Dr. Valentina Colombo

Senior Fellow


Valentina Colombo’s research focuses on democratisation in the Middle East and North Africa. She is particularly focused on liberal intellectuals in the region and the role of women in politics. Valentina teaches geopolitics in the Islamic world at the European University in Rome. As of July 2014, she is also a senior analyst at Wikistrat. Valentina has previously taught Islamic Studies and Arabic language and literature at Bologna University. She regularly appears in Italian media as well as in international press. She has published books including “Christianity in the Arab World” (2013), “Forbidden in the name of Allah” (2010) and “Islam: Instructions for use” (2009).
MA & PhD, Islamic Studies, Orientale University of Naples (Italy)
BA, Arabic Language and Literature, Catholic University of Milan (Italy)
Email: valentina.colombo [AT]
Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Analysis & Events


From being friends with the anti-Semitic Imam, to (almost) a candidate. The Democratic Party in Milan is in total chaos on fundamentalism and political Islam

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo is mentioned by the well-known Italian newspaper Il Foglio regarding the candidacy of Sameh Meligy for the municipal elections of Milan, an Italian originally from Egypt and member of the Alleanza Islamica d’Italia (Islamic Alliance of Italy).


Mosques, schools, hospitals: the money from Qatar arriving to Italy

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo is mentioned in the well-known Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera: she discusses the on-going issue regarding investments in the non profit area from Arab countries and the effect this may have in fostering a radical interpretation of Islam among the local population.

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