Louis Blin

Post-Islamism in the Arab Gulf states. A shift from Salafism to Islamic humanism

Summary A powerful current of Muslim revivalism has gone largely unnoticed by Westerners, mostly focused on Islamism, Salafism, and Jihadism. Although deeply rooted as far as the Muslim Nahda (Renaissance) of the 19th Century, it surfaced after their failure and the fall of the Islamic State in 2019. This development incidentally coincided with the coming […]

Lamartine, in the forgotten years of French Islamophilia

Hard as it is to believe today, in the course of French literary history, many writers displayed, vis-à-vis Islam, a desire to understand, a real tolerance and an open-mindedness which have now vanished completely among most of our intellectuals. The poet Alphonse de Lamartine is a case in point.               […]

Recent trends in Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Aid Policy

(paper presented by Louis Blin at the conference « Impact of Gulf States’ foreign aid on protracted crises », Florence, June 23, 2023) This paper does not aim at giving a global overview of Saudi Arabia’s foreign aid policy. It rather tries to find out how it might evolve, through a record of its recent trends. According […]

The “Islamic veil” in Islamic Literature

Pascal Sébah, « Femme de Djeddah (A Woman from Jeddah) », 1873, in Louis Blin, La Ville d’Ève. Djeddah dans l’iconographie française jusqu’en 1940 (The City of Eve. Jeddah in the French Iconography up to 1940), Paris, Geuthner, 2021, p. 446. Everyone talks about the “Islamic veil” on both sides of the Mediterranean, but who […]

Le « voile islamique » au crible des textes

Pascal Sébah, « Femme de Djeddah », 1873, in Louis Blin, La Ville d’Ève. Djeddah dans l’iconographie française jusqu’en 1940, Paris, Geuthner, 2021, 446 p. Tout le monde parle du « voile islamique » des deux côtés de la Méditerranée, mais qui sait de quoi il parle ? On trouvera la réponse à cette question – et à d’autres soulevées […]