Paolo Maria Leo Cesare Maggiolini is a Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor in History of Islamic Asia at the Catholic University of Milan (Italy). He also teaches in the Master in Middle Eastern Studies (MIMES) at the Alta Scuola di Economia e Relazioni Internazionali (ASERI). He is an Associate Fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies and member of the research team of MisSMO – Axe 1 (Missions chrétiennes et sociétés au Moyen-Orient: organisations, identités, patrimonialisation – XIXe-XXIe siècles). He is co-editor with Kamran Matin (University of Sussex) for the Palgrave series "Minorities in West Asia and North Africa" (WANA). His researches are mainly focused on religion and politics in the Middle East and Mediterranean context, with particular concentration on Israel, Iraq, Jordan and Palestine, Arab Christianity in the Middle East, the relationship between religion, national identity and nationalism, and Euro-Mediterranean relations.