Giovanni Giacalone was an Associate Research Fellow at ISPI. He earned a Master in Islamic Studies at the Trinity Saint David, with a dissertation on the development of Islamic communities in Italy. He is a sociologist and an expert on Islam. Giacalone is also a member of the Italian Association of Sociology, and in particular of its branch on religion. His main research fields are political Islam and Islamic radicalism in Italy, the Balkans, Caucasus and Malta. His research interest has recently shifted to Sufi Islam, and he currently cooperates with several national and international institutes and media outlets.