Gilles Kepel

Sciences Po, Paris


Gilles Kepel is a French political scientist and Arabist who specializes in the contemporary Middle East and Muslims in the West.

He is a professor at the Paris Institute for Political Studies (Sciences Po) and director of the Middle East and Mediterranean Chair at Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) Research University, based at Ecole Normale Supérieure.

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MAY 12, 2017 Podcast

Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West

From January 2015 to July 2016, 239 people in France died in terrorist attacks. In this gripping talk, leading French scholar Gilles Kepel explains the causes behind this ...

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DEC 10, 2008 Podcast

Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East

The neocons and al-Qaeda have both failed to reach their objectives, says Gilles Kepel. We are now facing one big power in the Middle East: ...

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SEP 22, 2004 Transcript

The War for Muslim Minds: Islam and the West

Kepel argues that Americans have committed a fundamental error in assuming that the followers of Osama bin Laden are waging a war on the American ...

APR 17, 2002 Transcript

Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam

Today, Islamist movements in the Middle East are fragmented, according to Gilles Kepel, and no longer have the capacity to mobilize different social groups simultaneously ...