At this critical moment in Islamic history, we would like to re-present reflections arising from the intellectual force of the doctrinal insight and metaphysical clarification of Shaykh ‘Abd al-Wahid Yahya Rene´ Gue´non. Through the collected writings of Shaykh Pallavicini, the president and founder of COREIS (Co- munita` Religiosa Islamica, the Italian Islamic Religious Com- munity), we hope to spread the wisdom underlying Islamic orthodoxy to a wider audience.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-Wahid Pallavicini’s spiritual practice and metaphysical orientation gave him the resolve to return to Italy and bring home the blessings he received in the East. Upon his initial return, Italy in the seventies and eighties was a stranger to Islam; the country had yet to experience its current level of Muslim immigration.
After having been totally unknown for many years, the shaykh’s orientation has become well received in Italy.
During those decades, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Wahid Pallavicini would meet with the ambassadors of Islamic countries for Friday prayers (jumu’ah). Oftentimes they were unable to gather even the minimum number of seven men needed to perform the ritual properly. As he worked to serve the first generation of Italian Muslims, the Shaykh contributed to the establishment of the Islamic Cultural Center of Italy that now manages the Great Mosque of Rome.
At that time, the visionary Persian prince Abolghassem Amini was the Secretary General of the Islamic Center and he exerted great effort in establishing the Cultural Center and the Great Mosque of Rome.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-Wahid Pallavicini, has functioned as an intermediary between Christianity and Islam since 1986 when he was in Assisi as one of the members of the Muslim delegation invited by Pope John Paul II to participate in the first meeting with the representatives of the world religions.
He continued to bridge the two