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Olivier Roy

Joint Chair RSCAS, Chair in Mediterranean Studies

Olivier Roy

Olivier Roy (1949)  is currently joint-chair at the RSCAS and SPS department of the EUI. Previously he has been senior researcher at the French CNRS and Professor at the EHESS (Paris). He headed the OSCE’s Mission for Tajikistan (1993-94) and was a Consultant for the UN Office of the Coordinator for Afghanistan (1988). He has been heading the ERC funded project "ReligioWest" since 2011. His field works include Political Islam, Middle East, Islam in the West and comparative religions.
Prof. Roy received an “Agrégation de Philosophie”  (1972) and a Ph.D. in Political Sciences. In 2008-2009 he has been a visiting Professor at Berkeley University.
He is the author, among other books, of “Globalized Islam” (Columbia University Press), 2004,  and "Holy Ignorance” (Oxford UP), 2010. His last book is "En Quête de l'Orient perdu" (Seuil 2014). 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 50014 San Domenico di Fiesole (FI) Email: [email protected]
Office: Villa Schifanoia, VS048

Administrative Assistants: Sarah St John, Tel. [+39] 055 4685 817 and [email protected] (SPS), Tel. [+39] 055 4685 244 (only 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)


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