Maronites, Copts, Melkites, Chaldeans ... It is not easy to navigate among the various Christian communities in the Middle East. An overview
The reactive speech that contributes to the spread of the ideological discourse popular on the market of extremism should end
"Even if the Islamic debate on terrorism remains on an apologetic level, important steps have been made in the battle against extremism"
Religion is the solution and not a part of the problem. Ignorance regarding religious teachings is the main factor behind fundamentalism
The al-Azhar declaration calls for a renewed alliance between all Arab citizens: Muslims, Christians and those of other religions
The rise of extremism coincides with the reduction of a correct understanding of religion
"We need a mature and courageous Muslim leadership, capable of proposing another way of living the faith"
Who speaks for Muslims
In the Balkans, it ispossible to have "a genuine exchange with those who are responsible for the Muslim community"
Islam in Europe. Interview with the chief of the Muslim community of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Summer 2014
The fundamentalist discourse divides the world into two factions: that of evil and that of “true” believers
Extremists read superficially and selectively the Islamic sources. Some possible solutions
The constitutional referendum in Turkey will be held on April 16, 2017. The proposed constitutional reform, promoted by the Erdoğan’s AKP, introduces presidentialism
The program of the seminar of the Joint Committee for dialogue between the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Al-Azhar Center for Dialogue
In Islam a sinner continues to be a Muslim and cannot be excommunicated. Faith does not fail even if works fail
With the increase of Islamic extremism, the tendency to identify the religion with violence and the search for secular and anti-religious solutions present themselves once again
[This article is published in Oasis no. 24. To read all the contents buy a copy or subscribe] A legendary poet-knight slightly preceding Islam, Hātim al-Tā’ī is a proverbial model of generous hospitality not only in Arab literature but also throughout the Islamic world. Of the very many texts in which his name occur...
From the legendary figure of Hātim (a poet-knight of pre-Islamic Arabia mentioned even by Boccaccio and Goethe) to the sayings of the Prophet, hospitality has been made a keystone of the Islamic ethical system. And yet Islam was also, with great practicality, to define its limits: three days, the first with a special banquet and the other two with normal treatment. “Anything after that is charity.”
[This article is published in Oasis no. 24. To read all the contents buy a copy or subscribe] Inconvenient for the liberals (although they owe much to him) and inconvenient for the establishment, the French Jesuit Jean Daniélou was doubtless one of the great twentieth-century theologians and one of the fathers of Va...
Normally, if people come across a fugitive, a wanderer or a stranger, they kill him. The radical change occurs the day when such a person is received as a guest and as someone sent by God. This radical change can be observed, in particular, in the two great civilizations from which our own originates: the Greek civilization and the Semitic one