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Cédric Baylocq

Cédric Baylocq S. holds a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural anthropology from the University of Bordeaux. He is currently a lecturer and associate researcher at the Institut Catholique de Paris (ISTR and Theologicum) and also trained public agents on several issues.

He spent five years in Morocco as an Arabist fellow (Rabat, 2010-2011) of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs first, a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre Jacques Berque pour les études en sciences humaines et sociales (UMIFRE CNRS, Rabat, 2011-2013), and then taught social sciences as a full assistant professor at Mundiapolis University’s Institute for Political, Social Sciences and Law (ISPJS, Casablanca, 2013-2015).

Back to France, he then has notably been in charge of a national fund dedicated to supporting social science research on Islam from 2015 to 2019 at the Bureau central des cultes (DLPAJ, French Ministry of Interior) and served as an interlocutor of local Muslim communities and representatives. From September 2019 to 2021, he served as a special advisor of the MENA department at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with a focus on religious and political dynamics in the region.

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Institut Catholique de Paris - France

Islam and Otherness (Paris)

In the global context of identity tensions, migratory flows, depreciation of the image of the Muslim world and its association to Daesh and al-Qaeda’s terrorist attacks, the Institute of Science and Theology of Religions in Paris intends to carry out a research on the capacity of Islam to maintain a constructive and peaceful relationship with […]

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