The Mediterranean: a hub of Religions, Economies and Cultures

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Como - Sant'Abbondio
First Semester
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Attendance at previous economics courses is recommended, but not mandatory. Equally useful are the basic notions given during the classes of Religions and rights and Comparative religious laws.

Written test on topic to be agreed within the first half of the course.

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The course aims to offer a historical-geopolitical and economic overview of the Mediterranean space, highlighting the influence of religions and cultures on economic development and exchanges between the two shores of the Mediterranean.
The course will be divided into two parts, carried out jointly between them. The first part will provide the basis for covering the historical, political and legal development of the southern Mediterranean states with particular attention to the role played by religion in the institutional configuration of this geopolitical space.
The second part of the course will focus on the economic and financial development of Islam, with the aim of understanding the complexity and peculiarities of a system different from the Western model, with which the economic operators of the "global" world today constantly interact.
The course aims to provide students with the keys to understanding the contemporary Mediterranean scenario with particular attention to the relationships between economics, politics and religion.
The student will have to become aware of the complexity and mutual inter-dependence of the factors involved as well as of the plural and constantly changing nature of the geopolitical space considered.

The focus of the Part One will be the bases of Muslim law and the modalities of transition from religious legal systems to the secular ones, typical of the modern states. The Constitutions of the States of the region with greater impact on the Italian reality will be examined, trying to identify the space left by them to the individual and associative agencies. We will then focus on some monographic themes, requiring the direct participation of the students.
In the Second Part we will illustrate the main economic-financial differences that characterize the economies of the Islamic countries compared to the western ones. Particular relevance will be given to Islam and economic and financial development; to the Islamic bank and the Islamic capital market; and finally microcredit will be dealt with, which is born Muslim but not fundamentalist.

Rony Hamaui, Luigi Ruggerone (2011) Il Mediterraneo degli altri. Le rivolte arabe tra sviluppo e democrazia. Edizioni Egea.
R. HAMAUI-M. MAURI, Economia e Finanza Islamica, Il Mulino, 2009
On the e-learning platform, power-point presentations, doctrine articles, judgments and practical cases for discussion will be uploaded at the appropriate time.

Teaching includes:
- Theoretical lessons, aimed at illustrating the history, principles and institutes of the geopolitical contexts that will be examined;
- Seminar lessons on specific in-depth studies.

Reception hours will be communicated at the beginning of the course. Teachers are also available to agree in a different time by contact via e-mail.