University platform for research on Islam

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the Federation
of European

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the International
of Catholic

Giovanni Giacalone

He holds a Master’s degree in Islamic Studies from Trinity Saint David, with a thesis on the development of Islamic communities in Italy. He is a sociologist and specialist in Islam. Giacalone is also a member of the Italian Association of Sociology, and in particular of its branch on religion. His main research areas are political Islam and Islamic radicalism in Italy, the Balkans, the Caucasus and Malta.
His research interest has recently shifted to Sufi Islam, and he currently cooperates with several national and international institutes and media.

Member of the Research group

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Italy

For a preventive Islamic de-radicalization. The Re-Configuration of the Humanities within an inter-religious approach. (Milan)

Research group held by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan.
The return to the humanities is not only necessary, but crucial for the promotion of a de-radicalising approach to both societies: the Islamic world and Europe. This research project intends to work not only in relation to the Islamic world or the Old Continent, but to both at the same time.
The aim is to create a project of preventive de-radicalisation of Muslim citizens and society, working on a double methodological and interdisciplinary axis: the teaching of Islam, its history, its religious tradition, its sociology, etc. in parallel with the religious, cultural and historical approach of the European world and the West.

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Member of the Research group

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Italy

Dynamics of Islamic radicalization in Europe: prevention and educational policies (Closed)

Since the “Arab Springs” breakout in 2011, Islamist radicalization in Europe progressively grew as ISIS spread violence and chaos in Iraq, Syria and Libya. The so-called “Islamic State” brought a new vision of radical Islam which tears down all ethnic, national, cultural and linguistic barriers in order to promote a totalitarian view of religion that does not tolerate any type of distinction. No difference is made, at least in theory, even between converts and Muslim-born volunteers.

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