La´citÚ in France: How the Fight Against ’Islamist Separatism’ Contributes to the Dechristianizaiton of France

13:00 - 14:30


Zentrum fŘr SŘdosteuropastudien




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The goal of the lecture series is to grasp and compare reproductions of religion in Southeast European space as a social phenomenon. This will be accomplished by mediating an understanding for the relationship between religion, politics and society based upon the example of contemporary Southeast Europe. It will be illustrated through inputs from current research in the field and the inclusion of approaches from historiography, anthropology, sociology, and political science.

La´citÚ (strict separation between State and Chruch) was born from a political struggle in the XIX century between the Republic and the Catholic Church. While the growing secularization of the French society in the second half of the XX century led to a dechristianization of the country, the rise of Islam as a religion entailed a state policy of enforcing a stricter "la´citÚ", defined in terms of culture and values. But the paradoxical consequences is that this recent offensive is undermining any religion, including what is left of christianity.

Olivier Roy is a French political scientist, professor at the European University Institute in Florence. He has published articles and books on secularisation and Islam including "Global Islam", and The Failure of Political Islam. His field works include Political Islam, Middle East, Islam in the West and comparative religions. He is known to have "a different view of radical Islam" than some other experts.


Meeting-Kennnummer: 121 008 3481

Passwort: 8JhPr4W9rM3

Zentrum fŘr SŘdosteuropastudien Armina Galijas

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