Shaping the Current Islamic Reformation

Shaping the Current Islamic Reformation

Shaping the Current Islamic Reformation

Shaping the Current Islamic Reformation

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

The idea for this volume arose out of discussions in an editorial board meeting of Mediterranean Politics during which the editor of this collection suggested an assessment of where we are in the understanding of Islam and Islamic politics in the Mediterranean area. the authors that were approached have a scholarly overview of the Middle East and a specialist knowledge of particular aspects of the functioning of the region. Each of the authors was asked to take stock as to where he or she thought the state of our learning had arrived concerning some aspect of the evolution of Islam or Islamic politics in the region. While the following discussions do not have the pretention of offering a solution to the Middle East crisis-a crisis that has not only been enduring over the decades but seemingly unsolvable-it does provide more clearly and in greater detail an understanding of important aspects of Middle East religious, social and political structures and developments.

I would particularly wish to acknowledge the interest and support of the Editor of Mediterranean Politics, Professor Richard Gillespie, who has encouraged a number of informative special issues devoted to important subjects concerning the Mediterranean region. This volume is a tribute to the interest and camaraderie of the scholars and to their willingness to contribute to its purpose of filling exisiting gaps in the knowledge of the discerning public. I would also like to thank Lydia Linford at Frank Cass for being understanding, supportive and patient, and to Mark Anstee for his handling of attached documents, the form in which all of the material arrived for this volume, and all the other technical aspects. Lastly, acknowledgement of the creation and careful preparation of the bibliography must be made to Margaret Roberson for which there is much appreciation.

B.A. Roberson
Cambridge, Massachusetts
January 2003

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