• Blog,  Press & Media

    A Tribute to the late Modernist Moroccan Philosopher Mohammed Sabila

    Mohammed Sabila, an important Moroccan and Arab scholar-philosopher, died on June 19th (1942 – 19 July 2021, Morocco) because of complications due to Covid-19. While he is little known in the non-Arabic speaking world, tributes written about him by prominent scholars that were either influenced by his work, or were his students and colleagues, are a testimony to the large role he played in introducing modern philosophy to Moroccan universities, Moroccan intellectual culture, and Arab culture at large. He was mourned in various widely-circulated Arab language newspapers, like Alaraby (London/Qatar), Aawsat (London/Saudi Arabia), Almayadeen (Beirut), Alittihad (Abu Dhabi), and many others.

  • Conferences & Talks,  Press & Media

    Islam on the Edges EP4 – Islamic Thought in Morocco: Philosophy and Muslim Feminism

    In this episode, “Islam on the Edges” travels to a traditional edge of the Muslim and Arab worlds, Morocco. Often overlooked in the study of Islam and Islamic thought, Moroccans see themselves as part of the larger Arab/Islamic world and consciousness. Due to its rich Islamic traditions and the encounter with the European colonizers and thought, the Moroccans have developed a strand of Islamic thought that is both thought-provoking and innovative. In the first part of this podcast, Islam on the Edges host Dr. Ermin Sinanovic talks with Dr. Mohammed Hashas about the emergence of modern and contemporary Islamic thought in Morocco throughout the twentieth century. Dr. Hashas does so…

  • In Arabic,  Press & Media

    Al-Jazeera interview with Mohammed Hashas on Trusteeship Paradigm and Islamic Ethics (in Arabic)

    “الأخلاق الإسلامية ونسق الائتمانية” كتاب جديد يناقش مفهوم طه عبد الرحمن عن التراث والحداثة لا يزال موضوع الأخلاق والدين والحداثة يشغل نقاشات الفلسفة العربية المعاصرة، وبشكل خاص منذ صاغ المفكر والفيلسوف المغربي طه عبد الرحمن مفهوم “الائتمانية” معتبراً أن “تمتُّع الإنسان بحرية الاختيار -منذ وجوده في العالم الغيبي- يجعله يُرجع العمل التعبّدي والعمل التدبيري في العالم المرئي إلى أصل واحد هو الائتمان الإلهي”. وفي سعيها لدراسة هذه الفكرة، التقت الجزيرة نت المؤلف محمد حصحاص، باحث أول في مركز لا بيرا للتاريخ والعقائد الإسلامية في باليرمو، وهو أيضا عضو هيئة تدريس في قسم العلوم السياسية بجامعة لويس غويدو كارلي في روما، كما شارك في تحرير كتاب “الإسلام والدولة والحداثة: محمد عابد الجابري ومستقبل العالم…

  • Articles in Italian

    Intervista di Mohammed Hashas a Massimo Campanini

    Intervista di Mohammed Hashas a Massimo Campanini, 12 ottobre 2020: “Alle giovani generazioni bisogna insegnare ad ampliare gli orizzonti. Il mondo non finisce a New York” È morto il 9 ottobre a 65 anni Massimo Campanini, docente di storia del Medio Oriente e di pensiero islamico, grande studioso di filosofia e teologia islamica e divulgatore. Lo voglio ricordare proponendo questa traduzione di un’intervista, molto schietta e personale, fatta da un amico e collega, Mohammed Hashas, che proprio ieri è stata pubblicata su Reset Dialogues. Un tributo è d’obbligo anche su Globalproject, perché Campanini ha sempre accettato con piacere di contribuire a questo progetto, fornendoci analisi utili sul Medio Oriente e condividendo…

  • Articles in Italian

    Islam europeo, Islam italiano

    Islam europeo, Islam italiano Il kit formativo, Islam europeo, Islam italiano è stato realizzato con il contributo di Mohammed Hashas, Senior Researcher presso la Fondazione Scienze Religiose, che svolge la sua attività alla biblioteca e centro di ricerca sugli studi islamici “La Pira”di Palermo e ricopre l’incarico di docente a contratto alla Università Luiss di Roma. Il kit comprende articoli e contributi video in lingua italiana e inglese e affronta il tema della costruzione di un Islam europeo in epoca contemporanea, con un dettagliato focus sulla situazione italana. Una ricca bibliografia multilingue conclude l’approfondimento e rimanda a ulteriori letture. Sulla PARS, portale di formazione e informazione per il contrasto dell’alafabetismo religioso, 20 settembre 2020, https://www.pars-edu.it/percorsi-formativi/islam-europeo-0

  • Biography,  Blog

    “Al-Hashas”: On Identity and Origins of the Name

    “Al-Hashas”: On Identity and Origins of the Name Names reflect history and memory. They are containers of traditions, of hopes and aspirations. This applies to my name as well, my family name in focus here (and we leave my first name, and the family name of my mother, “Azirār” which is Amazigh and literally means “Tall/Long”, for another occasion). My name is poetic when read and pronounced in Arabic, composed of a repeated syllable, the vowel of the second is long, “ā”, written in the Arabic version as an “alif” but not visible in the Latin one: “has-has” – [transliterated as “ḥaṣḥāṣ”] – and not “ha-shas” as it is often…

  • Blog,  Press & Media

    After COVID-19, only a “middle way” can save us

    If you visited the Museum of Contemporary Art in Palermo, Italy, located in the eighteenth-century Palace Belmonte Riso, in the ancient Corso Vittorio Emanuele in the city centre, a simple work of art, a painting in the stairs that lead you from the first floor to the second, reads “In the middle of” — Nel Mezzo di. It is written three times in big capital letters, in both Italian and English. Until the end of February, before the country-wide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first floor of the museum was dedicated to the beautiful paintings of the self-made Sicilian artist Paolo Madonia and his “Burnt Art.” The paintings…

  • Articles in Italian,  Blog,  Press & Media

    Cosa significa essere marocchino in Italia

    Cosa significa essere marocchino in Italia Il Secolo d’Italia ha pubblicato il 24 febbraio 2020 un articolo intitolato “Questionario indecente a scuola sui marocchini: «Faresti sesso…». Così schedano gli studenti”. Le domande del questionario tendono a descrivere “il marocchino” come straniero, di cultura inferiore, criminale, bisognoso e ladro delle opportunità di lavoro degli italiani. Il questionario viene somministrato in una scuola superiore di Clusone, in provincia di Bergamo. Una parte della società civile attiva ha risposto criticando questo tipo di questionario in ambito scolastico. L’ambasciata del Regno del Marocco ha risposto con indignazione e sorpresa al questionario, chiedendo alle autorità italiane di reagire al fatto adeguatamente. Io, come cittadino marocchino che vive in Italia…

  • Press & Media

    Conversation with Mohammed Hashas on European Islam

    Conversation with Mohammed Hashas on European Islam Conversation conducted by: Harun Karčić European Islam is possible theologically for two main reasons; first, there are scholars or intellectuals, as well as imams who lead mosques and their local communities, who think that a European Islam is possible; it is not that different from saying “Arab Islam,” “Balkan Islam,” “Asian Islam,” “Russian Islam,” “Islam Latino,” etc. It means there is a cultural adaptation, and more importantly, a political-theology adaptation to the context. Of course these are concepts, but what is important is daily life, or what is political, and this is the second point, i.e.  whether this European Islam works, whether it…

  • Blog,  Uncategorized

    Love’s Day: A Letter to My Intended Lady

    Love’s Day: A Letter to My Intended Lady Rome My dear, This to mark a note of love for you, as I may never explain it fully, nor experience it fully, nor demonstrate it enough. It is that interior flow of emotions that seem to say that our alchemy works together. Love does not speak enough. I do not speak enough. I cannot speak enough. Love fights, fights terribly, against uncertainty, the future, fear, solitude, jealousy, appropriation, and departure. A real lover tries to live the great feelings he feels but he is in constant fear of losing the lover. A real lover can become a coward, a frail man…