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The document on Human Fraternity: theological, philosophical and social reflections and developments (Rome)

Study on the theme of fraternity from the Abu Dhabi Document on HUMAN FRATERNITY FOR WORLD PEACE AND LIVING TOGETHER, signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar on February 4, 2019


The choice of the research theme came gradually. First of all, there was a need to honour a lack, but also a desire for research on Islam and Christianity here in Rome. University professors cannot just teach or publish articles on their own, without meeting and doing research together. After the extremely positive experience of the PLURIEL Congress “Islam and Belongings” in June 2018 at the Gregorian, with FUCE, PISAI and the Centro Studi Interreligiosi della Gregoriana, Diego Sarrió Cucarella and I said to ourselves that we should continue the research at the local level, that is to say, in Rome, which is a particular context because it is the seat of the successor of Peter, the European capital and a place where so many cultures cross. Working on the theme of fraternity (friendship – enmity – limits…) came as a second step, and after having contacted researchers of different specialities, interested in the problems linked to Islam and who are stable in Rome. Two rounds of discussion led unanimously to the choice of this rich theme. We were of course reminded of the recent meeting in Abu Dhabi and the signing of the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Common Coexistence between Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad al-Tayyeb on 4 February.

PISAI-Gregorian co-direction

For the functioning of the research laboratory, Diego and I alternate the animation, one time at the Gregorian and the other time at the PISAI. We often work together, following the signing of a Convention between the two Institutions in September 2015, when the Centro Studi Interreligiosi della Gregoriana was created. A joint Gregorian-PISAI publication of the results of our research is planned at the end of the group on Fraternity.

Method and rhythm of work

A meeting every two months, one or two members of the group present their article sent a few days before to all. The article is discussed orally and the researcher who presents his thesis takes note of the remarks made. The common language is Italian. All this is very enriching.

A PLURIEL member group

It is not possible to remain alone in the academic world. The University must be a place of confrontation, progress, debate and mutual enrichment. The PLURIEL network is a great opportunity to renew ourselves, to make science grow, and to help people.

by Laurent Basanèse, co-referent of the group, director of the Centre for Interreligious Studies of the Pontifical Gregorian University (2019)

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Group members

Laurent Basanese

Official member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Professor at the Faculty of Missiology of the Gregorian University

Ambrogio Bongiovanni

Director of the Gregorian Center for Interreligious Studies

Valentino Cottini

Professor of Bible and Koran at PISAI, Director of the journal Islamochristiana

Andrea Mandonico

Invited Lecturer at the Centre for interreligious studies

Adnane Mokrani

Aggregate Professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), Senior Research Fellow and member of the John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies (Fscire)

Wasim Salman

Professor of contemporary Arabic Islamic thought at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI)

Diego Sarrió Cucarella

President of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic Studies and Islamology (PISAI) in Rome

Virgilio Sottana

Professor of Systematic Theology and Theology of Religions, Faculty of Theology of Triveneto, Padua, Italy

Federico Stella

Lecturer in Islamic philosophy at the Gregorian Centre for Interreligious Studies, Rome

Jason Welle

Dean of Studies at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies Rome

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