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Church and Islam in Italy

This volume, which is one of the initiatives promoted by the Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue Office of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, aims to illustrate and encourage the encounter and dialogue between Christians and Muslims. The authors explain that understanding Islam in Italy requires knowledge of Muslim organisations, ecclesiastical law and the figure of the imam, as well as a concrete encounter in the places where people live: the community, the school, the oratory, the prison, the hospital. Without forgetting the daily dimension of Islam – from dietary rules to festivals – and concrete attention to the poor.

Ce volume, qui s’inscrit parmi les initiatives promues par le Bureau œcuménisme et dialogue interreligieux de la Conférence épiscopale italienne, se propose d’illustrer et de favoriser la rencontre et le dialogue entre chrétiens et musulmans. La compréhension de l’islam en Italie – expliquent les auteurs – passe par la connaissance des organisations musulmanes, du droit ecclésiastique, de la figure de l’imam, mais aussi par la rencontre concrète sur les lieux de la vie : la communauté, l’école, l’oratoire, la prison, l’hôpital. Sans oublier la dimension quotidienne de l’islam – des règles alimentaires aux fêtes – et l’attention concrète aux pauvres.


Préface (G. Bassetti). I. Paramètres pour la compréhension de l’islam en Italie. 1. Organisations musulmanes et droit ecclésiastique italien (A. Angelucci). 2. La figure de l’imam de l’islam classique à la situation italienne contemporaine (D. Tacchini). 3. La visite à la communauté islamique «de proximité» (A. Ferrari – V. Ianari). II. Cohabiter en fraternité. 4. L’école et les musulmans : un défi interculturel (A. Cuciniello). 5. Musulmans à l’oratoire (A. Negri). 6. Les musulmans en prison (I. De Francesco). 7. Rencontrer les musulmans à l’hôpital (I. De Francesco). III. Interpréter l’islam dans le quotidien. 8. Islam : règles alimentaires, jeûne et fêtes (A. Cuciniello – M. Rizzi). 9. La question des images dans l’islam (M. Bombardieri).La zakāt. L’islam et l’attention concrète aux pauvres (S. Paternoster). IV. Thèmes en marge. 11. Trop d’accueil ? Données et pistes pour discuter d’immigration, d’asile, de solidarité (M. Ambrosini). Postfazione (A. Spreafico – C. Bettega).

إنّ هذا العدد المندرج ضمن المبادرات التي روّجت لها دائرة الحركة المسكونية والحوار بين الأديان المنبثقة من المؤتمر الأسقفي الإيطالي، يهدف إلى توضيح اللقاء والحوار بين المسيحيين والمسلمين وتشجيعهما. فعمليةُ فهم الإسلام في إيطاليا، بحسب ما يشرحه المؤلفون، تمرّ بمعرفة المنظّمات الملسمة، والقانون الكنسي، وصورة الإمام وبلقاء المسلمين الفعليّ في أماكن الحياة العامّة: المجتمع المحلّي، والمدرسة، والمصلى، والسجن والمستشفى. يجدر كذلك بعملية الفهم هذه أن تطال البُعدَ اليومي للإسلام، من قواعد تناول الطعام إلى الأعياد، والاهتمامَ الفعليّ الملموس بالفقراء.


Il volume, che si inserisce tra le iniziative promosse dall’Ufficio ecumenismo e dialogo interreligioso della Conferenza episcopale italiana, si propone di illustrare e favorire l’incontro e il dialogo tra cristiani e musulmani.
La comprensione dell’islam in Italia – spiegano gli autori – passa attraverso la conoscenza delle organizzazioni musulmane, del diritto ecclesiastico, della figura dell’imam, ma anche tramite l’incontro concreto nei luoghi della vita: la comunità, la scuola, l’oratorio, il carcere, l’ospedale. Senza dimenticare la dimensione quotidiana dell’islam – dalle regole alimentari alle feste – e l’attenzione concreta nei confronti dei poveri.


Prefazione (G. Bassetti).  I. Parametri per la comprensione dell’islam in Italia. 1. Organizzazioni musulmane e diritto ecclesiastico italiano (A. Angelucci).  2. La figura dell’imam dall’islam classico alla situazione italiana contemporanea (D. Tacchini).  3. La visita alla comunità islamica «di prossimità» (A. Ferrari – V. Ianari).  II. Convivere in fraternità. 4. La scuola e i musulmani: una sfida interculturale (A. Cuciniello).  5. Musulmani all’oratorio (A. Negri).  6. Musulmani in carcere (I. De Francesco).  7. Incontrare i musulmani in ospedale (I. De Francesco).  III. Interpretare l’islam nel quotidiano. 8. Islam: regole alimentari, digiuno e feste (A. Cuciniello – M. Rizzi).  9. La questione delle immagini nell’islam (M. Bombardieri).  10. La zakāt. L’islam e la concreta attenzione nei confronti dei poveri (S. Paternoster).  IV. Temi a margine. 11. Troppa accoglienza? Dati e spunti per discutere di immigrazione, asilo, solidarietà (M. Ambrosini).  Postfazione (A. Spreafico – C. Bettega).

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