Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Olivier Roy (the French scholar of political Islam now based in Florence; I gather there's a French-Canadian hockey star of the same name) has long been one of the more challenging analysts of political Islam in both the Middle East and Europe. In fact, France has produced some of our most subtle analysts of political Islam; besides Roy I think of Gilles Kepel and a whole squadron of his protégés from Sciences-Po. The current issue (Winter 2011/2012) of World Policy Journal is devoted to "Faith," and Roy has a major essay in it: "Breakthroughs in Faith." It's not just about political Islam or even just about Islam, but whether you agree or disagree with him on everything it will more than repay your time. Read it all: it does not lend itself to selective quotation.