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Between Immigration and Islam. Europe Rethinks Itself

The Refugees’ Arrival is Transforming the Continent and Creating New Dynamics in the Muslim World

This article was published in Oasis 24. Read the table of contents

Last update: 2021-12-03 14:16:31

LEADER

 

A Complex Encounter Destined to Change Us, Michele Brignone

 

 

FOCUS

 

Christianity and Europe, between Liquid Secularism and Migrations, Pierangelo Sequeri

Economic crisis and religious fundamentalisms are symptoms of the encounter between resignation and despair. Christian Europe taught all those who are now fighting each other (and fighting Europe) how to enjoy a peaceful coexistence. The new Europe must resolutely aim at a hybridization of household cultures.

 

The Brain Drain and the Future of Syria, Helen Makkas, Omar S. Dahi

The economy of the Middle Eastern country is collapsing and the refugee exodus is leading to a tragic loss of skill sets, knowledge base and capital that will have an impact on the future of the region. The crisis is increasingly being framed in sectarian ways.

 

The Sahel, a Forgotten Strategic Frontier, Emilio E. Manfredi

The sub-Saharan belt is a region that rarely hits the headlines but, for Europe, it constitutes a crucially important area for the issues of immigration and security.

 

The Economy of Refugee Camps, Kamel Doraï

The exile of millions of Syrians has led to the creation of both official and unofficial temporary settlements in the Middle East. Neighbourhood and village dynamics are recreated inside them, together with forms of commerce and exchange, and these help to keep the identity of a people alive.

 

A Marshall Plan for the Mediterranean? A Premature Idea, Giulio Sapelli

Many forms of social behaviour are based on the principle of gratuitousness. It is only if we take these as the starting point for rethinking the concept of capitalistic private ownership that it makes sense to commit to an economic reconstruction project involving Europe, North African coastal countries and the Middle East.

 

Revitalizing Democracy as a Response to Violence, Brigitte Maréchal

The lack of understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims can be traced to a "complex encounter" of civilizations in which individuals are conveying different conceptions of the public space. There is an urgent need to renegotiate a new sense of belonging.

 

How Islam Became “American”, Amir Hussein

Muhammad Ali "made being Muslim cool, in a way that no one could challenge his belongingness to America." Just as Ali represents the best of American ideals, the Orlando shooter represents the worst of them.

 

The European Jihadist’s Identikit, Farhad Khosrokhavar

Extremism raises the issue of the lack of ideals in a Europe in which the classic ideologies have lost their ability to mobilize people. The conversion of young people is dictated also by a scarce sense of the sacred within a Christianity eroded by a radical secularization. 

 

The Molenbeek Effect: the Facts beyond the Myth, Felice Dassetto

The story of the district in Brussels, which was the hideout for some of the terrorists carrying out the Paris attacks in November 2015, demonstrates that, in the fight against radicalism, new socio-political configurations and a mature and courageous Islamic leadership are needed. 

 

 

DOCUMENTS

 

Hospitality, a Pillar of Arab and Islamic Ethics, Martino Diez

The Generous Deeds of the Tribal Chief, Texts by Ibn Qutayba

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.

 

Taking the Other’s Existence Seriously, Claudio Monge op

A Great Human Reality, Texts by Jean Daniélou

In history the fugitive, the wanderer, the stranger arouse fear, suspicion, and often adversion. A radical change occurs the day when such a person is received as a guest and is someone sent by God.

 

 

REPORTAGE

 

The Lost Generation, Rolla Scolari

In Lebanon, there are at least 250,000 refugees aged between three and eighteen who are not attending school. The numbers are even more shocking if other countries hosting Syrians in the region are taken into consideration, such as Turkey and Jordan.

 

 

BOOK REVIEWS

 

Migrations, the Speculators of Moral Panicking, Alessandro Zaccuri

Dialogue as the remedy to the hatred that accompanies migrations. 

 

Europeans: Irrelevant if Divided, Necessary if United, Andrea Pin

Myths to debunk for the Union to start again.

 

The Evolution of Jihad in Europe, from the 1990s to Today, Chiara Pellegrino

The rise of ISIS has made the Continent a target for jihadism.

 

Inside the Super-Muslim’s Psyche, Martino Diez

When radicalization is the (illusory) way to "healing".

 

Reform? Islam is “Already Modern”, Michele Brignone

We have to deal with the "Islamic exceptionalism", and come to terms with it.

 

If the World envies Europe’s Welcoming Attitude, Emma Neri

It is difficult to make a movie about a future that we cannot even picture.

 

 

COLOPHON

 

Year 12 No. 24 December 2016

 

Editor-in-chief
Rolla Scolari

Scientific Editor
Martino Diez 

Managing Editor
Michele Brignone

Editorial staff
Chiara Pellegrino



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Rifaat Bader - Marco Bardazzi - Bernardo Cervellera - Camille Eid - Rafic Greiche - Claudio Lurati



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Massimiliano Frangi


English translation
Catharine de Rienzo - Costanza Raimondi

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