Hamza Roberto Piccardo
Hamza Roberto Piccardo was a member of the Directive Council of UCOII, the Union of Islamic Communities in Italy, as well as spokesperson of the European Muslim Network. He is not currently serving any executive position in UCOII.
After the end of his military service in 1974, Piccardo went to Africa and crossed the Sahara desert. He met Muslims there and learned about Islam. He converted to Islam in 1975. In 1984 he started to pray and about five years later, he started fasting.
He founded the publishing house Al Hikma in 1993 and published the first edition of the Quran in Italian translated by Muslims, among other books.
- An interview with Hamza Riccardo
- Online Quran Project An Italian translation of the Quran by Hamza Roberto Piccardo]