IBNA- Massimo Campanini (1954-2020) an Italian Islamologist, historian of philosophy, translator and academic died in Milan, Italy. He was 65.
As one of the most appreciated scholars of contemporary Arab history, as well as a scholar of Islamic philosophy, he played a key role in eliminating the stereotypical, violent portrayal of Islam as a violent and reactionary religion in conferences and other scientific events.
He was a lecturer, an adjunct professor, at the University of Urbino, a researcher of Contemporary History of Arab Countries in the Faculty of Arab-Islamic and Mediterranean Studies of the University of Naples.
Campanini was also associate professor of History of Islamic countries at the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy of the University of Trento from 2011 to 2016. He also taught Islamic Civilization in the Faculty of Philosophy of the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University from its foundation until 2013, and then again from 2018-2019.
The scholar also taught Islamic culture and civilization under contract at the University Institute of Higher education in Pavia. He has held other teaching positions at CIELS and the Humanitarian Society of Milan.
He left 32 books and over 100 articles. Among his books are ‘Islam and Politics’ (1999) which has been reprinted several times; ‘The Light of Wisdom' (2012) 'The Qur'an: Modern Muslim Interpretations’ which was translated into English and published by Routledge in 2011; and ‘The Pearls of Quran’ (third edition 2016).