Comparative study on religious freedom across the two Mediterranean shores (Como and Varese)

Project presentation

The Research Centre “Religion, Law and Economy in the Mediterranean Area” (“Religioni, Diritti ed Economie nello Spazio Mediterraneo” – REDESM), established within the University of Insubria, aims to foster and develop research, knowledge exchange and education projects related to religious pluralism in the Mediterranean area, with the objective of achieving a better mutual knowledge among different religions, cultures and societies living in this key geopolitical region.

With the interdisciplinary approach that stems from the unique expertise of the Department of Law, Economy and Cultures of the University of Insubria (Como), whose activities include courses in Law, Economy and subjects pertaining to social, cultural and linguistic pluralism, the Centre takes a special interest in the challenges of religious diversity in contemporary societies, both from a legal and a socio-economic perspective.

Fostering a deeper insight into the different issues related to religious pluralism, the Centre seeks to strengthen dialogue and cooperation, in pursuit of common cultural grounds and of peaceful coexistence in the Mediterranean. The Centre will also serve as a research-forum for the discussion of current issues and as a gathering point for people interested in these topics.

Affiliated university of the research group - Country
Università degli Studi dell’Insubria (Como and Varese) / Italy
Research approach and methodology / Research area

Research projects, publications, and education projects will be among the main activities of the Centre, in order to promote knowledge of implications and impacts of religious pluralism in the Mediterranean countries and to disseminate information and research results. Intellectual, cultural and research exchange will be promoted through web-pages, seminars, conferences, public debates, courses, Summer school and other scientific and education activities. All the objectives of the Centre are pursued within a perspective of mutual understanding, respect and appreciation of diversity, seeking a shared interpretation of fundamental rights granted at the International level.

Research group leader

FERRARI Alessandro

Professor of Comparative Religious Laws - Insubria University (Como and Varese).
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Working language of the group
Italian, French, English


FERRARI Alessandro

Professor of Comparative Religious Laws - Insubria University (Como and Varese).


Professor of islamic theology and islamic philosophy - Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

ALUFFI Roberta

Professeur de droit comparé et chercheuse en droit des migrations - Università di Torino.

AMBROSIO Alberto Fabio

Professeur de théologie du dialogue interreligieux, chercheur au sujet de l'islam en Turquie - Institut Pontifical des Études Arabes et Islamiques, Rome.

HURD Elizabeth Shakman

Professor of religion, politics and international relations - Northwestern University, Evanston.


Member of the Working group for the survey on the definition of anti-Semitism approved by the IHRA - International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, at the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Philosophy of Law (curriculum Law and Religion and canon Law). Master of Arts (MA) in Comparative Can and Ecclesiastical Law (curriculum Comparative Religious Law). LLM and Barrister.



Silence and Speech Etiquette, A Contribution to the Study of Islamic Ethics - published in Italy - text in English, 2016


Ḥilm or “Judiciousness”: A Contribution to the Study of Islamic Ethics - published in France - text in English, 2015


Réflexions sur la raḥma dans la tradition religieuse islamique - published in Italy - text in French, 2015


The Gratitude of Man and the Gratitude of God. Notes on šukr in Traditional Islamic Thoughts - published in Italy - text in English, 2012

Additional publications

  • FERRARI Alessandro, Diritto e religione nell’islam mediterraneo, il Mulino, Bologna 2012.
  • Religions and Constitutional Transitions in the Muslim Mediterranean: The Pluralistic Moment, in press (Ashgate).


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Diritto e religione nell’islam mediterraneo Bologna, il Mulino, 2012, Details