Multiculturalism affirms that people with different roots can co-exist across the borders of race, language, religion. In recent times, though, with the accentuation of new migratory processes, the West has found itself between integration and conflict. New political and religious fundamentalisms have emerged and are now threatening the confrontation between different cultures. On the one hand there is the face of fear, on the other the value of tolerance and respect. The volume collects some reflections presented at the 12th International Summer School on Religions (San Gimignano, 27-31 August 2005) organised by the International Centre for Studies on the Contemporary Religious.
University of Florence, Italy