Majority and Minority. The definition of this relationship makes it evident whether the fundamental rights of man in his social and communitarian dimension are being respected

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Oasis is Born a Subject, an Instrument, Angelo Scola




The Rules of Quantity and Quality, Cesare Mirabelli

Power and Ambiguity of Origin, Henri Hude

The Harsh Law of Power Relations, Anthony Lobo

One Community For All Differences, Carl Anderson




Dialogues of Salvation, Francesco Follo

Let Us Affirm Together the Priority of God, Jean-Paul II

The Rights of Man Express the Will of God, Jean-Paul II

The Fundamental Decision

The Fact of the Person Jesus, Romano Guardini




Faithful Custodians of the Restless Heart of the World, Roberto Fontolan




Christians Forbidden to Stay in Iraq, Camille Eid




Dubai, St. Mary’s Parish: Diary of Incredible Vitality, Paul Hinder

Educate the Youth for the Current Situation, an Essential Mission of the Church, Fouad Twal

What is the “Acceptable Quantity” of Religious Symbolism Allowed in School?, Nikolaus Lobkowicz

A Cross-Cultural Rule for Safeguarding Diversity, Francesco Follo

When Armenia Met European “Modernity”, Boghos Zekiyan




If Neutrality Means Neutralization, Francesco Botturi

Europe, the Immigrants’ Inheritance, Giovanna Rossi

Voyage in Sufi Mysticism, Claudio Lurati

The Crusades and the Sack of Constantinople, Laurence Paul Hemming

The “Logic” of Fundamentalism, José Andrés Gallego

The Hesitant West and Other Worlds, Emma Neri




A biannual review of the Oasis International Studies and Research Centre

Ordinary member of the Studium Generale Marcianum

Year 1, Number 1, January 2005


Editor Roberto Fontolan

Coordinator Gabriel Richi Alberti

Managing Editor Martino Diez

Editorial Consultants Camille Eid Claudio Mesoniat Vittorio Del Percio

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Scientific Committee: Carl Anderson Gianni Bernardi Francesco Botturi Rémi Brague Stratford Caldecott Massimo Camisasca Massimo Cenci Bernardo Cervellera Maria Laura Conte Axel Diekmann Angelika Diekmann Roberto Donadoni Jean-Paul Durand Camille Eid Paul Mounged El-Hachem Brian E. Ferme Francesco Follo José Andrés Gallego Claudio Giuliodori Laurence Paul Hemming Vittorio Hösle Henri Hude Jean C. Jeanbart Samir Khalil Samir Justo Lacunza Balda Nikolaus Lobkowicz Javier Prades López Claudio Lurati Cesare Mirabelli Ignazio Musu Gabriel Richi Alberti Giovanna Rossi Giovanni Salmeri Paolo Terenzi Boghos Zekiyan


Oasis is a non-specialist 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 Studies and Research Centre, and therefore must be considered as the exclusive responsibility of each contributor. Oasis is published thanks to the contribution of Fondazione Cassamarca