Proposed plan to build Islamic University underway in Italian City

2015-03-06 08:27:02 | Al Muslim News
Proposed plan to build Islamic University underway in Italian City


A Plan to construct an Islamic University is in progress in the Italian city Lecce. Giampiero Khaled Palladini, a Muslim convert born in Lecce, and the president of businesses associates group, is leading the project. Prompters believe that this project could become “an instrument for peace” in the town of Lecce which is proud of its openness and the location makes complete sense. ‘Geographically, we are also closer to the Arab world than we are to some parts of Italy’s north’, he added. “But Muslims are even more afraid right now. We’re all afraid together. People need to understand that the Muslim world isn’t Isis.” “We need something that could help change people’s attitudes towards being Muslim,” he said. Palladini revealed the details of proposed plan that the project has been registered and land was acquired on the suburbs of Lecce to construct the University, which will include accommodation, sports facilities and a mosque. The university with 5000 students capacity and would be open to locals & students from abroad. The university, which still needs accreditation from the Ministry of Education, would initially teach in philosophy, literature and theology. Palladini has not disclosed source of donations but says they are mostly private donors from Arab countries, including Qatar and Kuwait. Project needed €45 million to launch, but promoters already had secured a number of undertakings in this regard. Around 1.6 million Muslims live in Italy, forming 2.6 percent of population of the country. Lecce total population is around 95,000..

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