Giovanni Giacalone

Male, 43 Years|Milan - 20100, Italy

Member since: Feb 10, 2010

Last active on: Feb 12, 2013 at 04:18 PM (EST)

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About Giovanni Giacalone

MA in Islamic Studies at Trinity Saint David University of Wales,
Editor for various Italian and foreign magazines, Sociology of Religion and Islamic Studies teacher.

Social analyst, Islamologist, member of Associazione Italiana Sociologia “religion” branch.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of Bologna with a thesis in Social Anthropology, “Daoism between tradition and modern ages”.
Since starting his studies he has been interested in Sociology of Religion, in the qualitative methodology, the Theories of Social Action and the Social Constructionism of Berger and Luckmann.
After an MA in Human Resources Management and a brief experience in HR he continued his studies in cooperation with the Buddhist Chan association Zatma, contributing to a research on Chan Buddhism in southern China, “Assault on the Summit”.
He then began to study Judaism and Islam, with a close look at the mystical and reform movements, cooperating with Gabriele Mandel, publishing several articles for Rivista Sufismo.
A strong supporter of an approach to Islamic sources based on the analysis of historical social and cultural context, Giacalone follows with particular interest the works of Muslim intellectuals who come from human and social sciences such as Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd, Muhammad Arkoun, Abdolkarim Soroush, Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim, Fazlur Rahman and the “Originalist Approach” of Pakistani theologian Ahmed Javed Ghamidi.
He currently lives in Milan where he is working on his MA dissertation in “Islamic Studies” at Trinity Saint David, University of Wales, with the objective of analyzing the development of Islamic communities in Italy, the integration process and detect the main problems in order to find some potential solutions.
In addition, he is cooperating with online newspapers and magazines such as Diritto di Critica, where he deals with Islam and affairs linked to Islamic countries and is head writer for Drumtide Magazine, for which he writes about Islam in Africa and West African traditional religions.

Teaching Preferences

Online Teaching

One-on-One at $10-20 per hour

Group Teaching at $0-10 per hour

In Person Teaching

One-on-One at $10-20 per hour

Group Teaching at $0-10 per hour

Offers free trial classes

Teaches following Subjects/Exams
Sociology of Religion (Others)
Language of Instruction: English
Sociology of Islam (Others)
Language of Instruction: English
sociology religion
Sociology of Religion (Others)
Language of Instruction: English
Teaching Experience

Teaching Buddhism

Zatma, United States

Oct 2003 - Feb 2010


I'm a teacher for Zatma

tutoring on Islam

Islam, Italy

Nov 2009 - Feb 2010


Professional Experience
Sociologist , teacher and writer
autonomous, Lombardia, Italy
Nov 2009 - Present
translator and publisher
autonomous, Lombardia, Italy
Mar 2008 - Feb 2010

currently writing and translating for a magazine on Religion, Islam and Sufism

hr consultant
hoel, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Sep 2007 - Jan 2008


Università di Bologna, Italy

Sep 2001 - Dec 2005

TOEFL, Master's degree in HR, studying at the al-Mawrid institute

Professional Exams & Certifications


Punjab, Pakistan

Year Of Passing: 2009


Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Year Of Passing: 2008


Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Year Of Passing: 2005


Nevada, United States

Year Of Passing: 2003

Language diploma (English, French, Spanish)

Veneto, Italy

Year Of Passing: 1997

Associations & Membership
Associazione Italiana Sociologia
Jan 2009 - Present
Publications and Research
Il Taoismo fra tradizione e modernità
Giovanni Giacalone

A study of Daoism in its tradition and in modern times.

Assault on the summit
Giovanni Giacalone, Ming Zhen Shakya, Yin Zhao Shakya

An advanced text on Southern Zen Buddhism

Abjad in Islam
Giovanni Giacalone

The history of Abjad and its roots in semitic culture. Comparisons with Jewish gematriya.

Sufism in Pakistan
Giovanni Giacalone

The history of Islam in Pakistan and how the three main Sufi orders came to birth.

The History of Karaism
Giovanni Giacalone

The history of Karaite Jews

Legba as a bridge-figure between Africa and the New World
Giovanni Giacalone

the history of the legendary lwa Papa Legba in Vodou and Vodun

Jews of Malta today and in the past
Giovanni Giacalone

the history of the Maltese Jewish community

The Chistiyya Sufi order
Giovanni Giacalone

The history of the Chisti order from its rise till today

My generation: migrant stories from Italy
Giovanni Giacalone

an interview with a second generation Italian-Ghanaian

The life of an illegal
Giovanni Giacalone

interview with a Senegalese illegal

The development of Islamic communities in Italy
Giovanni Giacalone

Islamic communities in Italy from the 60s till today

The Salafi movement
Giovanni Giacalone

Salafiyya from al-Afghani till today

Sufism in Italy
Giovanni Giacalone

A perspective of the various Sufi orders in Italy with special attention to Muridiyya and Jerrahiyya

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