Olivier Roy is a professor at l’Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences socials in Paris and a research director at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique. A world authority on Islam and politics, Roy’s books is The Failure of Political Islam, The New Central Asia: The Creation of Nations, Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah, and, with Mariam Abou Zahab, Islamist Networks: The Afghan-Pakistan Connection.
SECULARISM CONFRONTS ISLAM
The denunciation of fundamentalism in France, embodied in the law against the veil and the deportation of imams, has shifted into a systematic attack on all Muslims and Islam. This hostility is rooted in the belief that Islam cannot be integrated into French” and, consequently, secular and liberal-society. However, as Olivier Roy makes clear in this book, Muslim intellectuals have made it possible for Muslims to live concretely in a secularized world while maintaining the identity of a “true believer.” They have formulated a language that recognizes two spaces: that of religion and that of secular society.
Publisher: COLUMBIA PRESS
Author: OLIVER ROY