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Olivier Roy 


Olivier Roy

Olivier Roy is Professor at the European university Institute where he heads the Mediterranean Programme at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.

He has been a Senior Researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (since 1985), Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (since 2003), and visiting Professor at Berkeley University (2008/2009). He headed the OSCE’s Mission for Tajikistan (1993-1994) and was a Consultant for the UN office of the Coordination for Afghanistan (1988). His field work include Afghanistan, Political Islam, Middle East, Islam in the West and comparative religions.

He received an “Aggregation de Philosophie” and a Ph.D. in Political Science. He is the author of “The failure of Political Islam” (Harvard UP 1994), “Globalized Islam” (Columbia University Press, 2004) and more recently of “La Sainte Ignorance” (“Holy Ignorance”, Columbia University Press, 2010). He is presently working on “Islamic norms in the public sphere”, conversions, apostasy and comparative religions.

Pasquale Annicchino 

Research Fellow


Pasquale is  Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, he is also a member of the EUI Ethics Committee. He has been Adjunct Professor of Law at BYU Law School (U.S.A.) and Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).

He received his Ph.D. in Law from the University of Siena where he also graduated in law summa cum laude. He studied as an Erasmus student at the School of Law of Charles IV University in Prague (Czech Republic), at the European Academy of Legal Theory in Brussels (Belgium) and at University College London. He was Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Law and Religion of the Emory University Law School in Atlanta (United States). 

He serves as book review editor for Religion and Human Rights: an International Journal and is a member of the editorial board of Quaderni di Diritto e Politica Ecclesiastica published by Il Mulino. He is the author of a forthcoming book on international religious freedom.

His main interests include the followings: Legal Theory, Law and Religion, EU Law, Religion and Politics.

Nadia Marzouki 

Research Associate  

Marzouki Nadia

Nadia Marzouki is a Research Fellow (Chargée de Recherche) at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) in Paris, and a consultant for ReligioWest.

She received her PhD in political science from Sciences-Po, Paris in 2008. She has been a Postdoctoral fellow at the Council on Middle Eastern Studies, Yale Univeristy (2008-2010), and a visiting scholar at the University of Berkeley (2004-2005) and at Princeton University (2005-2006).

Her work examines public controversies about Islam in Europe and the United States. She is also interested in religious conversions to Evangelical Christianity and debates about religious freedom in North Africa. She is the author of L'Islam, une religion américaine? (Paris, Le Seuil, 2013). She co-edited with Olivier Roy, Religious conversions in the Mediterranean World, (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2013). She is currently editing a book with Olivier Roy and Duncan McDonnell on Religion and Populism (forthcoming, fall 2014).


ReligioWest Collaborators


Michal Matlak 


Michal Matlak

Michal Matlak is a Researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute. He studied at the Willy Brandt Center for German and European Studies, University of Wroclaw and the Humboldt University in Berlin. He was a visiting student at the University of Montreal and Catholic University of Leuven. He was Vice-President of the Youth Regional Network of the Assembly of European Regions. He published a book “Poland in Europe, Europe in Poland” which examines the results of the rapid europeanization of Poland.


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