n.7 December 2005

What do Muslim people think about themselves and the others? What is their idea of politics and democracy? How do they conceive inter-religious relationships? Are they worried about extremism or not? It’s been presented in Venice the first World Report on the opinions and aspirations of the Islamic world. Look out for

Because of the tendency to favour the textual dimension while underestimating the social dimension of the phenomenon, relations between Islam and the West are no longer addressed through an analysis of religious phenomena, but by defining those relations within ideological dimensions. The trap of our times is this: we forget that a religious phenomenon is living and evolving in its own historical context.

The fear of religious extremism has so far kept the autocratic Arab systems in place. But things are changing in the Middle East. Some support the theory of the absence of civil society while others go as far as envisaging a nascent democratic spring. But democratization also depends on inclusion in a system of democratic States. Hence, as the authoritarian regimes inevitably head towards failure…

Recognizing and rebuilding the cultural identity of students as a means to integrate them into school reality. Thus it was born, in Legnago, the Sunday School
for the literacy, in Arabic, of the immigrants’ children. And the rising of defensive and integralist positions moves away