Today it is necessary to respond to the challenge that the experience of our epoch – which is marked by disenchantment and uncertainty – poses to us

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Citizen, Community, State: Towards a Critique of Modern Reason, Jean-Marie Lustiger

After the Season of Isolation, Law and Religion are Once Again Allies, John Witte Jr.

How Much Confusion in the False Struggle between Believers and Non-believers, Iain Benson

At the School of ‘Doing With’, the Logic of Desire is Put into Practice, Paolo Gomarasca

Systems of Instruction in a Europe of Pluralism, Paolo Cavana

From the Madrasas of the Middle Ages to the Impact of Globalisation, Robert W. Hefner

New Preachers Arrive by Satellite, Ridwan Al-Sayyid

The Complex Inheritance of the First Generation, Abdullah Sahin

The System that Wants Differences to Co-exist, Antoine Messarra

When Deformers Occupy Teaching Chairs, Hani Fahs

Decalogue to Learn Trust in the Creator, Mohamed Samaha

A Thousand Burning Fires in the Powder-Magazine of Identities, Ashgar Ali Engineer




The Hour of Conscience in the Age of False Idols, Stratford Caldecott

God Comes out of Himself and the Great Adventure Begins, Benedict XVI

The Ethical Foundations of Civil Life: a Challenge for the Democracies, Benedict XVI

That Divine Voice that Dwells Within Us, John Henry Newman

The Dual Pathway of Perfection, Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Miskawayh




‘I Have No Other Goal Than to Please God and Spread His Name to Every Corner of the World’Fethullan Gülen




The Advance of Anglo-Islam, Elisabetta Del Soldato




Religion as a Political Absolute, Massimo Borghesi

We, the Children of the Best Community, Dominique Avon

Protection or Punishment: Rules for the Dhimmi, Mohamed Haddad

The Tenacious Explorer of Oriental Profundity, Maurice Borrmans




Detached and Victorious West, Paolo Gomarasca

What Education for Democracy, Paolo Monti

Identikit of the Moral Citizen, Andrea Pin

In Europe God is Taught in this Way, Paolo Terenzi

Monotheism and Atheism in the Mirror, Marco Da Ponte

Awaiting the Fulfilment of Destiny Good Reasons to Speak about Priests, Emma Neri




The Many Faces of the Unity of the Church, Martino Diez




Biannual journal of the Oasis International Foundation

Studium Generale Marcianum

Year 6°, number 12, December 2010


Editor Roberto Fontolan

Managing Editor Martino Diez

Editorial Consultants Marco Bardazzi Bernardo Cervellera Roberto Donadoni Camille Eid

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Layout Anna Wawrzyniak Maoloni Alessandro Bellucci [Arabic and Urdu]

Organisation Michele Brignone Meriem Senous

French translation Martine Gilsoul Claire Perfumo Lidia Campagnano [from French]

English translation Victoria Bailes Matthew Fforde

Arabic translation François Eid

Urdu translation Mobeen Shahid


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