Senior Research Fellow and member of the Fondazione per le scienze religiose (FSCIRE) at the Giorgio La Pira Library and Research Center on the History and Doctrines of Islam, Palermo. His fields of research are the classical and modern Islamic theologies of religions. He is interested in the Qur’anic studies, in particular the methodological dialogue with biblical studies, such as Semitic rhetorical analysis and narrative analysis.
Aggregate professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome since 2005. Former associate professor at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI) in Rome (2009-2020). Member of the Scientific Council for the Promotion of “Charter of Values of Citizenship and Integration”, created by Giuliano Amato at the Italian Ministry of Domestic Affairs (2006-2008).
He holds a license in Islamic theology and comparative religions from the Emir Abdelkader University for Islamic Sciences, in Constantine, Algeria, (1989). He obtained his doctorate in the same discipline from al-Zaytuna University, Faculty of Islamic Theology, Tunis (1997). He received his doctorate in Islamic studies and Muslim-Christian relations from PISAI in 2005. He attended several pontifical universities such as the Pontifical University of S. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) and the Pontifical Lateran University.
Islamic Hermeneutics of Nonviolence: Key Concepts and Methodological Steps
The article traces the key concepts and methodological steps that make an Islamic theology of nonviolence plausible. It offers the tools for a critical reading of classical texts, “sacred” history, and glob...
Le christianisme devant l’islam: théologiens en dialogue
Islam and non-violence: from theory to practice
Original Title : Islam e non violenza: dalla teoria alla pratica Speaker: Dott. Adnane Mokrani Moderator: Dott.ssa Debora Tonelli Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, January, 10th, 2019
Ashura in sunnite mirrors, confused borders between joy and sadness
Original title: “Ashura in sunnite mirrors, confused borders between joy and sadness” SUMMARY: This article analyzes the Sunnite views of ‘Āshūrā’ and the assassination/martyrdom of al–Ḥusayn, t...
Protestantism and Islam
How did Martin Luther and John Calvin view Islam? How have Protestant theologians contributed to research on Islam? Pierre-Olivier Léchot, professor of modern history at the Protestant Institute of...
Corresponding across Religious Borders: The Letter of al-Qūṭī
Summary : This article provides an introduction to the Letter of al-Qūṭī, a short anti-Islamic polemic in Arabic purportedly written by an unknown priest active in Toledo in the mid-1...
Lavigerie and Islam, an ambiguous legacy
In a recent article on the contribution of the White Fathers to the renewal of Catholic attitudes towards Islam, Rémi Caucanas rightly notes that their founder’s legacy “was not without ambiguity”...
Blessed Ramon Llull: the character and his relationship with Islam
The PISAI is pleased to announce the publication of the book Il beato Raimondo Lullo: il personaggio e il suo rapporto con l’Islam (Roma 2021), edited by Professor Diego Sarrió Cucarella, MAf...
‘Inimitable’ Koran ?
Interview with Pr. Tobias Specker, professor of Catholic Theology in the light of Islam at Sankt Georgen Graduate school of Philosophy and Theology, Frankfurt, Germany, about his book : Gottes Wort...
God’s Word and Human Language Christian theology of revelation and Islamic positions on the inimitability of the Koran
God’s Word is at the centre of both the Christian and Islamic faiths. Revelation and language are thus closely related in both religions. Tobias Specker brings Islamic and Christian theology,...
Rethinking the Muslim-Christian living together in Lebanon / Amin Elias
On the eve of the first centenary of the proclamation of the State of Greater Lebanon (September 1, 1920), this intervention proposes to expose and analyse the position of Muslims in Lebanon toward...
The view of Lebanese Islam on the other: what specificity?
Salim Daccache, Rector of Saint Joseph University since 2012. Doctor of Letters and Philosophy and in Educational Sciences. Argument: How does Lebanese Islam look at the other, the Christian, it...