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Khaled Fouad Allam

Khaled Fouad Allam was Professor of Sociology of the Muslim society at the University of Trieste and has taught Islamic studies at the University of Urbino. His main research interests were contemporary Islam and the Mediterranean issue. He has been columnist of "La Repubblica" and of "La Stampa". He wrote currently on "Il Sole 24 Ore" and on the magazine "Esprit". In 2008 he received the “Honoris Causa” Ph.D. in Sociology by the Ricardo Palma University of Lima. In 2004 he received the Grinzane Cavour- Cesare Pavese award for the essay Lettera a un kamikaze (Rizzoli, Milan 2004, translated in Israelian, Spanish and German). Among his recent publications are: L’Islam globale (Rizzoli, Milano 2002), L’islam spiegato ai leghisti (Piemme, Milan, 2011) and Il jihadista della porta accanto (Piemme, Milan 2014). He died in Rome on the 10th of June 2015.

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This new terrorism is in part the product of a profound change in European societies. The conflicts and political violence generated by the problematic reality of political Islam question the world view and the definition of political order of a society increasingly characterised by the coexistence of multiple social identities and heterogeneous cultures within a given territory. Why have we got to this point?