The essays that comprise this study eschew stereotypical representations of a politicized Islam in the Mediterranean Region. The contributors consider the reality that lies behind current issues in the area and the role that an embedded Islam has played or may play in the region.
1.The Shaping of Current Islamic Reformation 2. The Politics of the "umma": States and community in Islamic movements 3. Sunni and Shi'i Networking in the Middle East 4. New Centres and Peripheries in European Islam 5. From Jurists' Law to Statute Law or What Happens when the Shari'a is Codified 6. Political Aspects of Modern Shi'i Legal Discussions: Humayni and Khu'i on "ijtihad" and "qada" 7. Islamic Law as a Core for Political Law: The withering of an Islamist illusion 8. Arab Government Responses to Islamic Finance: The Cases of Egypt and Saudi Arabia 9. Islam Interactive: Mediterranean Islamic expression on the World Wide Web 10. Islamic Activism and Social Movement Theory: A new direction for research