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Gustavo Gozzi

Professore Alma Mater

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

Professore a contratto a titolo gratuito

Dipartimento di Beni Culturali


«Islam and the Mediterranean in Modern Times» - May 3-4,2018 - University of Bologna - Campus of Ravenna



Title: International Conference on «Islam and the Mediterranean in Modern Times»


Aims: 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.


Description: The international conference will be scheduled in three sessions:

1. Islam and the Encounter with the Western Civilization. - 2. Islam, Colonialism, Decolonization. - 3. Islam and the Mediterranean today


Thursday, 3rd May, h. 9.15


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



Welcome addresses


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




Thursday, 3rd May, h. 15.00


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), Debates about Religion, Democracy and Constitutional Government in the Context of the ‘Arab Spring’

Nacer Eddine Ghozali (Université de Paris XIII), La mauvaise gouvernance démocratique au Maghreb : l'exemple de l'Algérie.



Friday, 4th May, h. 9. 30


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)

Welcome addresses


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?




Expected Results: 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 interpreting the questions of assimilations and mutual influences between Islam and the western 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 mutual acknowledgment among all the peoples living in this area.

Date and place of the event: May 3-4,2018 - University of Bologna - Campus of Ravenna



Pubblicato il: 25 marzo 2018