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Oasis in Tunis: from within the Arab transition, to also understand better the West

The Oasis International Foundation


Venice -Milan-Rome



Press release



The International Network of Oasis in Tunis: from within the Arab transition, to also understand better the West



On Monday 18, and Tuesday, 19 June, the International Committee of the Oasis Foundation ( will meet again, this time in Tunis, on the theme of “Religion in a society in transition. How Tunisia challenges the West.”



After the encounter last June in Venice, where we discussed the social, religious and cultural issues arising from the popular uprisings which have taken place in the Middle Eastern and North African countries, this year Oasis’s International network will study the “Tunisian case”, the debate on the new Constitution and the ferments within civil society, so as to understand from within the events and factors which are changing the face of some countries in North Africa, and to grasp to what extent and how these factors concern the West as well.



Christian and Muslim experts from all over the world will participate in these working sessions.


The International meeting in Tunis will be the ninth encounter of Oasis’s Scientific Committee, a reality founded in 2004 by Cardinal Angelo Scola, the then Patriarch of Venice. This follows meetings in Venice (2011), Beirut (2010), Venice (2009), Amman (2008), Venice (2007), Cairo (2006), and Venice (2005 & 2004).



Monday June 18th 2012


9.00-9.10 Welcoming greeting – Dr. Martino Diez


9.10-9.30 Oser toute l’ampleur de l’horizon. Une nouvelle phase pour Oasis, Cardinal Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan, President of the International Oasis Foundation


9.30-9.50 La Constitution et la révolution, Prof. Yadh Ben Achour


9.50-10.10 Qu’est-ce qu’un État musulman? L’État et l’Islam après la révolution tunisienne, Prof. Malika Zeghal


Debate 10.10-10.45


Cofee Break 10.45-11.15


11.15-11.35 Le discours religieux dans l’espace public, Prof. Ajmi Lourimi


11.35-11.55 Qu’est-ce qu’un parti à référence religieuse ?, Prof. Riadh Chaibi


11.55-12.15 L’économie tunisienne après la révolution : quelles perspectives d’avenir ? Prof. Ridha Chkoundali


Debate 12.15-13.00


Lunch 13.00




15.00-15.20 L’Islam et le pluralisme sont-ils conciliables ?, Prof. Abdelmajid Charfi


15.20-15.40 Islam et transition démocratique dans une Tunisie postrévolutionnaire, Prof. Mousaddak Jlidi


15.40-16.00 Dialogue entre laïcs et islamistes d’après l’expérience du collectif du 18 Octobre, Lotfi Hajji


Debate 16.00-16.30


Cofee Break 16.30-16.50


16.50-17.10 Individu et communauté : la dimension sociale de la liberté, Prof. Abderrazek Sayadi


17.10-17.30 D’Amman à Tunis et retour: un chrétien arabe face au changement, H.E. Mgr. Maroun Lahham, patriarchal vicar of Latins in Jordany and Archbishop of Tunis for 7 years




Debate 17.30-17.50


Conclusions 17.50-18.00





Tuesday 19th June


9.00-9.20 Du cas concret aux répercussions globales. La Tunisie et ses voisins, Prof. Olivier Roy




and debate


will follow








Priority will be given


to the texts






advance to the secretariat





1. De la Tunisie aux Pays arabes voisins, 9.20-10.45


(Spokesman from: Algeria, Egypt, United Arabs Emirates, Jordan, Kuwait, Liban, Libya, Marocco)


Cofee Break 10.45-11.15


2. De la Tunisie aux Pays arabes voisins (following) et Les effets des révolutions arabes sur les pays musulmans non–arabes, 11.15-13.00


(Spokesman from: Bosnia







, Indonesia, Pakistan, Turkey)


Lunch 13.00


3. Comment la Tunisie interpelle l’Occident, 14.45-16.45


(Spokesman from : Germany, Spain, France, Italy)


Cofee Break 16.45-17.00



17.00-17.20 Presentation of the activities


and prospects



of the Foundation, Maria Laura Conte et Martino Diez


17.20-18.00 Debate (Comité de rédaction)


18.00-18.30 Conclusions



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