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Not an Era of Change, but a Change of Era

Research Project 2016

A conference held during the project "Understanding Mestisaje", at the Catholic University of Milan

The project on which the Oasis Foundation is working, “Not an Era of Change, but a Change of Era”, is realized thanks to the contribution of Fondazione Cariplo.



The research addresses specifically the current changes taking place within Islam, and it develops along two axes: the growing Muslim presence in Europe, and the conflict between different interpretations of religion, a conflict that is leaving a deep mark on the contemporary Islamic world.



The project is realized by a team of researchers and involves a network of international experts. The texts that we propose here synthetize some of the paths walked by the researchers: the relationship between “Islamic Values” and “European Values”, the evolution of Italian Islam, the relationship between the Church and Islam in Italy.



[Articles are in Italian]



The Compatibility Between Islam and Europe, by Ida Zilio-Grandi



From Islam in Italy to an Italian Islam, by Bartolomeo Conti



Multi-Religious Europe: a Challenge to the Church, by Andrea Pacini



Conciliation Between Islam and the West. Questions and Answers of Muslims, by Wael Farouq




  • The first workday was held on May 30 this year, and was moderated by the French sociologist Leïla Babès.
  • The following meeting Europe and Italy: a Changing Islam was held on September 22, with the sociologist and anthropologist Felice Dassetto, from the Catholic University of Leuven, and Professor Jørgen S. Nielsen, from the Birmingham University.
  • A closed-door meeting was held on November 2; professor Joas Wagemakers has been our guest, and he delved into the topic of Salafism and its relationship with the history of Islam.
  • The final and closing meeting will take place on November 23. More details will follow.




During this project, Oasis has published so far one issue of its biannual journal; the next one is scheduled at the end of 2016, and is a work in progress.










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