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Routledge-Giappichelli Studies in Religion, Law and Economics in the Mediterranean Space

About the Series

This book series promotes an interdisciplinary analysis of the connection between the religious, social, economic, and legal aspects of the Mediterranean world. It emphasizes the role of religious beliefs and institutions as a "discursive heritage", pragmatically used in the construction of political and economic systems. Religious phenomenology is analysed from a diachronic and dynamic perspective to highlight the interdependence between the diversified cultural forms of the Mediterranean area. The core idea is that contemporary globalization, by re-proposing old questions in new scenarios, deepens and reveals forms of osmosis between different social systems. Globalization, and the pluralism it entails, challenges the post Second World War constitutional and democratic model, which was based on the universality of human rights, with the difficulty of realizing its promises. This challenge reactivates tensions between contemporary universalistic claims and modern nationalistic reactions. Religion, economy, state politics, international and religious rights, and soft rules are all part of this transformation, which combines modern and contemporary paradigms in a new way. Presenting a forum for comparative studies of the relationships between the two shores of the Mediterranean, the series constitutes a step towards the overcoming of unilateral interpretations and culturally rooted stereotypes.

The series is an integrated academic project, organized by the Research Centre for Religion, Law and Economy in the Mediterranean Area of Insubria University, together with other Italian and foreign academic and research institutions. It is also an educational project, aimed at stimulating a cultural exchange between students, teachers, and researchers, on the one hand, and religious, social, economic and institutional actors, on the other. A website created by the editorial team for the stimulation of dialogue between researchers and the collection and sharing of documents can be accessed at:

The Series Editor, Professor Alessandro Ferrari, is appointed by the Scientific Council of the Research Center REDESM of the University of Insubria, Italy.

The Editorial Board is composed of academics belonging to different scientific and disciplinary sectors of the macro-area involved in the series and approved by the Scientific Council of the Research Center REDESM.

Editorial Board

Alessandro Ferrari, University of Insubria, Italy

Flavia Cortelezzi, University of Insubria, Italy

Anne Fornerod, CNRS- Strasbourg, France

Michel Younès, Université de Lyon, France

Jinan Limam, Université de Tunis – Carthage, Tunisia

Michaela Johanna Neulinger, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Michele Brignone, OASIS- Catholic University of Milan, Italy

Kostantinos Papastathis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Roula Talhouk, Université Saint Joseph – Beirut, Lebanon

Mohammed Mouaqit, Emerite Université Casablanca, Morocco


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Contemporary Issues in Islamic Law, Economics and Finance A Multidisciplinary Approach

Contemporary Issues in Islamic Law, Economics and Finance: A Multidisciplinary Approach

1st Edition


Edited By Flavia Cortelezzi, Alessandro Ferrari
May 27, 2024

This book explores how Islam can impact the structures and performance of firms, financial institutions and capital markets across a range of countries and industries. The Islamic finance industry represents an important reality not only because of the oil wealth of the Gulf states, which have ...

Freedom of Religion, Security and the Law Key Challenges for a Pluralistic Society

Freedom of Religion, Security and the Law: Key Challenges for a Pluralistic Society

1st Edition


Edited By Natascia Marchei, Daniela Milani
May 27, 2024

This collection addresses many of the issues arising from the management of religious and cultural diversity in a multicultural society and refers to the complex relationship between the right to religious freedom and security. In recent decades, and particularly since September 2001, the right ...

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