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About Olivier Roy

Olivier Roy is professor at the European University Institute in FlorenceItaly where he is Head of the Mediterranean Programme at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. 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 acted as a consultant to the French Foreign Ministry.

Articles by Olivier Roy

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The attractions of jihadism, and a generational nihilism stretching far beyond the Muslim sphere

French Muslims are protesting against the conflation of Islam with jihadism, and about France's engagement in the coalition. If the French government really wants to steer young people away from terrorism, here's what it should be doing instead. Interview with specialist on Islam, Olivier Roy.

Secularism confronts Islam

The vigorous debate about Muslims in Europe and their relationship to the west's understanding of itself needs to be informed by an understanding of history's duality and the present's fluidity, says Olivier Roy.

Islamism's failure, Islamists' future

Islamist movements' entry into the electoral arena is changing them from within, making the choice for their western adversaries stark, says Olivier Roy.

The end of history and the long march of secularisation

The Muslim world is witnessing a gradual recasting of Islam in the framework of democracy, says Olivier Roy.

Democracy and Islamism

In the last days of 2005, leading thinkers and scholars from around the world share their fears, hopes and expectations of 2006. Forty-nine of openDemocracy’s distinguished contributors, from Mariano Aguirre to Slavoj Zizek, Neal Ascherson to Jonathan Zittrain – offer their predictions for the coming year. Since this is openDemocracy, we did not expect them to agree. We were not disappointed. (Part Two)
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