Professor and Chair, Middle East and Mediterranean Studies, at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris
Area of Expertise: International Relations, Religion, Terrorism, War and Conflict
Geographical Expertise - Region: Europe, North Africa and Middle East
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Italian
Field of Work: Academia, Author/Novelist, Journalist/Commentator
Gilles Kepel is Professor and Chair, Middle East and Mediterranean Studies, at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), where he heads the programs on the Arab and Muslim World, at the PhD, M.A.. and undergraduate levels – the latter in Menton (French Riviera).
A visiting professor at NYU and Columbia University in 1995-96, Dr. Kepel holds degrees in Arabic, English and Philosophy, and a PhD in political science from Sciences Po.
He is a contributor to the Financial Times, Le Monde, La Repubblica, El Pais, Al Hayat, and a number of Arabic language and international newspapers. He is regularly interviewed on BBC radio and TV, CNN, Al Jazeera, Al Arabiyya, LBC and French and international channels. He frequently travels to North Africa, the Middle East, the Gulf, the US and Europe and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of the Arab World (IMA) located in Paris.
Some of his recent publications include: Beyond Terror and Martyrdom; The War for Muslim Minds; Jihad, the trail of political Islam; Al-Qaeda in its own word; Bad Moon Rising : a Chronicle of the Middle East Today; Jihad/ The trail of Political Islam; Allah in the West : Islamic Movements in America and Europe; The Revenge of God; Les Banlieues de l’Islam; Muslim Extremism in Egypt/The Roots of Radical Islam.
- A New Article Series: Youth, Civic Engagement and Democratic Processes 308,416 views
- Somalia in Shambles 150,547 views
- Interview with Ali Gomaa, Grand Mufti of Egypt 68,619 views
- Immediate Reactions from Experts on Egypt 61,225 views
- Secrecy is the problem, not leakers 38,882 views