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The Italian Islamic Religious Community (COREIS) is a national association of Italian Muslims active since the early 90s with the priority of witnessing and protecting the spiritual and intellectual heritage of the Islamic religion in the West. Over the years, this orientation has required a diversification of religious and cultural mediation in many areas of Italian society in order to respond to the needs of worship and formation of the Islamic community in a wider sense. Out of a million and six hundred thousand Muslims in Italy, only 150 thousand are Italians. COREIS therefore represents a first autochthonous community, among the few in Europe, which has always been open and welcoming with Muslims of any nationality and origin. In fact, it collaborates with many national and international Islamic associations except those with ideological and fundamentalist tendencies.
Founded in 1993 as an International Association for Information on Islam (AIII) by the will of 'Abd al Wahid Pallavicini, it was transformed in 1997 into COREIS, a national association of Italian Muslims. In 1996 he presented to the Italian government a first proposal of Intesta with the State, proposing an Islam "fully compatible with society and the Italian legal system", and the same year signed a bilateral agreement with ISESCO, an educational-cultural body of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Since 1998 he has been a member of the National Commission for Intercultural Education at the Ministry of Education, organizing training and refresher courses for teachers by Italian Muslim teachers. In 1999 COREIS enters the executive committee of the Heritage and Memory Committee in the Mediterranean culture at the Ministry for Cultural and Environmental Heritage, signs an agreement with the Federico II University of Naples and is invited to be part of the general secretariat and of the assembly of the World Islamic Call Society. From September 1999 the CO.RE.IS. Italiana publishes the L'Islam insert in Europe within the monthly magazine Assadakah, official organ of the League of Arab States in Italy.
Since its foundation the COREIS activity has focused on an intense activity of interreligious dialogue, in particular with the Jewish Community, the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church, already with Alexis II and Bartholomew I, and the Protestant Church. Thanks to the Founder of COREIS, Shaykh Abd al-Wahid Pallavicini, present at Assisi in 1986 at the ecumenical meeting desired by Saint Pope John Paul II, the yearning for a spiritual and metaphysical dimension has always represented an added value for the search for a true dialogue at the top among the religions. In fact, the essentially religious vocation of the adherents of the Italian Islamic Religious Community has meant that the action of witness, even theological, both within the Islamic community and towards other religious confessions, should have priority over social activities or political mediation . Thanks to this intention it was possible to acquire a public recognition useful to show the dignity of a qualified doctrinal representation of Islam and the nobility of spirituality that sustains it.
Within the Italian Islamic panorama, COREIS plays an important religious role. For over twenty years, it has been the subject of numerous religious events both at its own offices and at those of other Islamic associations in Italy and internationally. Around the national headquarters of Milan, which also hosts the al-Wahid mosque, eight regional representations have been organized in Piedmont, Veneto, Liguria, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Lazio, Marche and Sicily. The regional representatives collaborate with the main local Muslim organizations as well as with the local authorities and institutions of the Italian State.
This site represents an in-depth analysis of the one on the Mosque of Milan, for which for the educational activity see the tab relating to the aforementioned site

Mosque of the Merciful - Segrate-Via Cassanese - District of Milan 2 - ITALY


  • COREIS Italian Islamic Religious Community Presentation of the initiatives carried out by COREIS regarding inter-religious dialogue

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