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Marco Demichelis

Professore a contratto

Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture Moderne

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Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture Moderne





Monographs/ Edited essays


  1. Special Issue: The Qur’an in History. The History of the Qur’an. From Canonization to critique and Semantic Hermeneutics, Ed. Dr. Marco Demichelis, Religions (Q1), MDPI, Religions | Special Issue : The Qur’an in History. The History of the Qur’an. From Canonization to Critique and Semantic Hermeneutics ( []

  2. Violence in Early Islam. Religious Narratives, the Arab Conquests and the Canonization of Jihad, London & New York: I.B. Tauris, 2021

  3. Religious Violence, Political Ends. Nationalism, citizenship and radicalizations in the Middle East and Europe, Religion and Civil Society Series, Ed by Demichelis Marco, Hildesheim: OLMS-Weidmann, 2018.

  4. Salvation and Hell in Classical Islamic Thought: Allah may save us all? London & New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.

  5. The Struggle to Define a Nation. Rethinking Religious Nationalism in the Contemporary Islamic World, Ed. by Marco Demichelis and Paolo Maggiolini, Piscataway NJ: Gorgias Press, 2017.

  6. L’Islam contemporaneo. Sfide e Riflessioni tra modernità e modernismo (Islam in the contemporary. Challenges and reflections between modernity and modernism). Torino: Anankelab, 2016.

  7. Etica Islamica. Ragione e Responsabilità (Islamic Ethics. Reason and Responsibility), Milano: Edizioni Paoline, 2016. Etica islamica. Razon y responsabilidad, tr. Soledad A. Domingo, Astrolabio Series, Pamplona: Ediciones Universidad de Navarra, 2021.

  8. Storia dei Popoli Arabi. Dal Profeta Muhammad alle Primavere del Vicino Oriente, (History of the Arab Peoples. From the Prophet Muhammad to the Springs of the Near East), Torino: Anankelab editore, 2013, 2ed. 2015.

  9. Paolo Branca, Marco Demichelis, Memorie con-divise. Popoli, Stati e Nazioni nel Mediterraneo e nel Medio- Oriente (Shared memories. Peoples, States and Nations in the Mediterranean and Middle East), edited with Prof. Paolo Branca, Milano: Leggere Leggere editore, 2013.

  10. Il pensiero mu‘tazilita. Ragione e fede tra Basra e Baghdad nei primi secoli dell’Islam, (The mu‘tazilite thought. Reason and Faith between Basra and Baghdad in Early Islamic History), Paris/ Torino: Harmattan, 2011.

Academic articles in peer-reviewed Journals/ Book contributions (peer-reviewed too)

  1. “The Andalusian outside al-Andalus. Fraxinetum (Jabal al-Qilāl), the raids in Italy through the Alps and the diplomatic milieu.”, J. Albarran ed., Al-Andalus y la Guerra, Collecciòn Medieval Ibériqua, Madrid: La Ergàstula, 2023 (under evaluation).
  2. “Al-Andalus oltre la geografia di al-Andalus. Jabal al-Qilāl: storia, narrazioni e dubbi.”, Kharabat. Rivista di Studi Indo-Mediterrenei, XII (2023), pp. 1-11.
  3. The “Mestiere delle Armi”. Steel, trade and anonymity in the early Islamic age (7-10th), Late Antique and Medieval Islamic Near East (Lamine) series, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2023 (in press).
  4. The “Islamic narrative path” for Political, Religious and Bellicose Legitimacy: The role played by Christian Historical Figures in late Antiquity, in L. Gallinari, Beba Abdelnaby (Eds.), Identities in touch between East and West: 11th to 21th centuries., Berlin: Peter Lang Pub., 2022, pp. 65-83 (in press)
  5. Qur’anic Christology in Late Antiquity. ‘Isa ibn Maryam and His Divine Power (Energeia) in the Islamic Revelation, Religions (Q1), MDPI ed. 12/ 979 (2021), pp. 1-19.
  6. Arab Christians Confederations and Muhammad’s believers: on the Origins of Jihad, Religions (Q1), MDPI ed. 12/710 (2021), pp. 1-20.

  7. Jihadism au rebours: Orientalism and Occidentalism for a counter-Hegemonic Liberation Theology, Journal of Religious History (Q3), 45/1 (2021), pp. 1-19.

  8. The Khatim an-Nabiyyin (The Seal of Prophets) and its inclusive- Abrahamic perspective. Muhammad and ‘Isa ibn Maryam in dialogue, Religions (Q1), MDPI ed., 12/1 (2021), pp. 1-16.

  9. When does Religion divide the Community? Reconsidering the Dynamics of Violence and Pacification in the 19th century Ottoman Arab Levant, in M. Younes, Anna Hager, L. Basanese et Diego Sarrio Cucarella (Eds.), Islam et Appartenances, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2020, pp. 117-140.

  10. Was Egyptian Islamic Revivalism really counter-Hegemonic? S. Qutb and the problem of Islamic Consciousness, in ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies 5/1 (2019), pp. 47-72.

  11. Fasad, Hijra and Warlike Diaspora” from Early Islam geographic boundaries towards a new Dar al-Hikma: Europe, Religions (Q1), 10/277 (2019) in Special Issue, Ed. Roberta Ricucci, Muslims Diaspora in Western Countries.

  12. Jihad e Violenza Armata: la grande menzogna, Demichelis Marco, in M. Giorda, S. Hejazi, M. Bombardieri, Capire l’Islam: tra Mito e Realtà, Brescia: Morcelliana Editore, 2019, pp. 127-148.

  13. Islamic Supremacy. The “Early” Islamic century and the Violence against the Other. A Historical-Religions Perspective, in Religious Violence. Political Ends. Nationalism, Citizenship and Radicalizations in the Middle East and Europe, Demichelis M. Ed., Hildesheim: OLMS, Religion and Civil Society Series, 2018, pp. 11-34.

  14. The Dynamics of Islamic Radicalization in Europe and their prevention: a humanistic approach, Demichelis Marco, Giulia Mezzetti, in Ali Moftfa, Michel Younes, L’Islam au Pluriel. Foi, pensée et société, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2018, pp. 225-242.

  15. Syria’s Lebanonization: a Historical excursus within the “non – existence” of Syrian National Identity, in Demichelis Marco, Paolo Maggiolini Eds. The Struggle to Define a Nation. Rethinking Religious Nationalism in the Contemporary Islamic World, Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2017, pp. 45-74.

  16. The Oromo and the historical process of Islamization in Ethiopia: Habashah vs. Argobba on the “Acrocoro, in A.C.S. Peacock Ed. Islamisation: Comparative Perspectives from History, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017, pp. 223-243.

  17. The Fate of Others in Fourteenth-Century Hanbalism. Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328/728) and Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya (d. 1350/750) and the Fanā’ al-Nār, in Annali di Scienze Religiose, n. 9, Brepols Publishers, 2017, pp. 271-294.

  18. Fanā’ al-Nār within early Kalām and Mysticism. An analysis covering the Eighth and Ninth Centuries, in Archiv Orientalni (Q3), Oriental Institute of Praha, 2015, Vol. 83.3, pp. 385-410.

  19. Kalām viewpoints present within the debate on secularisation between F. Anṭūn and M. ‘Abduh. God’s absolutism and Islām’s irrationality as cornerstones of Orientalist Arab-Christian thought during the Nahḍa, Aram (Q2), 25 1&2, 2016, pp. 335-348.

  20. From Nahda to Nakba: The Governmental Arab College of Jerusalem and the Palestinian historical heritage in the first half of the XX century, Arab Studies Quarterly, vol. 37.3, 2015, pp. 264-281.

  21. Citizenship and equity. An excursus within the Nahda between Islamic Pluralism and Religious exclusivism, Asia Major 2, Roma: Viella Editore, 2015, pp. 15-31.

  22. The Apocatastasis will save us all. The transition towards a shared ethical approach from Christian Patristic to Early Islamic theology and philosophy, Parole de l’ Orient (Q4), Université Saint Esprit de Kaslik (Lebanon), n.1/ 2014, pp. 385-422.

  23. Kharijites and Qarmatians; the Islamic pre- democratic thought. A political-theological analysis, Religions and Representation: Islam and Democracy ed. by Ingrid Mattson, Paul Nesbitt Larking and Nawaz Tahir, Cambridge Publishing Press, 2015, p. 101-127.

  24. Islamic Liberation Theology, An inter-religious reflection between Gustavo Gutierrez, Farid Esack and Hamid Dabashi, Oriente Moderno, Leiden: Brill, 94 (2014), pp. 125-147.

  25. Basra, the cradle of Islamic culture. A reasoned analysis of the urban area that was the early home of Islamic Studies, Orientalia Christiana Analecta, Pontifex Oriental University, n. 293, 2013, pp. 191-220.

  26. The Mihna. Deconstruction and reconsideration of the Mu‘tazilite role in the Inquisition, (2012), pp. 237-266.

  27. Between mu‘tazilism and syncretism: a reappraisal of the behaviour of the caliphate of al-Ma’mun, Journal of Near Eastern Studies (Q1), University of Chicago, 2/2012, pp. 257-273.

  28. The Ethiopian studies in Italy, between afro- Orientalism and colonialism, in Italian Orientalism, Antares, Alba, 2011, pp. 90- 107 (not peer-reviewed).

  29. New-Mu‘tazilite theology in the contemporary age. The relationship between Reason, History and Tradition, Oriente Moderno, Leiden: Brill, 2/2010, pp. 411- 426.

  30. The Mihna. The violence of the political language and the exhibition of death. The image of an historical event perceived as paradigmatic, Archivio Teologico Torinese, Turin, Italy (Journal of the Faculty of Theology, University of Turin), Vol. I, 2010, pp. 170- 187.

  31. Consensus and equality within Arab-Islamic thought of the VII-VIII century CE, in Freedom and Democracy in the History of Political Thought, Rubettino Università ed., Catanzaro, 2008, pp. 197- 205.

  32. Il razionalismo islamico, la scuola mu‘tazilita, tra Corano creato e lotta al determinismo divino, Archivio Teologico Torinese, (Journal of the Faculty of Theology, University of Turin), entitled: (Islamic Rationalism:, the Muʿtazila school, between created Koran and the struggle on divine determinism) Vol. II, 2008, pp. 453- 469.

  33. The relation between Faith and Reason, a Christian and Islamic parallelism, Quaderno 4, Balducci Foundation, Florence, Italy, 2007, pp. 101- 117 (not peer-reviewed).

Encyclopedia entries and book reviews
  1. Christian Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. The Ottoman Empire (1800-1914), Leiden: Brill, 2021; Vol. 18 Entry: Farah Antun, pp. 646-651.

  2. Book Review (Notae): S Gunther, T. Lawson eds. Roads to Paradise. Eschatology and Concepts of the Hereafter in Islam, Leiden: Brill, 2016 on Gregorianum 102/1, 2021, pp. 199-205.

  3. Book Review: N. G. Awad, Umayyad Christianity. John of Damascus as a contextual example of identity formation in Early Islam, Piscatawat, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2018, on Gregorianum 101/4, 2020, pp. 1000-1003.

  4. Book Review: A. Kuru, Islam, Authoritarianism and Underdevelopment, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019, on Journal of Religious History, 45/1, 2021, pp. 160-161.

  5. Book Review: J. Hodge, S. Cowdell, C. Fleming, C. Osborn (eds), Does Religion cause Violence? Multidisciplinary perspectives on Violence and Religion in the Modern World, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017, on Ethical Perspectives, 26/2 (2019), pp. 387-390.

  6. Book Review: Ersilia Francesca (ed.), Ibadi Theology. Rereading sources and scholarly works, “Studies on Ibadism and Oman”, Vol. 4 edited by Abdulrahman Al-Salimi and Heinz Gaube, Hildesheim, Georg Olms Verlag, 2015, on Oriente Moderno, 96/2 (2016), pp. 431-432.

  7. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science and Technology in Islam, entries: al-Jahiz, Universities and University (addendum) Classical Islamic Age, Major Discoveries and Inventions, Institution of Science Education, contemporary, Oxford University Press, 2014.

  8. Book Review: M. Hassan Khalil, Islam and the Fate of Others, Oxford University Press, 2012; Between Heaven and Hell: Islam, Salvation and the Fate of Others, Oxford University Press, 2013, on The Marginalia Review of Books. (

  9. Book Review: Albrecht Fuess, Jan- Peter Hartung, Court Cultures in the Muslim World. Seventh to nineteenth centuries. London, Soas/Routledge Studies on the Middle East, 2011, on Storia del Pensiero Politico, il Mulino editore, n.2, 2013.

  10. Fitzpatrick C. & Walker A. (Eds.), Muhammad in History, Thought, and Culture. An Encyclopedia of the Prophet of God, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2013. Specific Entries: Predestination, Ijtihad, Apocalyptic and Messianic, Governance, Shura, Caliphate and Imamate, John of Damascus.

  11. Mesa Verde Publishing, entries for the Native Peoples of the World Encyclopedia, ed. Steven Danver, New York: Sharpe Reference, 2013, 3 Vols. Titles: Ahmara (Vol. 1, pp. 15-16); Oromo (Vol. 1, pp. 69-72), Siria (Vol. 3, pp. 680-682); Morocco (Vol. 3, pp. 642-644).

  12. Translation: Françoise Jaquin, «Louis Massignon et Jean Mohammed Abd al-Jalil», Humanitas, Morcelliana Editore, 2013, special issue on Louis Massignon.

  13. Sage publications Inc, The Cultural Sociology of Middle East, Asia and Africa, an Encyclopedia, (Vols. 4, 2012) entries: Fatimids, Vol. 1, pp. 147-149; Mamluk Dynasty, Vol. 1., pp. 157-158; Safavid and Shi’I Iran, Vol. 1, pp. 199-201; Saladin, Vol. 1, pp. 96-97; Suleyman the Magnificent, Vol. 1, pp. 217-219; Jamal ad-din al-Afghani, Vol. 1, pp. 126-127; St. Augustine of Hippo, Vol. 2, pp. 79-81; Islamic Conquests, Vol. 2, pp. 56-57; Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa, Vol. 2, pp. 54-55; Italo-Ethiopian war 1895,Vol. 2, pp. 155-156; Italo- Ethiopian war, 1935-1936, Vol. 2., pp. 308- 310; Italo- Ottoman War (Lybia), Vol. 2, pp. 310-311; Selassie, Haile, Vol. 2, pp. 373-375.

  14. ABC-Clio, entries for the World Historical Project, a new historical encyclopedia for undergraduate students. Title: Slave Soldiers in Early Medieval Dar al-Islam – 632-1000 CE, Part II, p. 109.; Alp Arslan: The Brave Lion of Manzikert (1071), Part II, p. 305; Ethiopian Resistance to Muslim Encroachment (XV-XVI centuries), Part II, p. 276.

  15. Book Review: Massimo Campanini, Averroe’, Il Mulino editore, 2008, Il Pensiero Politico, Vol. II, 2008, p. 288.

  16. Book Review: Rashid Benzine, Les nouveaux penseurs de l’Islam, Albin Michel, 2004, Il Pensiero Politico, Vol. I, 2009, p. 290.


Opinion articles and popular publications

  1. “Combatir la radicalizacion desde las aulas [] ”, 05/09/2017, El Espanol.

  2. “Lebano necesita liberarse de su pasado (y de la injerencias externas) [] ”, 7/09/2020, The Conversation.

  3. “El peligro de trivializar el nuevo antisemitismo [] ”, 12/10/2020, The Conversation.

  4. “ []El islam de la Ilustración”, la bandera laicista de Macron []”, 03/11/2020, EsGlobal.

  5. “Biden y la política estadounidense en Oriente Medio: ¿cambio de rumbo u oportunismo? [] ”, 19/11/20209, EsGlobal.

  6. Ricominciare dall’Islam per una preventiva de-radicalizzazione del fondamentalismo religioso. Il contributo delle Humanities (Developing by Islam for preventive de-radicalization of religious fundamentalism. The contribution of the Humanities) in Europa e Islam. Attualità di una relazione, Venice: Marsilio Editore, 2016, pp. 76-84.

  7. Il Califfato Islamico. Propaganda e sostanza all’origine dell’ISIS (The Islamic Caliphate. Propaganda in substance at the origin of Daesh), in Il Tablet e la Mezzaluna. Islam e Media ai tempi del meticciato, Venice. Marsilio Editore, 2016, pp. 44-53.

  8. Islamizzare la Secolarizzazione per laicizzare l’Islam (Islamize Secularization to secularize Islam), in Troppa Religione o Troppo poca? Cristiani e Musulmani alla prova della Secolarizzazione, Venice: Marsilio Editore, 2015, pp. 25-36.

  9. L’Involuzione Wahhabita. Dalle Origini al Neo-Salafismo (The Wahhabi involution. From the Origins to Neo-Salafism), in La Galassia Fondamentalista tra Jihad Armato e Partecipazione Politica, Venice: Marsilio Editore, 2015, pp. 83-94.

  10. Sayyid Qutb, the theorist of Political Islam. The long road to Islamic radicalism, al-Hiwar, 4/2011 (monographic work on the Muslim Brotherhood), pp. 23- 32.

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