Zentrum für Islamische Theologie



International Conference: Islam in/and/of Europe? Perspectives from the Middle Ages to the Post-Secular Age

8-10 October 2015, Trento, Italy

Organised by the Postdoctoral Research Group at the Centre for Islamic Theology (ZITh), University of Tübingen in cooperation with the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence, University of Trento and the Club Alpbach Trentino.


The growth of a strong criticism regarding the idea of Europe leads to question the nature, coexistence, and mutual influence of the diverse identities which shape the European space. At the same time, in several European countries religion is assuming an increasing and yet not well-defined role in the public sphere. In this pluralistic and post-secular context, the long-lasting historical interaction between Europe and Islam as well as the substantial presence of Muslims in contemporary Europe, raise questions about the significance of Islam for the so-called common destiny of Europe. How does Islam define itself as a religion “in” Europe? Are Europe “and” Islam referring to two different identities? What does a possible Islam “of” Europe imply in terms of institutional and political challenges and opportunities? The conference aims at discussing these questions and establishing ground for continued debate.


Amina Nawaz
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Islamic Theology (ZITh)
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Davide Scotto
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Islamic Theology (ZITh)
Lecturer, Evang.-theolog. Fakultät
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Ruggero Vimercati Sanseverino
Scientific officer, Centre for Islamic Theology (ZITh)
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen