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Tunisia and Italy

Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean



Hafedh Chekir, MA
Hafedh is an international expert on youth demographics. A graduate of Tunis University and the Paris VI Institute of Political Studies, he was for many years the Arab World regional director in Jerusalem for the United Nations Population Fund. In this capacity, he acted as a consultant on population policies, demographic analyses and population projections, population surveys, and youth policies related to immigration.

Sleh Fredj, PhD
Sleh studied anthropology and sociology at universities in Tunis, Paris, and Michigan. He is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Tunis Faculty of Human and Social Sciences. His fields of study are youth demographics, youth culture, and youth immigration, both documented and undocumented.

Asma Nouira, PhD
Asma has a PhD in political science. She specialized in law and Islamic studies, with emphasis on the state and Islam. She is an assistant professor of law and political science at the Faculty of Law, Economics, and Management at Jendouba University. She is a member of Unité de Recherche “État, Société et Culture” and “Groupe de Recherche Islamo-Chrétien” and author of Le Mufti de la République, la fonction et l’institution (2000) and Responses to Wahhabism in the 19th Century (2008).

Hamadi Redissi
Hamadi Redissi is a professor of public law and political science at the University of Tunis. He was a visiting scholar at Yale University in 2008 and at Fordham University in 1999. He has been a Fulbright scholarship recipient and has lectured at American universities (Yale, Fordham University, Colorado College, Loyola University, and the American Academy of Arts and Science in Boston). He is the author of L’exception Islamique, 2004; Les Politiques en Islam: Le Prophète, le Roi et le Savant, 1998; and Religion and Politics: Islam and Muslim Civilization (with Jan-Erik Lane), 2004. He recently published a book on the history of Wahhabism and in 2008 co-edited a collection of manuscripts refuting Wahhabism in nineteenth-century Beirut.

Livia Tranchina, BA
Livia has a bachelor’s degree in Latin and Italian Literature from the University of Palermo and taught high school Italian and Latin. After she retired, she began working with the NGO Centro Astalli, where she has been coordinating and organizing volunteers since 2002. Livia is also an intercultural mediator who leads school project to promote intercultural and interreligious dialogue and refugees’ social inclusion.