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Religions on a Tightrope, Between Secularism and Ideology

West the attempt to expel God from reality has left a void that leads to a new search for meaning. In the Islamic world the idea that one can live without God produces as a reaction a dangerous drift

This article was published in Oasis 18. Read the table of contents

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I do not Love what Fades, Angelo Scola




Atheism at the End of the Line, Rémi Brague

Secularization Has Run Dry: Towards a New Humanism?, Francesco Botturi

Today’s Man: a Modest and Wandering Alchemist, Mauro Magatti

The Republic of Watchmen, Henri Hude

How Islamists (do not) Change when they Come into Power, Olivier Roy

‘We and They are the Same Thing’, Jawad al-Khoei

Where Islamists Distinguish Politics from Preaching, Hassan Rachik

The Seeds of Failure in the Utopia of a Caliphate, Tewfik Aclimandos

If Jihad is Fought in Bazaars, Hakan Yavuz

The Dissident Alliance Against Theocracy, Ramin Jahanbegloo

A Hand Outstretched to Terror, John Onaiyekan




Faith: Hearing and Seeing, Massimo Borghesi

Being Established to Understand, H.H. Francis

The Temptation of ‘Yet Perhaps it is True’, Joseph Ratzinger

Prophecy is Fulfilled. It’s Reason Time, Martino Diez

The Eternal Secret of the Ego, Muhammad Iqbal



Can a Country be Emptied of its People?, Maria Laura Conte

A Three-Cents Life, Michel Kilo

‘Damascus will go back to Being a World Centre’, Maria Saadeh

 The Ideal as the only Realistic Path to Follow, Martino Diez

 A Mysterious Light in the Shadows, François Mourad




‘Let’s Wait for Tomorrow before Leaving’, Sr. M. Augusta Tescari OCSO

The Forbidden Fruits of Mount Lebanon, Suleiman A. Mourad

The Nail of the Cross in the Helmet-Diadem, Francesco Braschi

But when does Life in a Mother’s Womb Begin?, Paola Bernardini




The Cassette Player Against the West, Jean Duchesne

If Politics Absorbs Theology, Michele Brignone

The Liberal Ditch Between Hadîth and the Qur’an, Martino Diez

Diary of a Journey and Arab Encounters, Ines Peta

When the Maronites Discovered Europe, Samir Khalil Samir

Multiculturalism in Flesh and Blood, Emma Neri




Syria Before and After




Biannual Journal of the Oasis International Foundation

Studium Generale Marcianum

Year 9°, Number 18, December 2013


Editor- in-chief Maria Laura Conte

Scientific Editor Martino Diez

Managing Editor Michele Brignone

Editorial staff Chiara Pellegrino

Editorial Consultants: Marco Bardazzi - Bernardo Cervellera - Angelika Diekmann - Axel Diekmann - Roberto Donadoni - Camille Eid - Claudio Lurati - Dino Pistolato

Graphic Design: Anna Wawrzyniak Maoloni Layout: Anna Wawrzyniak Maoloni - Alessandro Bellucci [Arabic and Urdu]

French translation: Viviane Dudaut Ceccarelli - Claire Perfumo

English translation: Catharine De Rienzo - Matthew Fforde

Arabic translation: François Eid - Michele Brignone - Martino Diez [from Arabic]

Urdu translation: Mobeen Shahid


Registration: Tribunal of Venice No.1498 of 12/10/2004 Cover price: Italy €15,00 [abroad €19,00]




Promotional Committee: H.E. Card. Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan H.B. Card. Antonios Naguib, Patriarch Emeritus of Alexandria of the Copts H.E. Card. Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyons H.E. Card. Josip Bozanić, Archbishop of Zaghreb H.E. Card. Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Budapest H.E. Card. John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja H.E. Card. Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Wien H.E. Card. Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue H.B. Msgr. Fouad Twal, Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins H.E. Msgr. Jean-Clément Jeanbart, Archbishop of Aleppo of the Melkites H.E. Msgr. Maroun Lahham, Auxiliary Bishop of the Patriarch of Jerusalem for Jordan H.E. Msgr. Fco. Javier Martínez, Archbishop of Granada H.E. Msgr. Joseph Powathil, Archbishop Emeritus of Changanacherry H.E. Msgr. Henri Teissier, Archbishop Emeritus of Algiers H.E. Msgr. Anthony T. Lobo †, Bishop Emeritus of Islamabad-Rawalpindi H.E. Msgr. Camillo Ballin, Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia H.E. Msgr. Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia Prof. Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus


Scientific Committee: Tewfik Aclimandos - Carl Anderson - José Andrés Gallego - Gianni Bernardi - Francesco Botturi - Rémi Brague - Paolo Branca - Michele Brignone - Stratford Caldecott - Maria Laura Conte - Salim Daccache - Martino Diez - Jean Duchesne - Jean-Paul Durand - Brian E. Ferme - Francesco Follo - Roberto Fontolan - Paolo Gomarasca - Henri Hude - Samir Khalil Samir - Nikolaus Lobkowicz - Franz Magnis-Suseno - Cesare Mirabelli - Ignazio Musu - Andrea Pacini - Jean-Jacques Pérennès - Andrea Pin - Javier Prades López - Gabriel Richi Alberti - Giovanna Rossi - Olivier Roy - Giovanni Salmeri - Kamil William Samaan - Giuseppe Scattolin - Milad Sidky Zakhary - Boghos Levon Zekiyan


Oasis is a transdisciplinary 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 Foundation, and therefore must be considered as the exclusive responsibility of each contributor.