In recent decades, the Islamic presence in Europe has been growing and stabilizing to the point of constituting a significant feature of the social and cultural landscape of our continent. On the one hand, it is a fully integrated component, even if often problematic, in the reality of European countries, and as such is experienced by Muslims themselves. On the other hand, Islamic communities in Europe maintain an important relationship with their countries of origin, also as an effect of the system of relations created by the processes of globalization.

More and more, therefore, we can speak of a reality of Islam that goes beyond the limits of a discourse on immigration. This raises a wide range of themes that offer themselves to cultural study and political and social intervention regarding the ways in which European Islam participates in a very relevant way in the overall transformation of our societies in an era in which these societies are experiencing a phase of accelerated transformation.

The Islam of “our home” exalts the need to re-discuss and redefine the need for a new definition of Islam.

The Islam of “our house” exalts the necessity of re-discussing and redefining a good part of the conceptual categories that have contributed to structure the experience of the State and modern societies and at the same time points out in the most diverse articulations of society the space in which it is indispensable to strongly invent new modalities that know how to mediate the need for social cohesion with that of pluralism. The juridical and political traditions of the various European state contexts have, in recent years, sketched out and, in part, consolidated different responses to that part of the issues connected to the Islamic presence that the political and economic agendas have deemed it necessary to prioritize. The same scenario of the knowledge of society and culture is very diverse in the various countries, both in orientation and in consistency.

In the Italian case, in spite of the fact that many mortgages on the subject have been imposed by a political communication that is perhaps more interested in media exploitation than in deepening the actual configuration of our social reality, there is no lack of research experiences and social practices worthy of interest. The historical phase that contemporary societies are going through, moreover, seems to demand that we move on to a new phase with more effective intellectual investments that know how to involve the participation of scholars and social actors beyond disciplinary separations and ideological alignments.


The master’s degree is addressed to those who, in their studies, work and social practice, have recognized in the complex reality of European Islam a set of issues of which they felt the need to assume the importance.

The main purpose is to ensure to the students the necessary competences for an action compatible with the national law and with the rules of a correct administrative action, also from the point of view of the relationships between the Muslim community and the territory, with particular attention to those with the civil society and with the public administrations, both local and national.

The Master includes also moments of reflection on the relationship between the Muslim community and the territory.

The Master also foresees moments of exchange with other religious communities different from the Muslim ones, also for the circulation of best practices and comparison on case studies.

The Master is addressed to managers and, in general, to staff of Muslim communities and civil society associations whose members come from OCI countries. It will be carried out in cooperation with the Islamic Cultural Center of Italy and the Italian Islamic Confederation.


The Master will use innovative didactic methodologies, centered on:

evaluation of professionalism and expertise developed in the field by the participants, according to the theoretical model of “communities of practice”;

analysis of the daily work experiences of the participants;

Active participation of the participants in the training activities in presence and online, through cooperative learning techniques.


Prof. Stefano Allievi

Prof. Mohammed Khalid Rhazzali


Dr Mounya Allali

Dr. Youssef Sbai

Dr Valentina Schiavinato


In-person teaching will be carried out using different learning methods with a participatory approach. Distance learning activities (e-learning, social network) are also foreseen.

The lectures will be held on Saturdays at the University of Padua, in the classrooms of the Department FISPPA, seat of Sociology.
The Master provides a total commitment of 1500 hours:

300 hours of didactics (frontal, seminar, laboratory and distance learning);

200 hours of practical learning (internship or project work);

950 hours of individual study (self-training supported by the provision of study materials, writing of the report of the internship or project work and the thesis).

At the conclusion of the Master’s program, a thesis will be discussed.

Attendance is compulsory and absences cannot exceed 30% of the teaching hours.


Registration fee: euro 2.924,50

The students enrolled in this edition will be completely exempted from paying all the enrolment fees, including the pre-enrolment fee (31 euros), the insurance fee and the 16 euros revenue stamp, since they will be completely financed by the PriMED-MIUR Project.


Study materials and documentation provided by the Master’s Secretariat;

Tutoring throughout the course and for the internship/project work;

Online didactic assistance


Didactic coordination

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Headquarters of the Teaching Secretariat Master

Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology (FISPPA), Sociology Campus Via Melchiorre Cesarotti, 10-12
35123 Padua