Promoters
4. Scientific Board
5. Board of Directors
Oasis was founded in 2004 in Venice, out of an intuition of Cardinal Angelo Scola,
in order to encourage mutual understanding and opportunities for encounter between
the Western world and the majority Muslim world.
The Foundation studies the interaction between Christians and Muslims and the
manner in which they interpret their respective faiths in the current phase of the
melding of peoples, ‘mestizo of civilisations and cultures’, beginning with the life
of the Eastern Christian communities. The dimensions of this historical process are
unprecedented and its dynamic unstoppable, and it needs to be oriented towards the
good life at individual and community levels.
According to Oasis, interreligious dialogue involves intercultural dialogue because
religious experience is always lived and expressed through the medium of culture:
not merely at the theological and spiritual level, but also at the political, economic,
and social ones. The Foundation’s strength lies in the wide network of individuals
who collaborate at international level to ensure the success of the project.
The Foundation, a body under Italian civil law, with Cardinal Angelo Scola as
president, has the social aim of supporting the development of this cultural project.
The registered office is in Rome; the management, editorial and administrative
offices are in Venice and another executive office is in Milan.
The International Oasis Foundation participates in the activities organised by the
Studium Generale Marcianum Foundation, which promotes the cultural and
religious patrimony of the Patriarchate of Venice by contributing to the development
of knowledge at an international level.
Instruments of Oasis
The research activity of Oasis is carried out in various ways:
1. The magazine (in paper and digital format), which is also named Oasis, is
published twice a year in four editions: Italian; English - Arabic; French - Arabic;
English - Urdu. The magazine can be purchased in bookshops or online through the
Marcianum Press website.
2. The fortnightly newsletter, sent by email in five languages on request: Italian,
English, French, Spanish and Arabic. To subscribe and receive the newsletter free,
you just have to write your email address in the box you can find on the homepage.
3. The website which publishes papers, testimonies and interviews (videos too) on
the most topical subjects and debates reaching the Foundation from the whole world
thanks to its international network of relationships.
4. The two series of books:
I libri di Oasis and Il Calamo.
In the first one the following books have been published: La promessa (The Promise) by Cardinal Lustiger; Cristiani e musulmani, fratelli davanti a Dio? (Christians and Muslilms: Brothers Before God?) by Christian Van Nispen; Dove guarda l'Indonesia? Cristiani e musulmani nel paese del sorriso (Where is Indonesia looking? Christians and Muslims in the Country of Smile), an in-depth reportage on Islam in the most populous Muslim country in the world by Maria Laura Conte; and L’ultimo dialogo. La mia vita incontro all’Islam (The Ultimate Dialogue. My Life: an Encounter with Islam) by Georges Anawati.
In the second one: Meticciato: convivenza o confusione? (Mestizaje: Coexistence or confusion?) by Paolo Gomarasca, outcome of a research project designed to explore one of the categories at the centre of the analysis engaged in by Oasis; Luce dell'invisibile. Itinerari del mosaico intorno al Mediterraneo orientale (Light of the invisible. Itineraries of the mosaic around the Oriental Mediterranean), by Elisabetta Concina, Anna Flores David, Mattia Guidetti.
Moreover, Oasis has published the Arabic and Turkish translation of the catechesis of Pope Benedict XVI. The series dedicated to St. Paul and to prayer were collected in three volumes:
‘Bûlus ar-Rasûl fî ta’lîm qadâsat al-Bâbâ [Paul the Apostle in the teachings of the Holy Father] and ‘Rabbi, ‘allim-nâ an nusallî’ As-Salât fi ta‘lîm al-Bâbâ Benedictus XVI [‘Lord, teach us to pray’], both co-publications of Éditions de la Librairie Pauliste of Jounieh and Marcianum Press of Venice, and Aziz Pavlus [Saint Paul], published thanks to the support of Kirche in Not, through the Turkish publishing house Sakoset.
5. The events: the main annual event of the Foundation is the International Scientific Committee, which is held every year in the third week of June and gathers together all the members of the Oasis committee and its many collaborators. In 2004 and 2005 it was held in Venice, in 2006 in Cairo, in 2007 in Venice, in 2008 in Amman, in 2009 in Venice, in 2010 in Beirut, in 2011 in Venice, in 2012 in Tunis, in 2013 in Milan. Besides this annual meeting there are other cultural events of different inspiration, promoted in different places in Europe and the Middle East. In particular the Oasis presentation at UNESCO (Paris 2005) must be mentioned, along with those at Al-Azhar University (Cairo 2006), the UN headquarters (New York 2007), Saint Joseph University in Beirut (2012), and in the English Parliament, Westminster-House of Lords (London 2012).
Board of Promoters:
H.E. Card. Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan
H.B. Card. Antonios Naguib, Patriarch Emeritus of Alexandria of the Copts
H.E. Card. Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon
H.E. Card. Josip Bozanić, Archbishop of Zagabria
H.E. Card. Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Budapest
H.E. Card. John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja
H.E. Card. Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna
H.E. Card. Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
H.B. Msgr. Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
H.E. Msgr. Jean-Clément Jeanbart, Melkite Archbishop of Aleppo
H.E. Msgr. Maroun Lahham, titular Bishop of Madaba, Latin Patriarchal Vicar in Jordan
H.E. Msgr. Fco. Javier Martínez, Archbishop of Granada
H.E. Msgr. Joseph Powathil, Archbishop Emeritus of Changanacherry
H.E. Msgr. Henri Teissier, Archbishop Emeritus of Algiers
H.E. Msgr. Anthony T. Lobo †, Bishop Emeritus of Islamabad
H.E. Msgr. Camillo Ballin, Apostolic Vicar of northern Arabia
H.E. Msgr. Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of southern Arabia
Prof. Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus
Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi
José Andrés Gallego
Brian E. Ferme
Samir Khalil Samir
Javier Prades López
Gabriel Richi Alberti
Milad Sidky Zakhary
Kamil Samaan William
Boghos Levon Zekiyan
The Board of Directors:
Card. Angelo Scola, Chairman
Giovanni Raimondi, Vice-Chairman, Vicar
Salvatore Messina, Gaetano Miccichè, Gian Piero Milano, Paolo Nicolini, Gianni Zappa
Roberto Romano, Secretary
Claudio Bianchi, Account reviser