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Master in Religions,
Politics and Citizenship
University of Padova
University of Piemonte Orientale
The Institute of Research and Higher Studies of Granada
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The Master in “Religion, Politics and Citizenship” is a one-year multi-dis- ciplinary postgraduate program. It equips the students with methodological tools that are necessary to access the world of knowledge of philosophy and social, human and political sciences with the aim of understanding and ana- lyzing the complex relationship between religion and politics in the modern state and its correlation with issues of citizenship, freedoms, pluralism, development and social peace.
The Master’s program also pays particular attention to the social and cultu- ral presence of Islam in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, particularly with regard to the current major geopolitical and international issues, in order to train researchers as well as consultants in public and pri- vate administrations, managers and supervisors in the fields of civil society, social services and cultural mediation as well as education executives in the fields related to the Master’s disciplines, researchers in philosophical and Is- lamic studies, local community leaders and activists in the fields of culture, society, politics and communication
The Master’s program also aims to train researchers in political philosophy, social science and religious thought, by following the scientific method that entitles them to approach issues of cultural pluralism, religious coexistence and Islamic movements in Europe and the Arab world, and allows them to manage difference, diversity and co-existence, by adopting a critical, multi- disciplinary and multicultural approach.
Thus, the Master’s program has in place innovative scientific teaching me- thods based on:
• The evaluation of knowledge and experience developed by the student, in accordance with the theoretical model of “Community Practice”.
• The evaluation of daily work experiences and daily life.
• The effective participation of students according to the “cooperative lear- ning” approach.
To achieve these goals, the Master in “Religion, Politics and Citizenship” brings to- gether a teaching faculty of distinguished professors from the University of Padua and the University of Piemonte Orientale, as well as professors from other Italian, Arab and European universities


The University of Padua is a leading Italian university located in Padua, Italy. It was founded in 1222 as a law school and was one of the most eminent universities of the European Renaissance. It is among the oldest universities in the world, and the second oldest university in Italy. The University of Padua is one of the best universities in Italy. It is often ranked first among the major Italian universities.


The Master’s program consists of 10 modules divided as follows:

Sociology and Anthropology of Religion and Politics (6 ECTS )
History and Philosophy of Religions (4 ECTS )
Political Philosophy and History of Political Thought (2 ECTS)
Religion, Law and Politics in Contemporary Societies (7 ECTS )
Culture, Society and Globalization Processes (6 ECTS )
State, Citizenship and Civil Society (7 ECTS )
Cultural Diversity, Religious Pluralism and Intercultural Mediation (3 ECTS)
Religions and Migration (3 ECTS)
Religion, Market and New Media (3 ECTS)
Religious Extremism and Violence in the Contemporary World (7 ECTS)


The University of Piemonte Orientale is a distinguished Italian public university. In addition to its eminent scientific committee , it is also characterized by the breadth of its branches, established in the cities of Alessandria, Novara and Vercelli.


The Master is completed in one academic year.


The Master is taught in English and Arabic.


The students must be in possession of a university degree: Bachelor’s de- gree (or equivalent) at least.


The Master consists of 60 credits (ECTS) (according to the European Stan- dard System).


The Institute of Research and Higher Studies of Granada is a Spanish independent nonprofit cultural and intellectual academic institution that aims to contribute to the building of a scientific space ruled by scientific research standards, cultural renewal values and principles of pluralism, coexistence, tolerance and cooperation, through the adoption of complementary approaches between various scientific fields, the promo- tion of the studies of Islamic civilization and Western civilization and the consolidation of the values of scientific cooperation.


– Political science and history of political ideas
– Social, religious and human sciences
– Religious movements and experiences in Europe
– Islamic political movements in the Arab world
– Issues of Religion, Politics and Citizenship in Europe and the Arab World


The Master is dedicated to any person that is interested in the subjects of the program, from all disciplines and countries (Bachelor or license degree holders).


• Stefano Allievi, Director of Master’s Program in “Religion, Politics and Citizenship”, University of Padua, Italy
• Roberto Mazzola, Director of The Interuniversity Center for Culture, Law and Religions, University of the Eastern Piemonte, Italy
• Enzo Pace, International Society for the Sociology of Religion/ Padua University, Italy
• Radwan al-Sayed, The American University of Beirut, AUB, Lebanon
• Silvio Ferrari, University of Milan and Catholic University of Leuven. Visiting professor at the University of California Berkeley,USA
• Abedellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Living Abroad (CCME), Morocco
• Alesandro Ferrari,University of Insubria, Italy
• Katia Boissevain, Aix-Marseille University, France
• Renzo Guolo, University of Padua, Italy
• Mohammed Bensalah, Ege Rabat, Morocco
• Adone Brandalise, University of Padua, Italy
• Paolo Branca, Catholic University of Milan, Italy
• El Mostafa Rezrazi, Sapporo Gakuin University, Japan
• Alessandra Gaetani, University of Insubria, Italy
• Mustapha Elmourabit, the Council of the Moroccan Community Li- ving Abroad (CCME), Morocco
• Mohamed-Chérif Férjani, CNRS- University of Lyon2, France

• Maria Bombardieri, University of Padova, Italy
• Abdellah Ibrahim, Professor of Critical and Cultural Studies, Irak
• Abedellatif Kidai, Mohammed V University, Rabat
• Loïc Le Pape, Sorbonne University, France
• Vincenzo Romania, University of Padua, Italy
• Najib Bounahai, Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra, Morocco
• Khalid Mohamed Rhazali, University of Padova, Italy
• Mohammed El Hachimi, National Human Rights Council, Morocco
• Mohamed Mahjoub, University of Tunis, Tunis
• Jamila Tilout, University Hassan II Mohammedia – Casablanca, Morocco
• Hassan Alamri, The Interuniversity Center for Culture, Law and Reli- gions, University of the Eastern Piemonte, Italy
• Djilali El-Mestari, Research Center in Social and Cultural Anthropolo- gy, Algeria
• Mustapha Chagdali, International Institute for Tourism, Tangiers
• Saif Benabdennour, University Mohamed1, Morocco
• Valentina Schiavinato, University of Padova, Italy
• Said Chabbar, University of Moulay Soulaimane, Beni Mellal, Morocco
• Mohammed Hashas, Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose – FSCIRE Bologna, Islamic Studies, La Pira Research Library, Palermo, Italy

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