The goal of this project is to develop a deeper knowledge and greater awareness of media in Arab countries and in countries with a Muslim majority among the general public. Indeed, satellite/terrestrial TV and digital social media are currently shaping new cultural, social and political horizons in the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
- A conference dedicated to the Genealogies of Pluralism in Islamic Thought will be held at Granada Institute for Higher Education and Research by the mid of 2018. This event brings together international scholars and young researchers to debate the genealogies of pluralism in Islamic history of ideas, or in Islamic thought in short, with main reference to the Quran, Sunna, theology, usul al-fiqh and legal theories, philosophy, and sufism.
- The first of a series of conferences will be held in Trento, in October 2017, and it will analyze the role of sacred texts in the shaping of theories with an impact on violence. The three great monotheistic religions, as well as Hinduism and Buddhism, will be covered. The event considers the various role of sacred texts in different religious and cultural traditions, with reference to violence, and in particular the hermeneutics of violence in the sacred texts, the role of sacred texts in the shaping of theories and practice of religion related politics, theories of religion in the narrative of international conflicts, contemporary strategies for countering violence through religious pluralism.
- The aim of this project, on one hand, is to understand what the actual role of what we call “religion” from a Western perspective is in this organized violence of recent years, and on the other hand it aims to reflect and stimulate reflection on the role of religions as peace-builders. Both issues point to a far more profound aspect which must be taken into account: the ability of religions to interpret and express the ambiguity of the human condition, including its potential for violence and its strategies for interpreting it and handling it.