The conjunction of the global economic and financial crisis with the transition under way in the Arab countries is a provocation both for societies in the West and for Islamic ones: do the ‘old’ development models still work?

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The Economy and Truth: Having More in order to Be More, Simona Beretta




Playing the Markets? Better than any Casino, Edward Hadas

A Business Leader by Vocation, Michael Naughton

Measuring the Incalculable: the Economy as Paradox, Silvano Petrosino

Fleeing from the Crisis. New Routes for New Migrants, Demetrios G. Papademetriou

A Pius Competitor for Commercial Banks, Nahed Caracalla

The Rough Road of a Growth that is Inclusive, Ridha Chkoundali

Those Cash Dispensing Machines Supplied by Heaven, Rania al-Mashat

The Capital of Preaching, Hussam Tamam

The Robust Health of the Former Sick Man of Europe, Deniz Ünal

Power Worn Down by Lost Neutrality, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

‘We, European Citizens, Have United for the Better’, Hans-Gert Poettering



To Make Earth Heaven, St. John Chrysostom

Work, the Source of Profit, Ibn Khaldûn

Coming out of Ourselves to go Towards the Outskirts, H.H. Pope Francis




Testimony, Theology and Prayer: The Three Pyramids of the Copts, Tawadros II




The Revolution that Will Not Die, Maria Laura Conte




The Task of Translation, Camilla Adang, Meira Polliack, Sabine Schmidtke

Crusades by Correspondence, Rifaat Ebied

Beyond the Antagonism of the Individual and the Community, Abderrazak Sayadi

In the End, Will there still be a Place for the Christians?, Sébastien de Courtois




Constantine Challenges Plural Society, Adrian Pabst

Deconstructing Secularity?, Paolo Monti

Successful and Unsuccessful Nations, Domenico Rossignoli

History of an ‘Accidental State’, Martino Diez

A Dual Critique to Save Islam, Michele Brignone

The Life of an Iron Picker, Emma Neri




Today’s Actors not Museum Pieces, Christian Cannuyer




Biannual Journal of the Oasis International Foundation

Studium Generale Marcianum

Year 9°, Number 17, June 2013


Editor- in-chief Maria Laura Conte

Scientific Editor Martino Diez

Managing Editor Michele Brignone

Editorial staff Chiara Pellegrino - Meriem Senous

Editorial Consultants: Marco Bardazzi -  Bernardo Cervellera - Angelika Diekmann - Axel Diekmann - Roberto Donadoni - Camille Eid - Claudio Lurati - Dino Pistolato

Graphic Design: Anna Wawrzyniak Maoloni

Layout: Anna Wawrzyniak Maoloni - Alessandro Bellucci [Arabic and Urdu]

French translation:  Viviane Dudaut Ceccarelli - Claire Perfumo

English translation: Catharine De Rienzo - Matthew Fforde

Arabic translation: François Eid - Michele Brignone - Martino Diez [from Arabic]

Urdu translation: Mobeen Shahid


Registration: Tribunal of Venice No.1498 of 12/10/2004


Cover price: Italy €15,00 [abroad €19,00]



Promotional Committee: 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 Lyons H.E. Card. Josip Bozanić, Archbishop of Zaghreb H.E. Card. Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Budapest H.E. Card. John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja H.E. Card. Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Wien H.E. Card. Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue H.B. Msgr. Fouad Twal, Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins H.E. Msgr. Jean-Clément Jeanbart, Archbishop of Aleppo of the Melkites H.E. Msgr. Maroun Lahham, Auxiliary Bishop of the Patriarch of Jerusalem for 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-Rawalpindi 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, Knights of Columbus


Scientific Committee: Tewfik Aclimandos - Carl Anderson - José Andrés Gallego - Gianni Bernardi - Francesco Botturi - Rémi Brague - Paolo Branca - Michele Brignone - Stratford Caldecott - Maria Laura Conte - Salim Daccache - Martino Diez - Jean Duchesne - Jean-Paul Durand - Brian E. Ferme - Francesco Follo - Roberto Fontolan - Paolo Gomarasca - Henri Hude - Samir Khalil Samir - Nikolaus Lobkowicz - Franz Magnis-Suseno - Cesare Mirabelli - Ignazio Musu - Andrea Pacini - Jean-Jacques Pérennès - Andrea Pin - Javier Prades López - Gabriel Richi Alberti - Giovanna Rossi - Olivier Roy - Giovanni Salmeri - Kamil William Samaan - Giuseppe Scattolin - Milad Sidky Zakhary - Boghos Levon Zekiyan


Oasis is a transdisciplinary review of cultural information open to contributions by Catholics and non-Catholics. The authors’ freely expressed opinions in the articles published herein do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal orientation of the Oasis International Foundation, and therefore must be considered as the exclusive responsibility of each contributor.