Islam and the Mediterranean in Modern Times

International Conference under the supervision of prof. Gustavo Gozzi

  • Data: dal 03 maggio 2018 alle 09:00 al 04 maggio 2018 alle 13:30

  • Luogo: Palazzo Rasponi, Piazza J.F. Kennedy 12, Ravenna

  • Modalità d'accesso: Ingresso libero fino ad esaurimento dei posti disponibili



The international conference aims to analyze the complexity of the relations between Islam and the western civilization in a historical perspective. The time span to be analyzed goes from the end of 18th century until the contemporary age.

The international conference will be scheduled in three sessions:
1. Islam and the Encounter with the Western Civilization. - 2. Islam, Colonialism, Decolo-nization. - 3. Islam and the Mediterranean today.

The result of the international conference will be a contribution to the interpretation of the controversial encounter of Islam with the Western Civilization during modern times, in particular in the fields of law, philosophy and religion.
In addition, the age of colonialism in the 19th century will be analyzed with the aim of in-terpreting the questions of  assimilations and mutual influences between Islam and the we-stern world at the institutional, legal and cultural levels.
A fundamental result will also be the criticism against the Euro-Mediterranean relations in order to point out the necessity of overcoming the conditionality principle that has always characterized the European attitude toward the Arab Muslim peoples and introducing the perspective of an interdependency that allows the creation of a Mediterranean space of mu-tual acknowledgment among all the peoples living in  this area.

THURSDAY, 3rd May, h. 9.15

Welcome addresses

1 - Islam and the Encounter with the Western Civilization (18th-19th centuries)

1. Islamic law and the western legal traditions 2. Continuities, contaminations and assimilations 3. Islam and modernity 4. Islam: philosophy and religion. The problem of religious pluralism

Abdelmajid Charfi (Président de Beit al-Hikma - Tunis)
Les occasions manquée dans la rencontre avec la civilisation occidentale

Lana Sirri (University of Maastricht)
Islam, Gender and Feminist Studies

Siham Cherif (Université Alger 2)
Problématique du religieux chez les penseurs musulmans contemporains; approche comparative entre Malek Bennabi et Ali Chariaati


2 - Islam, Colonialism and Decolonization

1. Principles of colonial law: metropolitan law, specific law for the colony, muslim law 2. Islam and decolonization 3. The heritage of colonialism and the current debate

Gustavo Gozzi (University of Bologna)
Colonial Law and Muslim Law

Nahed Samour (Humboldt University Berlin / Lichtenberg Kolleg, Göttingen Institute of Advanced Study)
From Imperial to Dissident? Islamic International Law in Past and Present

Raja Bahlul (Birzeit University)
Constitutionalism and the ‘Civil State’ of the Arab Spring

Nacer Eddine Ghozali (Université de Paris XIII)
La mauvaise gouvernance dans les pays du Maghreb. L'exemple algérien ou l'échec de la transition démocratique

FRIDAY, 4th May, h. 9.30

Welcome addresses

Luigi Canetti, Direttore del Dipartimento di Beni Culturali

3 - Islam and the Mediterranean today
1. Islam in Europe 2. History and re-definition of the Mediterranean area 3. Euro-Mediterranean policies towards the Arab Muslim world: from the Constitution of EEC, through the Barcelona Process, to the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)

Senen Florensa Palau (Executive President IEMed - Barcelona)
The Euromed project and the Arab transitions in historical perspective. What comes next?

El Mouhoub Mouhoud (Université Paris Dauphine)
Migration, Oil, and regional integration of the MENA countries: new challenges for the EU-Maghreb partnership

Erhan Dogan (Marmara University - Istanbul)
Redefining us to be able to claim Mediterranean as Mare Nostrum

Alessandro Romagnoli (University of Bologna)
Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and Muslim societies face-to-face with the problem of development: can EU policies match Islamic economic principles?

Comitato scientifico: Ahmad Addous, Daniele DonatiGustavo Gozzi, Anna Laura Trombetti

Organizational Secretariat: 
Carla Rossi - Fondazione Flaminia

Sara Circassia - Università di Bologna

Andrea Facchin - King Abdulaziz Chair for Islamic Studies