Jean-Pierre Filiu is professor of Middle East studies at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). He has held visiting professorships at Columbia and Georgetown universities. Among his many books, three were published in New York by Oxford University Press: “The Arab Revolution” (2011), “From Deep State to Islamic State” (2015) and “Gaza, a History” (Palestine Book Award 2015).
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Ever since Napoleon disembarked at Alexandria, France has had a complicated relationship with North Africa and Islam. Over the centuries it has been marked by politics, power, betrayal and misunderstandings.