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Sunni Islam: Malaise and Renewal

The Quest for a New Religious Identity, Navigating Extremism, Internal Conflicts and Political Pressures

This article was published in Oasis 27. Read the table of contents

Last update: 2018-11-20 15:23:51

Cover of the biannual journal of the Oasis International Foundation, Year 14, No. 27, July 2018




Updating, Rediscovering, Reinventing: The Three Options for Sunnism - Martino Diez




Sunni Authority’s Legitimate Plurality - Sohaira Z. M. Siddiqui

Sailing in Stormy Waters. Ulama and Revolutions - Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen

Salafism’s Many Faces - Ahmad Wagih

The Brothers: Gnostic Reformers of Islam - Tewfik Aclimandos

Saudi Arabia will Remain Wahhabi - Nabil Mouline

The Middle East at the Time of the Great Sorting-out - Joshua Landis

Does an Iraqi “Sunnistan” Really Exist? - Ibrahim al-Marashi

Lebanon’s Response to Religious Violence - Salim Daccache S.J.




Between Reason and Text - Martino Diez

When Disagreement is Blessed – excerpts by Shāh Walī Allāh




Moroccan Islam: Work in Progress - Michele Brignone




The New Saudi Arabia Under Scrutiny - Chiara Pellegrino

Where the Weakness of the Islamist Projects Lies - Michele Brignone

Afghanistan, the Impossible War - Claudio Fontana

The Other Who Transforms You - Riccardo Paredi

No Woman, no Drive - Emma Neri





Michele Brignone


Scientific Editor

Martino Diez


Managing Editor

Chiara Pellegrino


Editorial Staff

Claudio Fontana

Francesca Miglio

Riccardo Paredi


Editorial Consultants

Rifaat Bader

Marco Bardazzi

Bernardo Cervellera

Camille Eid

Rafic Greiche

Claudio Lurati



Graphic Design and Layout

Massimiliano Frangi


Translation by the Editorial Staff



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