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Publication - Professor Charles Burdett

    Italy, Islam and the Islamic World

    Representations and reflections from 9/11 to the Arab Uprisings

    Citation

    Burdett, C, 2016, ‘Italy, Islam and the Islamic World: Representations and reflections from 9/11 to the Arab Uprisings’. Peter Lang

    Abstract

    The recent emergence and increasing visibility of Islam as Italy’s second religion is an issue of undeniable importance. It has generated an intense and often polarized debate that has involved all the cultural, political and religious institutions of the country and some of its most vocal and controversial cultural figures. The talk examines some of the most significant voices that have made themselves heard in defining Italy’s relationship with Islam and with the Islamic world, in a period of remarkable geopolitical and cultural upheaval from 9/11 to the Arab Spring. It looks at the nature of the arguments that writers, journalists and intellectuals have adduced regarding Islam and at the connections and disjunctions between opposing positions. It considers how events such as military intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq or the protests in Tahrir Square have been represented within Italy and it analyses the rhetorical framework within which the issue of the emergence of Islam as an internal actor within Italian civil society has been articulated.

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