The Centro Studi Interreligiosi della Gregoriana and PISAI launch a research group on the theme of fraternity from the Abu Dhabi Document on HUMAN FRATERNITY FOR WORLD PEACE AND AND LIVING TOGETHER, signed by Pope Francis and the Great Imam of Al-Azhar on February 4th, 2019
Laurent Basanese, director of the Centro answers a few questions of Pluriel :
1. How and why did you choose the theme of fraternity?
The choice of the research theme has come gradually. Above all, there was a need to honor a lack but also a desire for research on Islam and Christianity here in Rome. University professors can not just teach or publish articles on their own, without meeting and doing research together. After the extremely positive experience of the 2nd PLURIEL Congress “Islam and Belongings” in June 2018 at the Pontifical Gregorian University, with the FUCE, PISAI and Centro Studi Interreligiosi della Gregoriana, we told ourselves, Diego Sarrió Cucarella and myself, that it was necessary to continue the research at the local level, that is to say, Roman, which is a particular context because Seat of the successor of Pierre, European capital and place of crossing of so many cultures. To work on the theme of fraternity (friendship – enmity – limits …) came later, and after having contacted researchers of different specialties, interested in issues related to Islam and which are stable in Rome. Two rounds led unanimously to the choice of this rich theme. Of course, we remembered the recent meeting in Abu Dhabi and the signing of the Document on the Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together of Pope Francis and the Great Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad al-Tayyeb on February 4th, 2019.
2. Can you explain the functioning of the PISAI-Gregorian co-direction?
For the functioning of the research group, we alternate animation, Diego and myself, once at the Gregorian, another time at PISAI. We often work together, following the signing of a Convention between our institutions in September 2015, when the Centro Studi Interreligiosi della Gregoriana was created. A Gregorian-PISAI joint publication of the results of our research is also planned at the end of the group in December 2020.
3. What will be the method and the rythm of work?
A meeting every two months, one or two members of the group presents his article sent a few days ago to all. The article is discussed orally and the researcher who presents his theses takes note of the remarks made. The common language is Italian. All this is very rewarding.
4. Why did you join the Pluriel network with this group?
Once again, it is not possible to remain alone in the academic world. The University must be a place of confrontation, progress, debate, mutual enrichment. The PLURIEL network is a great opportunity to renew oneself, to grow science, and to help man.