Islam, Religion and Politics
What is happening in the Arab world, and why? What lies behind the fundamentalist threat, and to what extent does it represent the Islamic faith? From the revelation of the Quran to the Ottoman Empire, from colonialism to the Arab revolutions and terrorism, a guide to discoverIslam and its political institutions. The aim of this study is to provide some answers to the questions that many are asking as the level of violence increases in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (Mena), and now this need is ever more pressing as violence knocks at our doors. This study retraces the history of Islam from the very beginnings, questioning the historical texts and examining the traditional institutions to understand what references remain valid today. It seeks answers to such burning questions as: how can this faith encourage the Nobel Peace Prize Malala Yousafzai to act for peace and at the same time inspire violent actions like those perpetrated by the followers of Bin Laden who made an attempt on her life? The purpose of the faith, says Daisaku Ikeda, is to make human beings happy: this book is thus an attempt to learn more about complex, closely interwoven realities and dispel misunderstandings, to help ourselves and others to build better mutual understanding and avoid facile radicalism
è Professore ordinario di Lingua e cultura araba presso il Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche dell’Università LUISS Guido Carli. Dopo aver studiato a Roma e al Cairo, ha insegnato a «L’Orientale» di Napoli ed è stata visiting professor in molte università arabe ed europee. Tra le sue numerose pubblicazioni: Poeti arabi di Sicilia (Mondadori, 1987; Mesogea, 2001); Giufà il furbo, lo sciocco, il saggio (Mondadori, 1991; Sellerio, 2006); Antologia della Poesia Araba (La Biblioteca di Repubblica, 2004); Adonis. Ecco il mio nome (Donzelli, 2009) e il recente Le rivoluzioni arabe. La transizione mediterranea (Mondadori, 2011).