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Marco Demichelis, two months in Lyon

Lyon Catholic University  will host Marco Demichelis, researcher of PLURIEL network, in February and March 2018, for his research about “Qur’an and Qital. The violence against the Other in a historical critical deradicalizing perspective”

The main target is to provide a de-radicalized exegesis of violence against the Other in the Qur’an: from the first verse pronounced in chronological order to the last, without altering the historical reality and thus the cruelty of the Prophet Muhammad’s age, but deconstructing the Islamic first century violence against the Other, as well as, the literary one as expressed in the Islamic revelation. This study will emphasize a historical- exegetical and juridical understanding in the tentative to re-shape the meaning of the Arab conquests, the development of an early Jihad meaning, the Islamic legal making of a warfare religious regulation. Violence in its religious premise as well as its adoption in Islam, has become a normal praxis both in reference to a sharp increase in internal conflict: not only between Sunni and Shi’a, but among Muslims who support different radical points of view in relation to other religions: Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhist and atheism. This topic could be considered very popular; however, the exegetical -historical studies that focus on each individual verse as well as on the relationship between the Islamic revelation and the violence against non-Muslims, are limited and usually not linked to a historical-critical approach.
This work raises the triple target of understanding, first of all, where and when single verses of “violence” were pronounced, the early exegetical interpretation in relation to a literary and metaphorical understanding and finally the trivialized deconstruction adopted by Islamic fundamentalism today (Sayyid Qutb and Neo-Wahhabism, in specific).

Marco Demichelis (Torino, 1979) is Marie Curie Fellow (IF, 2016) in Islamic Studies and History of Middle East within the ICS at the University of Navarra. He previously worked as Research Fellow within the Dept. of Religious Studies at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Milan (2013-2016) and as Adjunct Prof. in History of Islamic World at the University of Turin (2010-2012). He recently published for Gorgias Press (eds. with Paolo Maggiolini), The Struggle to Define a Nation: Rethinking Religious Nationalism in the Contemporary Islamic World, while he is finalizing a monographic work on Fana’ an-Nar, the Annihiliation of Hell within Islamic Thought (forthcoming, Bloomsbury, 2018). In Italian he published several essays: Il Pensiero Mu‘ tazilita (PhD Diss., Torino: Harmattan, 2011), Storia dei Popoli Arabi. Dal Profeta Muhammad al XXI secolo (Torino: Anakelab, 2ed. 2015), L’Islam Contemporaneo. Sfide e Riflessioni tra Modernità e Modernismo (Torino: Anankelab, 2016), Etica Islamica. Ragione e Responsabilità (Milano: Edizioni Paoline, 2016). His academic articles have appeared on Oriente Moderno, JNES, Parole de l’Orient, ASQ, Archiv Orientalni, ASR, Orientalia Christiana Analecta.


See Marco Demichelis’ PLURIEL page

L’université catholique de Lyon accueillera Marco Demichelis, chercheur du réseau PLURIEL, en février et mars 2018 dans le cadre de ses recherches sur
“Qur’an and Qital. The violence against the Other in a historical critical deradicalizing perspective”

Marco Demichelis est membre du réseau de PLURIEL, boursier Marie Curie en études islamiques et histoire du Moyen-Orient à l’Université de Navarre. Il a précédemment travaillé en tant que chercheur au Département des études religieuses de l’Université catholique du Sacré-Cœur à Milan (2013-2016) et comme professeur auxiliaire en histoire du monde islamique à l’Université de Turin (2010-2012).

L’objectif principal de ses travaux est de fournir une approche exégétique de la violence contre l’Autre dans le Coran. Cette étude met l’accent sur une approche historico-exégétique et juridique du Coran dans le but de réinterpréter le sens des conquêtes arabes, le développement de la notion du djihad et la dimension juridique de la guerre en islam.

La violence dans sa dimension religieuse est devenue une conception normale, non seulement par rapport aux conflits internes à islam, comme ceux entre sunnites et chiites, mais également parmi les musulmans vis-à-vis des autres religions comme le christianisme, le judaïsme, l’hindouisme, le bouddhisme et l’athéisme.

Ce travail soulève le triple objectif, celui de comprendre les circonstances de la révélation des versets dits de la “violence”, l’interprétation exégétique par rapport à une compréhension littéraire et métaphorique et finalement la déconstruction banalisée adoptée aujourd’hui par le fondamentalisme islamique (Sayyid Qutb et Néo-Wahhabisme, en particulier).

Voir la page PLURIEL de Marco Demichelis

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