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In the global context of identity tensions, migratory flows, depreciation of the image of the Muslim world and its association to Daesh and al-Qaeda’s terrorist attacks, the Institute of Science and Theology of Religions in Paris intends to carry out a research on the capacity of Islam to maintain a constructive and peaceful relationship with the ‘other’, both within the Muslim world and with other religions and cultures.This investigation is crucial in order to guarantee a community life in the Muslim world and in the West in the years to come. It calls for a transdisciplinary methodology which is not only a matter of scholarly Islamology but also of linguistics, history, political science, geography, sociology, law or philosophical anthropology.
Our research will identify semantic fields and concepts related to otherness in the corpus of primary sources (Qur’an and Sunnah). Our research will also critically reconsider the specific body of medieval Muslim writings which is “hijacked” by Islamist groups and used as their source of legitimacy. If the historical, sociological and political study of the facts and the strategies deployed within movements or organizations is unavoidable, the original perspective of our research is to involve a properly theological, linguistic and symbolic examination on the key texts on which contemporary fundamentalist discourses are based, to study them from a linguistic angle, to identify their historical contexts, to analyze their rhetoric and to assess their symbolic purpose.
Doctor in sociology and islamologist, researcher
Director of the Dominican Institute of Oriental Studies (IDEO, Cairo).
Doctor in theology and anthropology, director of the ISEO - Institut Supérieur d'Études Œcuméniques at the Institut catholique de Paris.
Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Civilization and the Arab World, University of Clermont Auvergne
Doctor in oriental studies, specialist in Shia islam.
Researcher in anthropology at the Centre d'études en sciences sociales du religieux, specialising in religious facts within Duodecimal Shia Islam
Nasser Suleiman Gabryel
Doctor in political science, lecturer and researcher at the Institut Catholique de Paris, Director of research at the Institut Montpensier.
Zohra Aziadé Zemirli
Post-doctoral fellow in law, Centre Population et Développement (CEPED; IRD/University of Paris)
Controversy over the perception and status of the other (wala and bara)
Lecture by Emmanuel PISANI, during the Second International Congress of PLURIEL in Rome The concepts of wala and bara [loyalty/friendship – disloyalty/enmity] have led to the development of a theological do...
to 19/11/21 to 20/11/21
Conference ‘Islam and Otherness. What Islamic theology of religious pluralism?’
Conference organised by the Institut Supérieur de Théologie des Religions - ISTR - of the Theologicum (Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences of the Institut Catholique de Paris). This confe...
DEADLINE : 01/11/21
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[Postponed] IFCU Symposium / Preparing for the COVID-19 World
Postponed to an unspecified date Symposium organized by the International federation of catholic Universities.--> Postponed to an unspecified date. The covid 19 pandemic has been a major crisi...
Webinar : Religions and secularism: the challenge of intransigence
Wednesday December 16th, 6.30PM (online) In a context marked by extremism, radicalism, separatism and communitarianism, French society is experiencing an intensification of identity-based and mi...