Comparative Studies of Civilisations and Spiritualities
The Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations and Spiritualities
The new centre will characterised by:
1) A comparative approach – seen as the best antidote to all forms of fundamentalism – and the fostering of dialogue between cultures as a way of exchanging and comparing not only different notions but also different political, theoretical and aesthetic experiences.
2) An emphasis on the religious and spiritual dimension and the sapential traditions of the cultures being compared. The term “sapiential traditions” refers to human beings’ responses in different cultural contexts to questions about the meaning of being in the world, about the ideals of improving the self and the best existential paths to achieving them.
3) The recognition of the transformational power of religious traditions. Faced with various crises (envrionmental, economic and moral) that have been afflicting our societies, only religious and spiritual traditions seem to be able to arouse the feelings and generate the energies required to produce radical paradigm shifts.
4) A wider perspective to take in the most important sapiential traditions in the world and not only Eastern ones, highlighting in particular those traditions that have contributed to shaping the European identity.The Library
The Library of the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations and Spiritualities has several collections specialised in Eastern culture with an emphasis on the great spiritual traditions both in the East and the West.
Moreover, thanks to the Daniélou Bequest, the Centre houses an enormous collection of manuscript copies of sacred musicological treatises from Indian traditions and books useful for the study of traditional philosophy. The library is equally specialised in journals dedicated to the comparative study of cultures, which the Cini Foundation is committed to updating every year. The Beijing Imperial Library microfilm archive is a further very valuable resource in the collections.
12 June 2018 – 14 June 2018
International Conference COMMON AND COMPARATIVE ESOTERICISMS: WESTERN, ISLAMIC, AND JEWISH
24 March 2018
Bîrûn Ottoman Music Workshop – Nefes of the Sufi Bektashi
09 March 2018
Workshop Islamic Calligraphy: Nigeria, Morocco and Egypt
26 February 2018 – 01 March 2018
Workshop and Meeting with Master Taneda Michikazu. Dances in Noh Theatre
02 February 2018
Seminar Islamic Ethics and Morality between Religion and Law
09 November 2017 – 11 November 2017
International Conference: Transnational Sufism in Contemporary Societies: Reconfiguring Practices, Narratives and Boundaries
09 May 2014 – 02 June 2014