Jean-Pierre Filiu, born in Paris in 1961, is a French scholar, historian and Arabist, an expert on contemporary Islam.
Winner in 1981 of the Institute for Policy Studies, argues there in 1985 a doctorate in history, edited by Jean-Noel Jeanneney. This thesis, devoted to May 68 at the ORTF, has since been published with the support of the National Audiovisual Institute.
Graduated from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, it becomes representative of the International Federation of Human Rights in Lebanon into a civil war. He wrote in 1984 the first report on the tragedy of civilians "disappeared"in the Lebanese conflict and it shows on this subject before the Commission on Human Rights of the UN. It is then responsible in 1986 for a humanitarian project in an area of Afghanistan held by the anti-Soviet.
Adviser for Foreign Affairs, he was stationed in Jordan, Syria and Tunisia and the United States. He also served in the cabinets of Interior Minister Pierre Joxe (1990-91), the same Minister for Defence (1991-93) and Prime Minister Lionel Jospin (2000-2002).
He is now associate professor at the Institute of Political Studies, where he teaches English, French and Arabic in the Middle East Mediterranean Chair. It is empowered to direct research in political science. He has published in France and abroad extensively on the Arab-Muslim. His recent work on Al-Qaeda and the millennialism emphasize the rupture between the extremism of contemporary and traditional Islamic.
On 15 September 2010, the activity of the group known as Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQMI) took dramatic form with the kidnapping of seven expatriates, including five French citizens, from the Areva site at Arlit, in northern Nigeria. In addition to this specific trial of strength and its developments, there is now an acute need to respond to the issue of the Jihad’s penetration into the Sahel, and indeed into sub-Saharan Africa...
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