Vice-president, Comunita Religiosa Islamica Italiana
Area of Expertise: Business and Globalization, Law and Human Rights, Migration and Integration, Religion, Youth Issues
Geographical Expertise - Region: Europe, North Africa and Middle East
Languages: English, French, Italian
Field of Work: Author/Novelist, Government, Religious Leader
Yahya Sergio Yahe Pallavicini is Imam of the al-Wahid Mosque in Milan, Italy, where he coordinates the training of imams in Italian, and is vice-president of the Comunita Religiosa Islamica Italiana (CO.RE.IS.).
A member of the Italian Minister of the Interior’s Council on Islam in Italy, in 1997 he was also made a member of the Italian National Committee for Intercultural Education of the Ministry for Education, Universities and Research and in the same year he became a member of the Committee for the Heritage and Memory of Mediterranean Culture, created by the Ministry for Cultural and Environmental Assets. ISESCO, the Islamic Organization for Education, Science and Culture, appointed him to the board of governors of the Supreme Council for Education in the West and the EIC (European Islamic Conference), the first Islamic NGO recognized by the European Union, and conferred on him the function of ambassador for relations with the Vatican and then made him responsible for international relations. In 1998 he was invited by the Muslim World League to form part of the delegation of Italian Muslims participating in the pilgrimage to Mecca. In 2000 he became a member of the board of the governors of the Islamic Cultural Centre of the Rome Mosque and in 2003 he participated in the first Congress of the Imams of Europe.
In 2004 Il Saggiatore published his book L’Islam in Europa, Riflessioni di un imam italiano (Islam in Europe. The Reflections of an Italian Imam), with forewords by the Italian Minister for European Community Policy, Rocco Buttiglione, and the president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, Amos Luzzatto. In September of the same year he was received at the Quirinale, Italy’s Presidential Palace, by President of the Italian Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, and subsequently by the President of the Italian Senate, Senator Marcello Pera, as a member of the delegation of Italian Muslims who were signatories of ‘Il Manifesto contro il terrorismo e per la vita’ (Manifesto against Terrorism and for Life). In January 2005 he participated in the First World Congress of Rabbis and Imams for Peace, which took place in Brussels under the royal patronage of the King of Belgium, H.M. Albert II, and the King of Morocco, H.M. Mohammed VI. In 2005, Imam Pallavicini received the prize for Islamic Studies from the President of Tunisia, Zine el Abidine ben Ali.
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