Inclusion of religious minorities and development of multicultural dialogue for the growth of democracy. The potentialities of the Italian model in the Mediterranean area (MiReDiaDe)

November 27, 2023 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Webinar presenting the results of the research project

The MiReDiaDe research project is based on the hypothesis that the inclusion of religious minorities in the social, political and cultural fabric of a country is an essential precondition for fostering the development of a multicultural dialogue capable of promoting the growth of democracy.

Starting from this assumption, the research considered different systems of inclusion of religious minorities in Mediterranean countries, going on to involve subjects expressing different conceptions of life and the world, each of them provided with all the requirements to contribute in a unique way to the concept of "living together".
Specifically, the inclusionary systems that were the subject of the research are: an Orthodox system, namely that of Cyprus; two Muslim-type systems, typical of Algeria and Turkey; a Catholic system, adopted by Croatia; a more "secular" approach peculiar to France.

The purpose of the project was to compare these models of religious minority inclusion and multicultural dialogue development with the model developed in Italy in order to assess its potential as a reference point for the entire Mediterranean area.

The project was coordinated by the Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose and conducted with the support of Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale, with the participation of Centro per le Scienze Religiose - FBK-Fondazione Bruno Kessler and Centro di ricerca “Religioni, Diritti ed Economia nello Spazio Mediterraneo”, University of Insubria.

The results of the MiReDiaDe research project can be found here.


Francesca Cadeddu, Fondazione per le scienze religiose

11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Speakers

Rossella Bottoni, University of Trento
Anna Parrilli, University of Verona;
Pasquale Annicchino and Gabriele Fattori, University of Foggia;
Alessandro Ferrari, Centro di ricerca “Religioni, diritti ed economie nello spazio mediterraneo” (REDESM), University of Insubria;
Andrea Benzo, Special Envoy for the Protection of Religious Freedomand Interreligious Dialogue, Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale.

12:00-12:30 p.m. | Debate

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