Ph.D. dott. Davide Tacchini

Gastwissenschaftler am Lehrstuhl für Systematische Theologie und Ethik
Vita Eintrag erweitern

Davide Tacchini

Title: Ph.D., Dott. Ling. & Lett.
Date of birth: September 20th, 1974.
Place of birth: Piacenza, Italy 
Office: Jentower, Leutragraben 1, room 15 N 03, Jena, Germany.
Tel.  +393475376512,
E-mail: davide.tacchini@uni-jena.de  / davide.tacchini@unicatt.it  / davide.tacchini@unipr.it

Languages Eintrag erweitern
  • Italian (mother tongue)
  • English (fluent, read, written and spoken), I.E.L.T.S. British Council Certificate of Proficiency.
  • Arabic (M.S.A.: fluent, read and spoken, Egyptian Colloquial , Good, Lebanese Colloquial, Basic).
  • French (Good, read, written and spoken)
  • Spanish (Good, read and spoken)
  • Persian–Farsi- (basic, read and spoken)
  • German (Basic, read and spoken)
  • Latin (Good working knowledge)
Current Positions Eintrag erweitern
  • Research Fellow and Project Coordinator at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität (Jena Center For Reconciliation Studies) Jena, Germany.
  • Visiting Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Parma (DUSIC Dipartimento di Discipline Umanistiche, Sociali e delle Imprese), Parma Italy,
  • Cultore della Materia in Islamic Studies and The Catholic University, Milan. (Ph.D. Candidates Supervision, MA Theses reviews).
Memberships Eintrag erweitern
  • Inter-University Center for Cultures, Law and Religion (member of the Scientific Committee).
  • Ecclesiological Investigation International Research Network (member of the Advisory Board).
  • Muslims in European Prisons Study Group, European Academy of Religion (Member of the Board/Observation Team)
  • Gruppo di Studio sull’Islam, Ufficio Nazionale per l’Ecumenismo e il Dialogo Interreligioso, Conferenza Episcopale Italiana (study group on Islam, National Office for Ecumenism and Interfaith Dialogue, National Conference of Italian Bishops) , Member of the Academic Committee (http://ecumenismo.chiesacattolica.it/category/documenti/schede-sullislam/)
  • American Academy of Religion, Regular Member
  • European Academy of Religion, Regular Member
Education Eintrag erweitern
  • 2006  Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the Catholic University, Milan, Italy. Dissertation Title: Radical Islamic Views of  Christianity and the Western World in Early 20th Century Polemic Literature.
  • 1998 Degree in Oriental Languages and Literatures (Dottore in Lingua e Letteratura Araba) [equivalent to M.A. Hons.], First Class (110/110 magna cum laude) Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy. First Oriental Language: Arabic, Second Oriental Language: Farsi; complementary Western language: English.
  • 1993 Maturitá Scientifica after 5 years at  ‘Liceo Scientifico’ (High School Diploma).
Other Courses and Certificates Eintrag erweitern
  • 2000, May-December (600 hours of tuition, 200 hours of stage).  Cultural Facilitator professional course at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano.  Final exam evaluation 100/100.
  • 2014, DITALS-2 Certificate for Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language. University of Siena.

 

  • I have been part of a boy scout group of the Italian Catholic Scout Association (AGESCI) for 20 years, 6 of which as a troop leader (until 2001). I took part in the 19th World Scout Jamboree in Chile in 1999 with the International Service Group, acting as a translator (Italian-English-Arabic-French and Spanish) and hike guide. I participate in the Inline downhill (downhill competitions with inline skates) World Cup Circuit since 2000 winning
  • A Bronze Medal in the 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013 World Cup Overall ranking,
  • Various podiums in international competitions (in Austria, USA, France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland), and
  • I have been Italian National Champion in 2013 and vice-national Champion in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017.
  • Other than sport, I love photography. I have organized local exhibitions and have taken part in some contests at the regional level. My favorite subject is water, but I enjoy taking sport pictures and close-ups, too.
Other Activities Eintrag erweitern
  • I have been part of a boy scout group of the Italian Catholic Scout Association (AGESCI) for 20 years, 6 of which as a troop leader (until 2001). I took part in the 19th World Scout Jamboree in Chile in 1999 with the International Service Group, acting as a translator (Italian-English-Arabic-French and Spanish) and hike guide. I participate in the Inline downhill (downhill competitions with inline skates) World Cup Circuit since 2000 winning
  • A Bronze Medal in the 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013 World Cup Overall ranking,
  • Various podiums in international competitions (in Austria, USA, France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland), and
  • I have been Italian National Champion in 2013 and vice-national Champion in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017.
  • Other than sport, I love photography. I have organized local exhibitions and have taken part in some contests at the regional level. My favorite subject is water, but I enjoy taking sport pictures and close-ups, too.
Research Interests Eintrag erweitern
  • Radical Islam: Sayyid Qutb and the role of his thought and personal story in contemporary Islamism, Radical Muslim Views of Christianity: the Muslim View of St. Paul.
  • Islam in the West / Islam in Europe / Christian-Muslim Relations / Islamic Reformation (Islāh, Tajdīd) in the thought of of contemporary Muslim thinkers (Tareq Oubrou, Tāriq Ramadān, ‘Abdullahi Ahmad An-Na‘īm, Abdolkarim Soroush, Mohammed Ābid al-Jābirī). Italian Islam and the Catholic Church.
  • Studies on Islam and Democracy
  • Imam training and the Formation of Muslim Religious Leaders in the West.
  • Muslim inmates in European Prisons beyond C.V.R.
  • The Mosque as a physical representation of Identity - Western Muslim Architecture.
  • Qur’anic Studies: the hermeneutical approach to the Sacred text by Nasr Hāmid Abū Zayd
  • Migration Studies: human mobility and forced migrations from central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa to Europe.
  • Muslims in China and Islam in mainstream Western Press.
Publications Eintrag erweitern

Books

  • (2015) Radicalismo islamico, Il diario del soggiorno di Sayyid Qutb, negli Stati Uniti dal 1948 al 1950, (Radical Islamism, the diary of Sayyid Quṭb’s  trip to the US from 1948 to 1950), Milan 2015, Obarrao Editore, (In Italian), pp. 162. ISBN.978-8897332-75-6. (In this book I have translated Sayyid Quṭb’s Amrikā allatī ra’aytu -America I have seen-, and it is the first full translation into Italian of the "book").
  • (2014) Islam e Integrazione in Italia. (Islam and Integration in Italy), Milan-Venice 2014, Marsilio Editore.  With A. Angelucci and M. Bombardieri, in Italian, pp. 166. ISBN: 978-88-317-1849-3.
  • (2006) Sharh al-luġa al-‘arabiyya li’l-ītāliyyīn, Guida alla comprensione dei fondamenti della lingua araba con suggerimenti per migliorare la didattica dell’italiano agli studenti arabofoni (Introduction to Arabic Language, how to teach Italian to Arabic native speakers), in "Quaderni del Centro Studi", Cremona 2006, ed. Comune di Cremona, Associazione Centro Studi e Ricerche Sociali, published in November 2006. (In Italian), pp. 97, in Italian.

Peer Reviewed Articles and Book chapters

  • La figura dell’Imam dall’Islam classico alla situazione italiana contemporanea, (The figure of Imam from Classical Islam to Contemporary Italian Situation) CEI, Conferenza Episcopale Italiana, Ufficio Nazionale per l’Ecumenismo e il Dialogo Interreligioso. Online September 2016. Italian.
  • http://www.chiesacattolica.it/ecumenismo/siti_di_uffici_e_servizi/ufficio_nazionale_per_l_ecumenismo_e_il_dialogo_interreligioso/00071150_Schede_per_una_conoscenza_piu_approfondita_dell_Islam.html
  • Italian Islam, Imam and Mosque Today, in "The Character of Christian-Muslim Encounter, Essays in Honour of David Thomas".  Ed. By D. Pratt, J. Hoover, J. Davies, J. Chesworth. Leiden, Brill, 2015. In English.
  • Islam and Democracy: Voices of Muslims Amongst Us (with Hon. Amédée Turner), in Mattson, I., Nebitt-Larkin, P. e Nawaz, T. (ed.), "Religion and Representation: Islam and Democracy", Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015. Pp. 228-242. Peer Reviewed.
  • L’Imam, questo sconosciuto. Chi è e cosa fa, (Imam, the unkown. Who he is and what he does) in Angelucci, A., Bombardieri, M., Tacchini, D., Islam e Integrazione in Italia. (Islam and Integration in Italy), Milan-Venice 2014, Marsilio Editore, pp. 115-131. In Italian.
  • Islam, Mosques and Islamic Centers in the United States of America, in Allievi, Stefano (Ed.) Mosques in Europe. Why a solution has become a problem. p. 373-381. London 2011: Alliance Publishing Trust. ISBN/ISSN: 9781907376078 Nr. 135938. In English.
  • Paul, the One Whom Christians Call Apostle. A Journey Through Muslim Anti-Pauline Polemic, in San Paolo letto da Oriente, ed. Bartolomeo Pirone - Elena Bolognesi, Studia Orientalia Christiana Monographiae 18, The Franciscan Centre of Christian Oriental Studies, Musky, Cairo, Edizioni Terra Santa, Milano, 2010, pp. 219-236. In English.
  • Islam and Christianity: Prospects of Dialogue in the West, (with Select Bibliography) In "Proceedings of the International Conference Western Islam, "New" Muslims Between Tradition and Modernity", held in Piacenza, Italy on April 21, 2007, "Annali di Scienze Religiose", December (2) 2009. In English.
  • Paul the Forgerer, Classical and Modern Radical Muslim Views of the Apostle of Tarsus, in "Islamochristiana", 34, (2008), pp. 129-147. In English.
  • Paolo il falsificatore, visioni islamiche radicali dell’Apostolo di Tarso, (Paul the Forgerer, Radical Islamic Views of the Apostle of Tarsus), in "Annali di scienze religiose", 10/2005, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano. In Italian.

Other Articles and Book chapters

  • Perchè il Belgio? (why Belgium?) In Piacenzasera.it, March 23, 2016, available online: http://piacenzasera.it/editoriali/perche-belgio-come-reagire-ora-intervento.jspurl?IdC=1093&IdS=1093&tipo_padre=0&tipo_cliccato=0&id_prodotto=66633&css=homepage.css
  • Rifugiati, Richiedenti Asilo, Migranti, l’importanza dei termini  (Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Migrants. The Importance of  Language), in "Libertà", October 10, 2015, pp. 51.
  • Insieme con i musulmani europei possiamo sconfiggere il terrorismo (together with European Muslims we can beat terror), in piacenzasera.it January 8, 2015, available online www.piacenzasera.it.
  • Quale futuro per l’Egitto? I Fratelli Musulmani sono incompatibili con il potere (Which Future for Egypt? The Muslim Brothers and their Incompatibility with Power), in Libertà, September 1, 2013, p. 1 and 7.
  • Ripensare il Diritto d’Asilo, un’occasione importante per Piacenza (Rethinking Asylum, an Important Occasion for Piacenza), in "Libertà", December 15, 2012, pp. 1 and 7.
  • La Democrazia di Ramadan (The Democracy of Ramadan), in "Libertà", August 21, 2012 pp. 1 and 6.
  • La Primavera del Cairo (Cairo’s Spring), in "Dialogo", XX, 3-4, April-May, 2011, pp. 4-5.
  • Dall’accoglienza al dialogo. L’omelia del card. Carlo Maria Martini vent’anni dopo (From welcome to Dialogue, Card. Martini’s homily 20 years later), in Libertà, January 5, 2011, pp. 10-11.
  • Translation from Arabic into Italian of Prof. Wâ’il Fârûq’s lecture: Kayfa Yumârisu al-Muslimûna al-Ḥadâtha wa yarfuḍûnahâ fî nafs al-waqt (How Muslims Practice Modernity and Refuse it at the Same Time), with Dr. Paola Busnelli. In "Proceedings of the International Conference Western Islam, "New" Muslims Between Tradition and Modernity", held in Piacenza, Italy on April 21, 2007, Annali di SCienze Religiose, December (2) 2009.
  • The World is on the Move (il mondo è in movimento), le sfide della scuola italiana in occasione della giornata europea del dialogo interculturale (The challenges of the Italian School System in Occasion of the European Day of Intercultural Dialogue), in "Libertà", October 7, 2010, p. 1-7.
  • Integrazione: bisogna meritarla (Integration Should Be Deserved), In "Libertà", Sept. 20, 2009, pp. 1 and 6.
  • Moschee in Città, Islam Nuovo (Urban Mosques, the New Challenge of Islam) in "Libertà", Sept. 17, 2009, p. 16.
  • L’efficacia della comunicazione interculturale in una società multietnica (the effectiveness of intercultural communication in a multi-ethnic society), with Martino Pillitteri, available on line. http://212.239.18.53/DotNetNuke/Portals/12/materiali/Report%20seminario%20sulla%20comunicazione%20interculturale.pdf, 2008.
  • L’islam fra tradizione e modernità (Islam between tradition and modernity), in "Libertà", April 21, 2007.
  • Translation from French into Italian of 40 terms of the Dictionnaire du Coran (ed. Laffont), Dizionario del Corano, Milano 2007, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore. Among the terms I have translated: Allâh, Connaissance, Création, Ka‘ba, Prière Canonique, Pilliers de l’Islam, Résurrection.
  • Storie di donne che hanno detto no (Stories of women who said no), interview, in "Il nuovo Giornale", September 2006 (in Italian).
  • L’islam di oggi fra religione e impegno politico (Present-day Islam between religion and politics), in "Libertà", February 2, 2006 (in Italian).
  • About 20 Book Reviews between 2008 and 2017, published by The Muslim World, Annali di Scienze Religiose, and others.

Forthcoming Publications

  • BOOK: Islam and Democracy: Voices of Muslims Amongst Us, Edited by Davide Tacchini and Amédée Turner. This book will include the commented full text of the survey conducted by A. Turner Muslim Grassroots in the West discuss Democracy, already available online, with no comments at http://www.muslim-grass-roots-discuss-democracy.com , and a collection of unpublished one-to-one interviews with Muslims (professionals, students, workers, community leaders etc.) who live in the West. In English.
  • BOOK: Tacchini, D., Bombardieri, M., Angelucci, A., Italy and Islam. The Challenge of Inte(g)ration. Submitted for publication to Routledge (In English).
  • BOOK: Storie. La migrazione forzata ai giorni nostri. (Stories, Forced Migration Nowadays). Accepted for Publication, Obarrao Publisher, Milan. In Italian.
  • BOOK CHAPTERS:
  • Imams in Italy: State of the Art and Prospects the Current Situation and Prospects of Muslim Religious Leaders Training, in the Near Future, accepted for publication, it will appear in: Hashas, Mohammed- Jaap de Ruiter, Jan (ed.), The Imamate in Western Europe, Developments, Transformations, and Institutional Challenges, Amsterdam University Press, 2018 (II Edition).
  • Presentazione del Diritto Islamico Classico (Presentation of Classical Islamic Law), due to appear in Atti della Winter School 2017, Diritto Comparato delle Religioni in "Annali di scienze religiose", 4/2018, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano. In Italian.
Courses, Conferences, Lectures Eintrag erweitern

Courses Taught (selection)

  • Post-Radicalism: 21st Century Islamic Fundamentalist Thought (FSU Jena, 2018)
  • Arabic Language I (FSU Jena, 2018 and Univ. of Parma, Italy, 2017-2018)
  • Modern and Contemporary Islamic Thought (Grad. Students, Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT, USA)
  • Islam in Contemporary Western Europe (Grad. students, Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT, USA)
  • Methodology for the Study of Religion (PhD Candidates, Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT, USA)
  • History of Islam (Pontifical Univ. of St. Thomas, Milan, Italy)
  • History of Christian-Muslim Relations (Pontifical Univ. of St. Thomas, Milan, Italy).
  • Introduction to Islam (The Catholic Univ., Milan and Pontifical Univ. of St. Thomas, Milan, Italy)
  • Arabic Language Intermediate/advanced (The Catholic Univ. Milan, Italy and Center for Social Studies, Cremona, Italy)

Conferences and Public Events organized

  • December 15, 2012: Rethinking Asylum in the 21st Century (www.rethinking-asylum.net) In collaboration with the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). Participants: Matthew Gibney (Oxford Centre for Refugee Studies), Anna Rowlands (King’s College, London), Juergen Humburg (UNHCR), Daniela di Capua (SPRAR Italy National Director) and myself.
  • April 10, 2010, International Conference: Ecumenical Perspectives of the Dialogue with Islam, in partnership with the Milan Catholic University, and the Scuola di Formazione Teologica (National Theological Formation Institute). Participants: Prof. Radko Popov (University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria), Rev. Nicolas Mumejian (Duke University, USA), Prof. Paolo Branca (Milan Catholic University), Prof. Paolo Nicelli (PIME, Milan) and myself.
  • April 21, 2007, International Conference: Western Islam, "New" Muslims Between Tradition and Modernity, in partnership with the Milan Catholic University and the Provincial Commission for Inter-Religious Dialogue. Participants: Prof. Gamāl al-Bannā (Cairo University), Prof. Wā’il Fārūq (American University in Cairo), Prof. Senad Bajramovic (University of Zagreb), Prof. Paolo Branca (Milan Catholic University), Prof. Stefano Allievi (University of Padua) and myself.
  • 2005 and 2006, Series of Lectures: Islam and Christianity: Mutual Knowledge For a Deeper Dialogue, promoted by the Provincial Commission for Inter-Religious Dialogue. Participants: Prof. Paolo Branca (Milan Catholic University). Prof. Francesco Zannini (P.I.S.A.I., Rome), Prof. Ida Zilio-Grandi (University of Genoa), Prof. Angelo Scarabel (University of Venice) and myself.

Main Lectures (selection among more than150 lectures given)

  • March 13, 2018, Sassari, Italy. Casa Circondariale G. Bacchiddu (Maximum Security Prison) in collaboration with the Univ. of Sassari, Faculty of Law. Public Lecture: The current situation of Muslims in Italian prisons: Dangers of Radicalization. In Italian.
  • March 5, 2018, Bologna, Italy, European Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, my lecture: Muslim Leaders’ Training and Muslim Inmates in Italy and the USA. Any possible Comparison? In English.
  • May 30, 2017, Jena, Germany, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, International Conference, Reformation and Global Reconciliation. My lecture: Radical Muslim Views of Reformed Christianity, a new perspective for Muslim-Christian Relations. In English.
  • May 10, 2017, Pisa, Italy, University of Pisa, Dept. of Political Science, Public Lecture. Pensiero Islamico Radicale, la Figura di Sayyid Qutb (Radical Islamic Thought, the Figure of Sayyid Qutb).
  • March 26, 2017, Milan, Italy. MUDEC - Bookpride. Public Lecture in one of Italy’s most important bookfairs. Radicalismo e Martirio nell’Islam moderno (Radicalism and Martyrdom in Modern Islam), With Prof. Paolo Branca.
  • July 24, 2016, Hong Kong, Ming Hua College / Chinese University Hong Kong, International Conference "Faith in China".  My Lecture: Chinese Muslim Communities in the Image of the Western Press. In English.
  • January 25, 2016, Cairo Montenotte, Italy, The State Correction Officers National School, Public Lecture, School Plenary Session: The current situation of Muslims in Italian prisons compared to the one of other European Countries and the USA: The Dangers of Radicalization.
  • September 21, 2015, Univ. of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK. CMR1900 Project: Editing a book Chapter in Christian-Muslim Relations in the 21st Century. The highest Academic Standards.
  • May 22, 2015, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA. Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network Annual Meeting: my lecture: Training Muslims Religious Leaders in 21st Century Italy. The FIDR project (In English).
  • April 13, 2015, University of London, London, UK. International Conference, BRAIS Annual Conference. Islam and Democracy: Muslim Voices Amongst Us, with the Hon. Amédée Turner, (In English).
  • December 8, 2014, Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT, USA. Public Lecture: Islam and Integration in Italy (in English).
  • November 6, 2014, LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, Italy, International Conference "Imams in the West". The FIDR, New Religious Presences in Italy Program, With Prof. Paolo Branca (The Catholic Univ. Milan) and Imam Yahya S. Y. Pallavicini (COREIS Italy). In English.
  • May 4, 2014, Piacenza, Italy, Muslim Cultural Centre, International Conference: Muslimū Ūrūbā: Hiwār, Tu‘āysh wa Salām (Muslims of Europe, Dialogue, Coexistence and Peace). My lecture, Al-Islām fī Ūrūbā aw al-Islām al-Ūrūbī? (Islam in Europe or European Islam?). In Arabic.
  • April 10, 2014, Ripon College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK. International Conference: Contemporary Methods of Christian-Muslim Understanding, my lecture: Islam and Democracy as a Method of Inter-religious Understanding, with the Hon. Amédée Turner, QC. (in English).
  • April 2, 2014, Salahuddin University, Erbil, Iraq. International Conference: Islam and Modernity. Al-Islam wa ’d-Dimuqratiya: aswat al-Muslimin fi ’l-Gharb. (Islam and Democracy, Voices of Muslims in the West) in Arabic.
  • October 3, 2013, University of Padua, Padua, Italy, Interfaith Dialogue and Peace. Public Conference organized by the US Dept. of State (the US Consulate in Milan). With Imam M. Bashar Arafat (CECF, Notre Dame of Maryland University), Prof. Stefano Allievi and Prof. Adone Brandalise (University of Padua). In English and Italian.
  • April 30, 2013. Bologna, Italy, Confederazione Islamica Italiana (Italian National Islamic Federation), National Conference. La diversità nell’islam e il Dialogo Interreligioso (Diversity in Islam and Interreligious Dialogue), with I.U. Yahya S. Y. Pallavicini, Hon. Khalid Chaouki and S.I. Taher Tujkani (European Council of Ulamā), in Italian and Arabic.
  • December 15, 2012, Piacenza, Italy, International Conference Rethinking Asylum in the 21st Century, Theory and Practice. My Lecture: The World is on the Move: Migration as the Human Face of Globalization. In English.
  • June 27, 2012, Florence, Italy, Istituto Superiore di Scienze Umane, European Doctoral Programme. Understanding Contemporary Societies: Change, Diversity, Social Movements and Religions.  My Lecture: Islam in Europe. In English.
  • March 27, 2012, Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT, USA, Public Lecture. Islam and Democracy in the 21st Century. (youtube.com/watch?v=8sDSRK-Bnfs), in English.
  • March 25, 2012, London, ON, Canada. University of Western Ontario / Huron University College. International Conference: "Islam and Democracy, Potentials and Possibilities". My lecture, with the Hon. Amédée Turner. Voices of Muslims amongst Us, Official presentation of the Research "Muslim Grassroots Discuss Democracy". In English.
  • January 28, 2012, Pisa, Italy, Scuola Superiore Universitaria di S. Anna, International Conference: Giornate di Diritto Islamico (the Days of Islamic Law). Primavera Araba, inverno Musulmano? Le recenti Rivolte in Nord Africa e Medio Oriente sotto la lente del pensiero islamico moderno. (Arab Spring, Muslim Winter? The recent revolts in North Africa in the mirror of Modern Islamic Thought). In Italian and French.
  • September 23, 2011, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, CESPEC Summer School, Alba Campus, Alba, Cuneo. Religious Freedom, a Comparison among Different Cultural Perspectives. with Prof. Bjorn Krondorfer (St. Mary’s College of Maryland). My Lecture: Mosques and Islamic Centers in the USA and Europe: the Physical Representation of a New Muslim Identity. (In English).
  • September 21, 2011, Cuneo, Italy, Public Lecture. Cosa succede sull’altra sponda del Mediterraneo? Religioni, democrazia e trasformazioni nel mondo arabo-mediterraneo (What is going on on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea? Religions, Democracy and Major Changes in the Arab-Mediterranean World), With Prof. G.L. Parolin (American University in Cairo). In Italian.
  • May 5, 2011, Lugano, Switzerland. SUPSI, Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari / Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera italiana, Dipartimento Scienze Aziendali e Sociali, Centro di Documentazione e Ricerca sulle Migrazioni. With prof. Aldo Sofia and Elisa Pelizzari. The So called Arab Spring, what may Tunis and Cairo teach us? (In Italian)
  • February 9, 2011, Milan, Italy. Public Lecture at the Catholic University. America Barbara e Infedele.  L’America che ho visto di Sayyid Qutb e le origini dell’anti-americanismo islamista (Barbarian and Infidel America, Sayyid Qutb’s "America I have seen" and the origins of Muslim anti-Americanism).  In Italian.
  • December 13, 2010, Madrid, Spain, International Conference of Junior Researchers in Mediterranean and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (Comisión Jóvenes Investigadores ILC CCHS CSIC). Do Muslims Refuse Modernity? How European Islam May Help Moving Forward (In English and Spanish).
  • December 7, 2010, Washington, DC, USA, The Catholic University of America, School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Hermeneutics of the Other and the "Reification" of Christian-Muslim Relations (In English).
  • November 24, 2010, Granada, Spain, Ibadah, Reunion des Expertos sur el papel de las Universidades Occidentales sobre la imagen del Islam y de los Musulmanes en Europa (International Conference for Experts on the Role of Western Universities about the image of Islam and Muslims in Europe). Dawr al-Jāmi‘āt al-ġarbiyya fī taṭawwur al-Islām fī ūrūbbā: ta’wīl al-akhar (The Role of Western Universities in the Development of the Image of Islam in Europe: the Hermeneutics of the Other). In Arabic.
  • July 25-31, 2010, Chianciano Terme (SI), Italy, SAE (National Secretariat for Ecumenical Activities) National Conference. Muslim-Christian, Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Muslim dialogues: obstacles and opportunities. (In Italian) With Prof. Bruno Segre and Prof. Adnane Mokrani (Graegoriana University, Rome). In Italian.
  • April 10, 2010, Milan, Italy, International Conference "Ecumenical Approaches of the Dialogue with Islam". Islam, a Helping Hand for Ecumenical Dialogue (In English).
  • June 26, 2009, Balliol College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, International Conference Law and Religion in Contemporary Europe. Muslim Places of Worship in Europe and the U.S.A. (In English)
  • May 6, 2009, Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT, USA, Public Lecture. Paul Whom the Christians Call Apostle (In English). With Prof. Kelton Cobb, Mahmoud Ayoub and Yahya M. Michot.
  • February 25, 2009, Milan Catholic University, Milan, Italy,International Conference Religion in the Public Space. Hartford Seminary, from the Missionary to the Imam. (In Italian)
  • November 18, 2008, Hartford, CT, USA, Connecticut Council for Religious Understanding,. Public Lecture: What a Billion Muslims Think. With Prof. Mahmoud Ayoub and Prof. Yahya M. Michot.
  • October 31, 2008, Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT. Public Lecture given in occasion of the visit to the Seminary of a delegation of Muslim Leaders from Indonesia and the Philippines. Hartford Seminary in a World of Difference.
  • June 6, 2008, Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey, International Conference "Istanbul Seminars 2008". Hartford Seminary, Exploring Differences, Deepening Faith: from the Missionary to the Islamic Chaplain. Panel with Prof. Andrew March (Yale University) and Prof. Carlos Thiebaut (University Carlos III, Madrid, Spain). In English.
  • April 22, 2008, Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT, USA. Public Lecture. Young, Italians, Muslims (during my lecture I showed a new video about young Muslims in Italy). In English.
  • March 12, 2008, Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT, USA, lecture given in occasion of the visit of a group of religious leaders from Kosovo and Macedonia. Muslim-Christian Relations in Italy. (In English)
  • February 28, 2008, Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT, USA,Public Lecture. Sayyid Qutb’s America I have seen, Mere Polemic or Something Deeper? (In English).
  • May 14, 2007, Brescia, Italy, Islam e modernità (Islam and Modernity). I acted as translator of the lecture given by Prof. Naṣr Ḥāmid Abū Zayd.
  • April 21, 2007, Piacenza, Italy, International Conference "Western Islam: New Muslims between Tradition and Modernity". Organizer and Discussant of the afternoon session and the final discussion.
  • March 4, 2007, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dhaka University, Dept. of World Religions, Christian-Muslim Dialogue in Europe (In English), with Dr. F. Francesco Rapacioli