On Monday 6 June 2022, Paola Pizzi, a former student of PISAI, defended her doctoral thesis entitled “La non-violence comme moyen de changement en islam: la contribution de Ǧawdat Saʿīd”, through the Sapienza University of Rome in co-tutorship with the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE) in Paris. Paola Pizzi’s research examines the personality and works of the Syrian theologian and scholar, who was born in 1931 and passed away last January, analysing in particular his theoretical system, oriented towards the affirmation of radical non-violence in Islam, and the methodological and epistemological foundations of his Koranic hermeneutics.
The examining commission was composed of Michel Younès (UCLY - Lyon, commission chair), Constance Arminjon (EPHE), Dominique Avon (EPHE, thesis director), Samuela Pagani (University of Salento, Lecce), Daniela Pioppi (University of Studies ‘L’Orientale’, Naples) and Francesco Zappa (Sapienza University of Rome, thesis director). The defence was held in French.
The PISAI warmly congratulates Paola on her brilliant achievement.