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- At Resetdoc’s Istanbul Seminars, Fred Dallmayr, Abdou Filaly-Ansary and Ibrahim Kalin enlivened a round table on the role played by religion in society. According to the American Professor from Notre Dame University, religion can be the “salt of the earth,” but if distorted can lead to theocracies. Filaly-Ansary, former director of the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations at the Aga Khan University in London, believes that religion is the adhesive that unites communities. According to Kalin, advisor to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, Europeans must instead not commit the serious mistake of confusing Islam with the version of this religion expounded by extremists.An article by Marco Cesario.