Martino Diez is scientific director of the Oasis International Foundation and Assistant Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the Catholic University of Milan. He is currently (January-July 2019) visiting member at the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton, School of Historical Studies.
He earned his PhD in Oriental Studies from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where he was post-doctoral researcher in 2007-2008. From 2008 to 2016 he was lecturer in Arabic Language at the Catholic University of Milan. He is a member of the study commission on radicalization and jihadi extremism established by the Italian Government (Presidency of the Council of Ministers) in September 2016, invited researcher at the PISAI (Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies) and member of the Advisory Board of the Middle East Mediterranean Freethinking Platform (MEM) in Lugano, Switzerland.
His publications include: Introduzione alla lingua araba. Origini, storia e attualità [An introduction to Arabic: Origins, History and Present], Vita e Pensiero, Milan 2018 (first edition 2012), Abū l-‘Alā’ al-Ma‘arrī, L’epistola del perdono. Il viaggio nell’Aldilà [The Epistle of Forgiveness. The Journey to the Afterworld], Einaudi, Turin 2011, Abū t-Tayyib al-Mutanabbī, L’emiro e il suo profeta. Odi in onore di Sayf ad-Dawla al-Hamdani [The Emir and His Prophet: Odes in praise of Sayf ad-Dawla al-Hamdani], Ariele, Milan 2009 and Georges Anawati, L’ultimo dialogo. La mia vita incontro all’Islam [The last dialogue. My life-long encounter with Islam], Marcianum Press, Venice 2010. He is the general editor of the e-book series “Meticciati” for Marsilio and has edited, together with Andrea Plebani, the e-book La galassia fondamentalista tra jihad armato e partecipazione politica [The Fundamentalist Constellation between armed jihad and political participation], Venice 2015.
He took part in the revision of the Arabic translation of the catecheses consecrated by Benedict XVI to Saint Paul (Būlus ar-Rasūl, al-Maktaba al-Būlusiyya / Marcianum Press, Jounieh - Venice 2010) and prayer (Rabbi, ‘allimnā an-nusallī, al-Maktaba al-Būlusiyya / Marcianum Press, Jounieh - Venice 2012).
He has been working in Oasis since 2004 and has been its scientific director since 2009.