Thierry Vincent Zarcone

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Thierry Vincent Zarcone
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OccupationAssociate Professor and Author

Thierry Vincent Zarcone is senior researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific research (CNRS) and expert in the « Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief», of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE), Warsaw

Biography[edit | edit source]

Thierry Zarcone was born in 1958 in Tunis. Professor Zarcone is a French historian, a research director and a lecturer. As a researcher, his scientific studies are mainly concentrated on both religious and intellectual history of Iran and Turkey.

A review of his books and numerous articles reveals that Islam and Islamic attitude in Turkey, Iran and partly East Asia have been the leading subject of his studies. Since Sufism is necessarily homed in Asia, the history of Sufism and shamanism in Turkey are among the outstanding subjects he has studied.

He believes iconography and calligraphy are the two forms of religious symbolism. In his opinion, though the image of lion is considered as a representation of Imam Ali in Shi’i zoomorphic, and is a religious, holy calligraphy suggested by Shi’i Sufi ideologies, they show us “a world but not the world itself”.

Interests[edit | edit source]

  • Intellectual study of history of Islam in the Turko-persian area during 19th-20th Centuries;
  • Sufism and Sufi lineages, Saint Cults in the Turko-persian area.

Educations[edit | edit source]

  • Habilitation:School of High Studies in Social Sciences
  • Dissertation subject:  Secret and Secret Societies in Islam. Turkey, Iran, and Central Asia, 19th-20th Century. Freemasonry, Carbonarism, and Sufi Brotherhoods).
  • Ph.D.: University of Strasbourg. Department of Islamic Languages and Civilizations
  • Rizâ Tevfîk or the Enlighted Sufism: Structures of Thinking and Reception of Western Ideas at the Time of the Second Turkish Constitutionnal Regime - 1908-1923
  • M.A:University of Aix-en-Provence; Faculty of Philosophy

Academic Activities[edit | edit source]

  • Université of Kyoto (Japan), Graduated School of Asian and African Studies: October 2005 to march 2006.
  • University of Fribourg (Swizerland), Seminar of Scial Anthropology: June 2007.

Activities[edit | edit source]

He has also had some collaborations in terms of editing journals, collections or series

  • Journal of the History of Sufism, Jean Maisonneuve Edition, Paris.
  • Cahiers d’Asie Centrale, Institut Français d’Etudes sur l’Asie centrale, Aixen-Provence/Tashkent
  • Revue d’Etudes des Mondes Musulmans et Méditerranéens, AFEMAM, Aixen-Provence responsible with Ekrem Işın of the “Collection on Sufism”, Simurg Press, Istanbu
  • director for the series “Monde caucasien et tatar - Asie centrale et Haut Asia”, at the Edition Jean Maisonneuve, Librairie d’Amérique et d’Orient, Paris

Books[edit | edit source]

Articles[edit | edit source]

Certificates and Honors[edit | edit source]

  • Saintour Prize from the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences for his book Mystics, Philosophers and Freemasons in Islam
  • Certificate: University of Aix-en-Provence: Faculty of Philosophy

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