Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Religious Traditions and the Crisis of the Liberal System

 9 ottobre 2019

Dipartimento di Scienze Religiose / Pluriel (Plateforme Universitaire de Recherche sur L’Islam en Europe et au Liban)

International Conference

Religious Traditions in the Face of the Crisis of the Liberal System. The Case of Islam
Wednesday 9th October 2019
Room NI.010-011, h 9.30-17.30
Via Nirone, 15 – Milano

Religions newly play a considerable role in the public space, to an extent that was hardly imaginable until recently. In the new century, religiosity seems to consist of a flourishing of beliefs and belongings – but in the context of secularised societies. This leads to the risk of ephemeral ‘DIY (do it yourself)’ and unscrupulous  spiritualities, borrowing 'updated' symbols from traditional beliefs, for purposes that often do not relate to the experience of ‘genuine’ religiosity.

The void that has emerged with the crisis of the great secular ideologies of the last  century cannot be filled by a trivializing appeal to religious-racial identities, which  often results in an increasingly widespread and worrisome religious illiteracy as well as in a ‘politicization’.

Understanding these dynamics does not only mean describing and analysing them, but involves the delicate task of imagining possible strategies to channel useful energies into initiatives to counter problematic deviances.


h. 9.30
Welcome and Introduction
Angelo BIANCHI, Dean of the Faculty of Letters
and Philosophy
Marco RIZZI, Director of the Department of Religious Studies

h. 10.00
First Session: History
Paolo BRANCA, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Arabic Thought in the liberal Age d’Albert Hourani 37 ans après
Mohamed-Ali MOSTFA, Maître de conférences - Université Catholique de Lyon
Le bricolage religieux. Entre ambivalence et domestication des symboles
Fr. Paolo NICELLI, Pime – Venerable Ambrosian Library
Islãm and Religious Plurality in South-East Asia

h. 11.30
Second Session: Is the Past coming back?
Fabio INTROINI, Giulia MEZZETTI, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – ISMU
An ecological perspective for exploring jihadist radicalization processes. A theoretical proposal
Michele ESPOSTI-ONGARO, PhD, University of Pavia – Pluriel
History Teaching and Reorientation of History in the Public School Textbooks of the Gulf Countries. The Case of Kuwait
Paolo GONZAGA, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Pluriel
Islamic Radical Literature: from the Muslim Brothers to Isis

h. 13.00-14.30
Lunch buffet

h. 14.30-17.30
Third Session: Experiences from the fields
Antonio CUCINIELLO, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – ISMU
Interpreting the Muslim World in some Italian Textbooks
Marco DEMICHELIS, University of Navarra
The 'Ijazah' of Education. New Identities and History for a non-radicalized perspective of Islam in Europe
Davide TACCHINI, F.-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany
Human Mobility, Refugees and Reconciliation in the MENA Region
Khaled QATAM, Former Prof. of Arabic, University of Parma
The image of the current Islamic guides and its reflection in the new Muslim generations

Conclusions and perspectives
Mons. Khaled AKASHEH, Bureau Chief for Islam at the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue
Le Document d’Abou Dhabi sur la Fraternité humaine, pour la paix mondiale et la coexistence commune signée par le pape François et le Grand Imam d’al-Azhar