Professor of Arabic language and civilisation at the University of Lyon 2.
Agrégé of Arabic and doctor in political science (IEP of Paris), his research focuses on the contemporary Arab world.
He was administrative and scientific secretary of the French Institute of Arab Studies in Damascus (now IFPO) between 1992 and 1997.
His research interests include the contemporary Arab world (political and ideological issues), the (Syrian) historical discourse and national political community, the Alawite religion, and contemporary Islam in the West. He has devoted several of his works to Arab nationalisms, particularly in Syria and Egypt, and has directed Les armées du Moyen-Orient face à Daesh (2016, with Jean-François Daguzan).
In search of an aggiornamento of Islam. Contemporary approaches
Can the upheavals in the Arab-Muslim world lead to an aggiornamento regulating the link between religion and politics and making it possible to live better together in peace? To answer this questio...
In today’s Egypt, a stronger foundation for political violence
Political repression in Egypt ravaged the Jama’at al Ikhwan al Muslimiin, the Muslim Brotherhood, formerly the strongest and most organized opposition group in the country. In today’s Egypt, the yo...
The utopia of Islam: religion against the state
If it is the result of radical currents that pervert Islamic sources, the violence that takes place in the name of Islam, and of which Muslims themselves are the first victims, is at the heart of t...
Diritto e religione nell’islam mediterraneo