The International Conference “Islam and the Mediterranean in Modern Times” was held at the prestigious premises of Palazzo Rasponi in the city center of Ravenna on 3rd and 4th May 2018. The Conference was promoted by the King Abdulaziz Chair for Islamic Studies, in cooperation with the Bologna University Department of Cultural Heritage and Fondazione Flaminia.
A sizeable number of presentations were delivered by lecturers coming from different countries like Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Algeria, the Palestinian territories, Turkey, France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy, where they all hold prominent academic and institutional positions. The Conference opened with the institutional greetings by the Bologna University Vice Rector for International Relations Prof. Alessandra Scagliarini, followed by the Saudi Arabia Royal Embassy Cultural Attaché Prof. Abdulaziz al-Gharib, the Rector's delegate for International Relations with Arab Countries Prof. Ahmad Addous, the Chair Scientific Director Prof. Anna Laura Trombetti, the Ravenna city Councilor for the University Dr. Ouidad Bakkali and Mirella Falconi, the Vice President of Fondazione Flaminia.
The event saw the participation of professors, students and interested people, who attended the presentations that followed one another and a lively debate among scholars in which various languages such as Arabic, Italian, English and French, harmoniously mingled in a climate of cooperation and mutual understanding. The Conference also laid the foundations for the further steps of the dialogue between the two shores of the Mediterranean basin.