Martino Diez

Martino Diez is scientific director of the Oasis International Foundation and researcher in Arabic Language and Literature at the Catholic University of Milan.

After graduating in Oriental Languages and Civilizations from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, he earned his PhD in Oriental Studies from the same university with a thesis entitled: The Representation of Power in Medieval Islam. The case of the Sayfiyyāt by Abū ’ṭ-Ṭayyib al-Mutanabbī. In 2007-2008 he was post-doctoral researcher at Ca’ Foscari University and from 2008 to 2016 he was lecturer in Arabic Language at the Catholic University of Milan.

He is a member of the study commission on radicalization and jihadi extremism established by the Italian Government (Presidency of the Council of Ministers) in September 2016.

Among his publications: Introduzione alla lingua araba. Origini, storia e attualità [An introduction to Arabic: Origins, History and Present], Vita e Pensiero, Milan 2012, Abû l-‘Alâ’ al-Ma‘arrî, L’epistola del perdono. Il viaggio nell’Aldilà [The Epistle of Forgiveness. The Journey to the Afterworld], Einaudi, Turin 2011, Abû t-Tayyib al-Mutanabbî, L’emiro e il suo profeta. Odi in onore di Sayf ad-Dawla al-Hamdani [The Emir and His Prophet: Odes in praise of Sayf ad-Dawla al-Hamdani], Ariele, Milan 2009 and Georges Anawati, L’ultimo dialogo. La mia vita incontro all’Islam [The last dialogue. My life-long encounter with Islam], Marcianum Press, Venice 2010.

He is the general editor of the e-book series “Meticciati” for Marsilio and has edited, together with Andrea Plebani, the e-book La galassia fondamentalista tra jihad armato e partecipazione politica [The Fundamentalist Constellation between armed jihad and political participation], Venice 2015.

He also took part in the review of the Arabic translation of the catecheses by Benedict XVI on Saint Paul (Bûlus ar-Rasûl, al-Maktaba al-Bûlusiyya / Marcianum Press, Jounieh - Venice 2010) and on prayer (Rabbi, ‘allim-nâ an-nusallî, al-Maktaba al-Bûlusiyya / Marcianum Press, Jounieh - Venice 2012).

He has been working in Oasis since 2004 and has been its scientific director since 2009.



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