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Relativism

Few concepts are both so controversial and recurrent within the philosophical and cultural debate as the concept of relativism.

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Modernity

The concept of modernity can be analysed from various points of view. A sociological perspective sees modernity as the historical era arising from feudal society’s profound transformation processes and that, starting with the Protestant Reformation, sees the emergence of the new bourgeoisie..

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Freedom

The philosophical justification of the idea of freedom is one of those enigmas all great philosophers have addressed, often concluding their imposing attempts by acknowledging the impossibility to access a firm Archimedean point placing freedom on a incontrovertible theoretical pedestal..

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Pan-Arabism

“Pan-Arabism” is a movement the objective of which is the unification of Arab peoples and nations. This is a modern cultural trend with political finalities, arising as an answer to colonialism and the West’s involvement in the Arab world..

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The Armenians

The Armenians descend from Indo-European populations who, between the 7th and 6th century B.

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A month of ideas.
Giancarlo Bosetti Editor-in-chief
Association for dialogue and intercultural understanding

Freedom and Democracy

IT Erdogan's Turkey

Changing the Debate over Turkey

Soli Özel, interviewed by Giancarlo Bosetti

TURKEY – What consequences will there be for the country’s political and social situation following the resignation of Turkey’s chief of staff and highest-ranking military officers? According to Soli Özel, a political analyst and professor of international relations at the Bilgi University and Kadir Has University in Istanbul, these resignations are the culmination of a demilitarization process in Turkish politics that has lasted for almost ten years. Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party seems to have managed to overturn – to the advantage of civilian authorities – the previously unshakable power of the Turkish military in politics, mostly in the name of defending secularism. Even when faced with the Arab Spring and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Turkish government has assumed advantageous positions, even recently defending state secularism. Soli Özel analyzes the new Turkey and its international relations, from Syria to Libya to the United States, identifying Turkey's strategies and objectives as it furthers its new and already decisive political global role.Soli Özel was interviewed in Rome on September 12th, 2011.Watch the video-interview here (short version)  


IT Middle East

Israel and Turkey: Partners in Crisis

Ilaria Romano

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s visit to Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, the countries most affected by the Arab Spring, shows Turkey is closely involving itself in the changing power balance in North Africa and the Middle East. The model the Turkish leader is presenting to states in transition is that of a secular government in a country with an overwhelming Muslim majority, where Islam and democracy are not mutually exclusive. The goal is to show that Turkey is a credible example to emulate, even if the price is the realignment of the “good neighbour” foreign policy, which has already deteriorated with the Syrian crisis.


After the Arab Spring

Egypt: the post-Mubarak period is a work in progress

Francesco Aloisi de Larderel, former Italian ambassador to Egypt

Almost nine months after the fall of Mohamed Hosni Mubarak’s regime, the Egyptian political situation is still hostage to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), and therefore to the military leaders who have been the real holders and guarantors of political power in Egypt since the 1952 coup d’état by the Free Officers Movement. Under pressure from protesters, the SCAF decided to depose President Mubarak, appoint a new government, and is preparing to call parliamentary and presidential elections on the basis of rules it is drafting, announcing that it will soon promulgate the criteria for drafting a new constitution.


IT AR Arab Spring

The Arab collective memory between revenge, justice and reconciliation

Brahim El Guabli

Now that the dictators’ trials are under way, at least in Egypt, it is important that national reconciliation projects be implemented in order to reconstruct the national collective memory. An important step for Arab people to liberate themselves from the shackles of their painful past. Trying the ousted dictators should be a priority without revenge or gloating. It should be seen as a supreme national duty to preserve the collective memory and commemorate those who gave their lives on the altar of freedom in their fight against dictatorship. Revenge cannot build a modern state, only through a national global dialogue, can a nation come to terms with its own history.


IT 2001-2011: Ten Year Anniversary

How 9/11 changed us

Stefano Allievi, University of Padua

For a few years, for far too long, ideas became radicalized, language was militarized, reasoning impoverished, reduced to simplistic and misleading pairs, such as black/white, good/bad, with God pitted against God (with God of course privatized by all parties involved). In this sense al Qaeda’s school of thought won the day and was reflected in the arrogant Bushism of the Iraqi adventure (based on lies and producing more terrorism than it defeated, not to mention the thousands of innocent victims, including the western soldiers sent to die there pointlessly), until recently all dominant and winning paradigms. But, today, something has changed.


IT Arab Spring

Women Publishing Success

Elisa Pierandrei interviews Fatma El-Boudy

Al-Ain publishing was born in 2000 with a focus on scientific literature. They started developing themselves on various fronts – literature, novels, short stories, research and translations – in 2005, when famous Sudanese writer Al-Tayeb Saleh decided to publish with them, in Egypt, his famous book Season of Migration to the North. This book changed the future of this publishing house. Over the past few years, Al-Ain has published many remarkable books, and many of its authors have been nominated for or won prizes. Additionally, Al-Ain was chosen for the Frankfurt book fair and to represent Egypt in the Union of Independent Publishers in Paris. Its owner is an Egyptian woman, Fatma El-Boudy, whose family has been in the printing business for years. Elisa Pierandrei talks to El-Boudy about her experience as a female publisher and her expectations for the future.


IT Arab Spring

Translating to Glimpse the World

Hala Salah El-din Hussein, interviewed by Elisa Pierandrei

The online quarterly Albawtaka Review (albawtaka.com) is the only print/online periodical in Egypt that translates English short stories methodically and systematically into Arabic. It was launched in April 2006 as a monthly review then turned into an online quarterly review in July 2007. Hala Salah El-din Hussein, 33, a graduate of Tanta University (Nile Delta) and a professional translator, is the publisher of Albawtaka Review. In an online interview with Elisa Pierandrei, she tells us about the work of publishing and translating in these tumultuous times. While she has been recently contemplating the value of translating literature in post-revolution Egypt, she also wonders if translating fiction should now take a back seat to political activism.


IT Arab Spring

Paper Revolutions

Elisabetta Bartuli

In January this year in Tahrir Square, there were obviously not only publishers, authors and bookshop owners, just a few hundred people in a city with almost twenty million inhabitants. In Tahrir Square, however, there were hundreds of thousands of people and, over the years, publishers, authors and bookshops had perceived and passed on their hidden thoughts, secret aspirations, concealed worries and their pressing demands. Thousands of people, who now, as individuals or as a community, are taking charge of their present to create a shared future.    


IT Arab Spring

Al-Shorouk's Spring

An interview by Elisa Pierandrei

“Al-Shorouk newspaper was first issued in February 2009 as an independent newspaper aimed to promote the values of liberalism and modernism…During the paper’s preparation period, which lasted about a year, the idea that objectivity, accuracy and truth in everything would be published in the newspaper was the dominant idea of each meeting.” These are the words of Ashraf Al-Barbary, News Desk Chief of Al-Shorouk newspaper. In a conversation with Elisa Pierandrei Al-Barbary, he says he is convinced that the adherence to these principles makes everyone, whether at the local, regional or even international level, deal seriously with what is published in Al-Shorouk. This newspaper is part of a company linked to Dar Al Shorouk, the largest independent publishing house in Egypt, which was established in 1968 by Mohamed El Moallem, one of the founding fathers of modern publishing in Egypt and the Arab World, who started his publishing career in 1942.


IT After the Arab Spring

The Muslim Brotherhood’s New Challenges

Francesco Aloisi de Larderel, former Italian ambassador to Egypt, discusses Dina Zakaria’s interview

The generational renewal is at the same time the “Egyptian Spring’s” tragedy, because the groups of young people that achieved the overturning of the Mubarak presidency, (then carrying along with them workers and the Muslim Brotherhood) are currently not the majority in the country and are experiencing problems in creating a well-structured political movement and it is unlikely they will inherit power when elections are held. However, the Europeans of 1848 did not immediately achieve victory for the ideas they believed in, which did gain momentum a generation later!


IT After the Arab Spring

«Egypt cannot manage without us women»

Azzurra Meringolo talks to Dina Zakaria, spokesperson for the Egyptian Freedom and Justice Party at a conference organized by the European Union for all Egypt’s new political representatives

This interview is discussed by Francesco Aloisi de Larderel, former Italian ambassador to Egypt, in the article "The Muslim Brotherhood's New Challenges".“Egypt has entered a new phase, one that cannot be managed without us women. All Egyptian women are now asked to work for the good of the country” said Dina Zakaria, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and a representative of the Freedom and Justice Party, the newly-created party linked to the conservative Islamic Party. “In my family of origin there were no members of the Muslim Brotherhood. I decided on my own to join this movement while I was at university. I wanted to approach Islam with sincerity. At the time I would never have dreamt that I would become the Freedom and Justice representative in Brussels,” explained Dina in her perfect English. Twenty-seven years old with a degree in Political Science and two children, in July Dina was the spokesperson for the Freedom and Justice conference organised by the European parliament for all Egypt’s new political representatives.


IT The attacks in Norway

Europe: the time has come to reflect

Stefano Allievi, University of Padua

Muslim communities all over Europe sighed with relief when they heard that the Norwegian massacre had not been carried out by one of their own. If that had been the case, the price to pay would have been a terrible one. Many non-Muslims also breathed their own sigh at not having to confirm their prejudice against Muslims. This reaction is disquieting in its triviality and automatism. The press in Muslim-majority countries is pointing out these inconsistancies, asking “Why is this not called Christian terrorism?” "Why are we not creating a plot theory?" 


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