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Cédric Baylocq

Doctor in social and cultural anthropology from the University of Bordeaux with a thesis entitled “Religious Authority and Islamic Norms in a Secular Context” (supervised by Pierre Bidart/John Bowen, submitted in September 2011, defended in February 2012), Cédric Baylocq was a postdoctoral researcher at the Jacques Berque Center for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities (UMIFRE CNRS 3136) in Rabat from 2011 to 2013, where he notably coordinated 2 research programs funded by the ANR. He was then recruited as an assistant professor (permanent contract/full-time) in Moroccan higher education (private) in 2013, contributing to the launch of an Institute of Political, Legal and Social Sciences and teaching several courses, including “Introduction to Arab-Muslim Thought,” “Anthropology of Morocco,” and “Introduction to Political Sociology and Anthropology.”

He joined the Central Office for Worship (DLPAJ) of the Ministry of the Interior in September 2015 as a research officer, where he notably established a fund dedicated to supporting research in the humanities and social sciences on Islam in France and Europe, as well as Islamic studies (calls for proposals, scientific committees, administrative committees, relations with higher education and research institutions, monitoring and support for winning teams, research summaries…), and contributed to dialogue between the State and the Muslim faith.

From September 2019 to 2021, he worked as a mission officer at the North Africa Middle East (ANMO) department of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE), before resuming teaching duties at the Catholic Institute of Paris, and as an associate researcher at the Institute of Science and Theology of Religions (ISTR), as well as at the Laboratory Les Afriques dans le Monde (LAM), IEP Bordeaux.

Since March 2023, he has been a mission officer at the French Institute of Islamology (IFI) as responsible for valorization and scientific dissemination.

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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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