In consideration of the teaching methods and the modalities of the exam, each student must agree with the teacher the book (source or essay) on which he/she has chosen to work, choosing it from the list below.
- Dominique Avon - Trissa Khatchadourian, Hezbollah: A History of the "Party of God", Harvard University Press, 2012.
- Bruce Riedel, Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States since FDR, Brookings Institution Press, Washington D.C. 2019.
- Hamadi Redissi, Islam e modernità : l'incontro dell'islam con l'Occidente, introduzione e cura di Gustavo Gozzi, Ombre Corte, Verona 2014
- Jan-Erik Lane - Hamadi Redissi, Religion and politics : Islam and Muslim civilisation,
Ashgate, Aldershot 2004
- Alfred-Louis de Prémare, Alle origini del Corano, edizione italiana a cura di Caterina Bori, Carocci, Roma 2014
- Bernard Lewis, Faith and power: religion and politics in the Middle East, Oxford University press, Oxford - New York 2010
- Bernard Lewis,Gli ebrei nel mondo islamico, Sansoni, Milano 2003
- Michael Lecker, The ‘Constitution of Medina'. Muhammad's First Legal Document, Darwin Press, Princeton 2004.
- Saudi Arabia in transition : insights on social, political, economic and religious change, edited by Bernard Haykel, Thomas Hegghammer, Stéphane Lacroix, Cambridge university press, New York 2015
- Gilles Kepel, Jihad, ascesa e declino: storia del fondamentalismo islamico, Carocci, Roma 2001
- Günther Jikeli, European muslim antisemitism : why young urban males say they don't like Jews , Indiana University Press, Bloomington ; Indianapolis 2015
- Olivier Carré, L' islam laico, Il mulino, Bologna 1997
- Islam and the State in World Today / Edited by Olivier Carre ; With and Introduction by Imtiaz Ahmad, Manohar, New Delhi 1983
- Olivier Roy, La paura dell'Islam: conversazioni con Nicolas Truong, prefazione di Stefano Montefiori, RCS, Milano 
- Olivier Roy, Afghanistan : l'Islam e la sua modernità politica, prefazione di Norberto Bobbio, EGIC, Genova 1986
(Rapporti tra Cristianesimo e Islam)
- Dominique Avon, Les frères prêcheurs en Orient : Les Dominicains du Caire (années 1910-années 1960), Parigi, Cerf, 2005
- Maurice Borrmans, Islam e cristianesimo : le vie del dialogo, Cinisello Balsamo : Edizioni paoline, 1993
- Maurice Borrmans, Orientamenti per un dialogo tra cristiani a musulmani, Pontificia università Urbaniana, Roma 1988
- Maurice Borrmans, Cristiani e musulmani: quattro precursori di un dialogo possibile: Massignon, Adb el - Jalil, Gardet, Anawati, Città del Vaticano, Urbaniana University Press 2008
- Benzine Rachid - Delorme Christian, Abbiamo tante cose da dirci : cristiani e musulmani in dialogo, Paoline 2000 (prima edizione 1997)
- Rémi Caucanas, Chrétiens et musulmans en Méditerranée: ombres et lumières de l'entre-deux-guerres (1919-1939), Marseille, Publications Chemins de dialogue 2017
- Georges Anawati , L' ultimo dialogo : la mia vita incontro all'islam ; introduzione Jean-Jacques Pérennès; traduzione e note Martino Diez, Venezia, Marcianum, 2010
The course proposes to make students acquire:
- a critical knowledge of issues and problems related to the relationship between Christianity and Islam, particularly in the contemporary age
- a critical knowledge of the sources and tools for the study of the specific subject of the course, as well as the most recent and relevant results of historical research on it
- the ability to place the most important events relevant to the topic in the context of the more general developments in Christianity's relations with other religions during the 20th century
- the ability to place the subject of the course in the context of world social, cultural and political history of the second half of the 20th century
- the ability to apply the knowledge acquired in the critical analysis of a source in various ways related to the aforementioned object
Good knowledge of world History and of History of Christianity in the modern and contemporary age. Have a good knowledge of the Italian language.
Lectures, seminars with specialists, exercises on sources
For a fair distribution of the teaching load, the signatures of the students will be taken daily and the consistency of the material to be examined will depend on the number of attendance at the lessons.
Students from non-Italian universities (Erasmus and similar) are kindly requested to contact the professor before the beginning of the course.
Type of Assessment
The exam includes a report to be presented in a seminar in the last week of the course and then also in written form (between 35,000 and 50,000 characters) before the exam call. The report must have as its subject a text (source or critical study) relevant to the theme of the course, chosen from the list shown in the bibliography. The student must agree the chosen text with the teacher within the first two weeks of the lesson. The report must take into account the contents of the lessons of the course.
In the written report (and in the oral discussion on it) the student must show that he or she has acquired it:
- knowledge and understanding of the course contents
- knowledge of the sources and tools for the study of the specific subject of the course, as well as the most recent and relevant results of historical research on it
- ability to place the relations between Christianity and Islam in the context of the development of the former's relations with other religions in the contemporary age
- ability to place relations between Christianity and Islam in the contemporary age in the context of world social, cultural and political history in the same chronological arc
- the ability to organise the knowledge acquired in a conversational manner and to present it with correct language and appropriate vocabulary
The course will examine the different articulations assumed by the relations between Christianity and Islam in the contemporary age, inserting them in a longer term perspective. In relation to the contemporary age, in particular, it will examine the interweaving of those relations with the missionary strategies of the Christian confessions, and in particular Catholicism, between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He will devote ample space to the development of those relations since Vatican Council II. With particular reference, in particular, to Sunni Islam, he will make use of the materials transmitted by the Visiting Professor of the History of Contemporary Islam Dominique Avon during the academic year 2019-2020.