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Rebirth of the Arab World and Contemporary Jihadism




Tuesday 1st March

Conference starts at 7:00 pm followed by dinner at 8:30 pm.

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Jean-Pierre Filiu will share with us his expertise on how Islam adapted to globalized modernity and explore how radical movements are trying to « modernize » traditional concepts, giving them a new meaning previously unknown in Islam.


Price includes dinner.



Jean-Pierre Filiu, a historian and an arabist, is professor of Middle East Studies at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). He has held visiting professorships both at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and at Georgetown School of Foreign Service (SFS).

He served also as an adviser to the Prime Minister (2000-2002), to the Minister of Defense (1991-93), and to the Minister of Interior (1990-91). Prof. Jean-Pierre Filiu was a career diplomat from 1988 to 2006, following humanitarian missions in Afghanistan (1986) and Lebanon (1983-84). He was assigned to Amman, before becoming Deputy Chief of mission in Damascus and Tunis.

His book Apocalypse in Islam (University of California Press, 2011) was awarded the main prize by the French History Convention. Hurst (London) and Oxford University Press (New York) published his Arab Revolution, ten lessons from the democratic uprising in 2011, Gaza, a History in 2014 (Palestine Book Award by the Middle East Monitor) and From Deep State to Islamic State: the Arab counter-revolution and its jihadi legacy in 2015. His works and articles about contemporary Islam and the Arab world have been published in a dozen languages. Professor Filiu also wrote the script of Best of Enemies, a graphic novel about US in the Middle East (two of the three volumes are already out with Self Made Hero).


from 7:00 pm