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

Project presentation

Returning to the humanities, they are not only necessary, but crucial in promoting a de-radicalizing approach to both societies: the Islamic and the European, wondering that this research project intends to work none solely in relation to the Islamic World or the Old continent, but with both.

The idea is to create a project of preventive deradicalization of Muslim citizens and society working on a dual methodological and interdisciplinary attitude: the teaching of Islam, its history, its religious tradition, sociology etc. in parallel to that of the European western world history, culture and religious approach.

This project wants to develop a praxis of de-radicalization for Muslim European citizens, but also for Muslims within the Islamic world, rooted on a rediscovery of the humanities and in particular of their religious tradition through a historical-critical analysis of the same.

Affiliated university of the research group - Country
Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore, Milano / Italy
Research approach and methodology / Research area
  • Course Synopsis
  • Essay (multi-contributors)
  • Islamo-Christiana
  • Inter-religious studies
Research group leader


Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Navarra, Spain
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Working language of the group
English, French



Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Navarra, Spain


Associated Professor of Arabic and Islamology - Università Cattolica, Milano.



Basra, cradle of Islamic culture. An analysis of the urban area that was the early home of Islamic Studies - published in Italy - text in English, 2013


Fana’ al-Nar Within Early Kalam and Mysticism. An Analysis Covering the Eighth and Ninth Centuries. - published in Czech Republic - text in English, 2015


The apocatastasis will save us all. The transition towards a shared ethical approach from christian patristic to early islamic theology and philosophy - published in Lebanon - text in English, 2014


The historical debate on secularisation between F. Antun and M. Abduh. - published in the United Kingdom - text in English, 2013

Additional publications

  • Ashour Omar, The de-radicalization of Jihadists: Transforming armed Islamists Movements, New York: Routledge, 2009.
  • Chr. Baker Beall, Charlotte Heath Kelly and Lee Jarvis, Counter Radicalisation. Critical Perspectives, New York: Routledge, 2015.
  • Della Porta Donatella, LaFree Gary, “Guest Editorial: Processes of Radicalization and De-Radicalization”, in International Journal of Conflict and Violence, Vol. 6, n. 1, 2012.
  • Nawaz Maajid, In and Out of Islamism, London: Quilliam Foundation.
  • Jean Luc Marret, Prison De-Radicalization and disengagement : the French case, ICSR: Project on de-Radicalization in Jail, 2009.
  • Rabasa Angel, Deradicalizing Islamist Extremists, Rand Corporation, 2010.
  • Rubin Lawrence, Rohan Gunaratna, Jolene Anne R. Jerard, Terrorist Rehabilitation and Counter Radicalization. New approaches to counter-terrorism, New York: Routledge, 2011.
  • Alex P. Schmid – Eric Price, “ Selected literature on Radicalization and De-Radicalization of terrorists: Monographs, Edited Volumes, Grey Literature and Prime Articles published since the 1960s,” in Crime, Law and Social Change, Vol. 55, n. 4, 2011, pp. 337-348. (Eminent article in particular on sources about Western terrorism).
  • Zwitter Andrej, Human security, Law and the Prevention of Terrorism, New York: Routledge, 2011.