Antoine Sfeir

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Antoine Sfeir
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Antoine Sfeir
Born (1948-11-25)November 25, 1948
Beirut, Lebanon
Occupation journalist
Nationality Flag of France.svg France / Flag of Lebanon.svg Lebanon

Antoine Sfeir, (born 25 November 1948 in Beirut, Lebanon), is a Franco-Lebanese journalist and a professor.

He is the editor of the French journal Les Cahiers de l'Orient (Notebooks from the East), a quarterly devoted to the Arab and Muslim world, and the president of the CERPO (Study and Research Center on the Middle East). A former professor of international relations at the CELSA (Paris-Sorbonne University) school, he is now president of the ILERI international relations school (Institut Libre d'Etude des Relations Internationales).[1]

A recognized expert on Islam,[2] Sfeir has been warning against the dangers of radicalism as soon as in the 2000's : "...foreign imams often found an all too willing audience in France's rundown immigrant suburbs. The kids there already watch Arab stations on satellite TV, with their bloodthirsty slogans and anti-western propaganda. They've already been totally radicalized."[3]

Sfeir wrote numerous books about Islam and the Middle East;,[4][5] one of which is the Columbia World Dictionary of Islamism, translated by John King (Columbia University Press). He is also often interviewed about international affairs in television talkshows,[6] newspapers,[7] and Administration commissions.[8]

In his book "Tunisie, terre de paradoxes" published in 2006 he was accused of supporting the regime of Ben Ali in particular by denying its police and authoritarian character.[9] Sfeir replied that he always considered "the Tunisian people as an example for the whole region" in terms of education, modernization and regional integration, as well as in the fight against religious fundamentalism"[10]