Olivier Roy

Joint Chair RSCAS, Chair in Mediterranean Studies

Olivier Roy

Olivier Roy (1949) is a Senior Researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (since 1985) and a professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (since 2003). He headed the OSCE’s Mission for Tajikistan (1993-94) and was a Consultant for the UN Office of the Coordinator for Afghanistan (1988). His field works include Political Islam, Middle East, Islam in the West and comparative religions.

Prof. Roy received an “Agrégation de Philosophie” and a Ph.D. in Political Sciences. He is the author of “Globalized Islam” (Chicago University Press), 2004, and more recently of “La Sainte Ignorance” (“The Holy Ignorance”, Seuil 2008). In 2008-2009 he has been a visiting Professor at Berkeley University.

He is presently working on “Islamic norms in the public sphere”, conversions and apostasy and comparative religions.


Fields of Research and Supervision: Afghanistan, Iran, Middle-East, Central Asia, Christianism, Conversions, Islam, Islamism, Religious Fundamentalism, Civil Society, Religion

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies
European University Institute
Via della Fontanelle 19
50014 San Domenico di Fiesole (FI)
Email: Olivier.Roy@eui.eu

Administrative Assistants: 
Claudia.Fanti@eui.eu (RSCAS), Tel. [+39] 055 4685 818 
Maureen.Lechleitner@eui.eu (SPS), Tel. [+39] 055 4685 244 (for seminars and Ph.D. supervisees)

Office hours: Thursdays 14:30-16:00. Researchers are advised to send an email.

Languages: French (fluent), English (good), Persian (good), German (reading), Arabic and Turkish (notions)


Page last updated on 11 February 2014