Olivier Roy (professor)

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Olivier Roy is a French professor at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.[1][2] He has published articles and books on secularisation[3] and Islam [4] including "Global Islam",[5] and The Failure of Political Islam. He is known to have "a different view of radical Islam" than many other experts (seeing it as periferal, Westernized and part of a radicalized and "virtual" rather than pious and "actual" Muslim community).[6] More recently he has written on the Charlie Hebdo shooting,[7] and the November 2015 Paris attacks.[8]

Early life[edit]

Roy was born in 1949 in La Rochelle.[9] Roy received an agrégation in philosophy and a master's degree in Persian language and civilization in 1972 from the French Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales. In 1996, he received his PhD in Political Science from the IEP. Olivier does not know Arabic.[10]

Career[edit]

He was previously a research director at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and a lecturer for both the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) and the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (IEP).

From 1984 to 2008, he consulted with the French Foreign Ministry. In 1988, Roy served as a United Nations Office for Coordinating Relief in Afghanistan (UNOCA) consultant. Beginning in August 1993, Roy served as special Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) representative to Tajikistan until February 1994, at which time he was selected as head of the OSCE mission to Tajikistan, a position he held until October 1994.[11]

Roy is the author of books on Iran, Islam and Asian politics. These works include Globalized Islam: The search for a new ummah, Today's Turkey: A European State? and The Illusions of September 11. He also serves on the editorial board of the academic journal Central Asian Survey. His best-known book, L'Echec de l'Islam politique (1992) (The Failure of Political Islam) (1994), is a standard text for students of political Islam.

Roy wrote widely on the 2005 civil unrest in France, rebutting the suggestion that the violence was religiously inspired. He argues that Islamism is merely the rubric under which troubled youth enact their violent inclinations.[10] A view adamantly opposed by Roy's intellectual rival, Giles Kepel.[10]

His book Secularism Confronts Islam (Columbia, 2007) offers a perspective on the place of Islam in secular society and looks at the diverse experiences of Muslim immigrants in the West. Roy examines how Muslim intellectuals have made it possible for Muslims to live in a secularized world while maintaining the identity of a "true believer."

In 2010 he published Holy Ignorance, When Religion and Culture Part Ways, an analysis of religion, ethnicity and culture and the results when these part ways.

After the Charlie Hebdo shooting he argued that most French Muslims were committed to prevent violence,[12] and after the November 2015 Paris attacks, he wrote a strategic analysis of ISIS and the fight against it, published in the The New York Times.[13]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olivier Roy". European University Institute. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  2. ^ "Olivier Roy on Laicite as Ideology, the Myth of 'National Identity' and Racism in the French Republic". jadaliyya.com. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  3. ^ "The disconnect between religion and culture". eurozine.com. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  4. ^ "Olivier Roy". Goodreads. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  5. ^ Steele, Jonathan (2004-07-13). "Secularism Confronts Islam". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  6. ^ Judis, John B. (2013-05-22). "Boston: More Like Sandy Hook Than 9/11 - A conversation with Olivier Roy on the nature of the alleged Marathon terrorists". The New Republic. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  7. ^ "There Are More French Muslims Working for French Security Than for Al Qaeda". The Huffington Post. 2015-09-01. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  8. ^ "The Attacks in Paris Reveal the Strategic Limits of ISIS". The New York Times. 2015-11-16. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  9. ^ "Background (Conversations with History: Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley)". University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  10. ^ a b c Nossiter, Adam (12 July 2016). "‘That Ignoramus’: 2 French Scholars of Radical Islam Turn Bitter Rivals". New York Times. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). European University Institute. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  12. ^ "There Are More French Muslims Working for French Security Than for Al Qaeda". The Huffington Post. 2015-09-01. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  13. ^ "The Attacks in Paris Reveal the Strategic Limits of ISIS". The New York Times. 2015-11-16. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 

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