Gilles Kepel bio

1. Name: Gilles Kepel
2. Title: French Scholar and Analyst of the Islamic and Arab world
3. Biography: Gilles Kepel is a French scholar and analyst of the Islamic and the Arab world. He is the Professor at the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Paris, Director of its doctoral programme on the Muslim World at Sciences Po, and also the Director of the “Middle East” book series at the Presses Universitaires de France.

He is currently the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for 2009-2010 (Centre for Diplomacy & Strategy), at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE IDEAS).

Professor Kepel is an acclaimed scholar and author who specializes in political Islam, the Middle East, and international relations between the Muslim World and the West.

His books include The War for Muslim Minds, Bad Moon Rising, and Allah in the West: Islamic movements in America and Europe, and most recently Beyond Terror and Martyrdom, which was reviewed by Ian Buruma for New York Review of Books.

4. Involvement/ Affiliations:
  • Institute of Political Studies: Centre for International Studies and Research, 2010
  • LSE IDEAS Centre for Diplomacy & Strategy, 2009-2010
  • Visiting Professorship, Columbia University, 1995-1996
  • Visiting Professorship, New York University, 1994
5. Education:
  • Ph.D., Sociology and Political Science, school and year unknown
  • Degree in Arabic, English and Philosophy, school and year unknown
6. Published Works:
  • Al Qaeda in Its Own Words, 2008
  • Beyond terror and martyrdom: The future of the Middle East, 2008
  • Du jihad a la fitna, Paris, Bayard/BNF, 2005
  • The roots of radical Islam, 2005
  • Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam, 2004
  • The War for Muslim Minds: Islam and the West, 2004
  • Bad moon rising: A chronicle of the Middle East today, 2003
  • Jihad: expansion et declin de l’islamisme, [revised] 2003
  • Allah in the West: Islamic movements in America and Europe, 1997
  • A l’ouest d’Allah, 1996
  • The revenge of God: The resurgence of Islam, Christianity and Judaism in the modern world, 1994
  • Le Prophete et le Pharaon. Aux sources des mouvements islamistes, [revised] 1993
  • Les banlieues de l’islam. Naissance d’une religion en France, 2nd edition 1991
7. Contact info: Institute of Political Studies
Centre for International Studies and Research (Sciences Po)
Phone: +33 1 45 49 72 34
Email: kepel@ceri-sciences-po.org