Seminar Islamic Ethics and Morality between Religion and Law

Venice, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore

Organised in collaboration with Professor Ida Zilio-Grandi (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice),
the seminar sets out to make a thorough survey of Islamic ethics and morality. It will specifically
tackle the delicate issue of H. udūd (literally limitations, restrictions, or definitions), which
is most commonly used to indicate crimes against religion and whose punishment is already
decreed by the sacred texts with no room for human discretion.

The topic will be approached from various points of view: Deborah Scolart (University of Tor
Vergata, Rome) will address legal aspects; Olga Lizzini (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) will
deal with the philosophical side; Ida Zilio-Grandi will look at the moral dimension; Antonella
Ghersetti (Ca’ Foscari) will explore the issue in the literary world; Francesca Ersilia (L’Orientale,
Naples) will consider it in relation to the socio-economic context; Caterina Bori (University
di Bologna) will look at historical-political aspects; and, lastly, Samuela Pagani (University of
Salento) will frame the question within Sufism.