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Théo Blanc

Associate Researcher

Current affiliation: European University Institute (EUI)

Théo Blanc is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, under the supervision of Prof. Olivier Roy (EUI) and Prof. Stéphane Lacroix (Sciences Po). From 2018 to 2022, he was associate researcher with the ERC project TARICA ‘Political and Socio-institutional Change in North Africa: Competition of Models and Diversity of Trajectories’. He received a M.A. in political science and Middle Eastern Studies from Science Po Grenoble. His doctoral dissertation addresses the genealogy of Salafi currents in Tunisia and their political trajectories before and after the 2010/11 revolution. He will defend his thesis in April 2023.

Areas of expertise: Salafism, Islamism, Jihadism, political activism, Tunisia, Maghreb

Selected bibliography: 

  • Théo Blanc and Olivier Roy (eds). Salafism: Challenged by Radicalization? Violence, Politics, and the Advent of post-Salafism. European University Institute, Middle East Directions (2021), https://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/72725.  
  • Théo Blanc, “Opportunity, Ideology and Salafi Pathways of Political Activism in Tunisia,” Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal 5:3-6 (2021): 276-295. doi: 10.1080/23802014.2021.1965014.
  • Fabio Merone, Théo Blanc, and Ester Sigillò, “The Evolution of Tunisian Salafism After the Revolution: From Lᾱ Maddhabiyya to Salafi-Malikism,” The International Journal of Middle East Studies 53: 3 (2021): 455-470. doi:10.1017/S0020743821000143.
  • Théo Blanc, « Retour critique et perspectives futures quatre ans après la “spécialisation“ d’Ennahdha », Confluences Méditerranée n°114, 2020/3, doi: 10.3917/come.114.0067.
  • Théo Blanc, « Ennahdha et les salafistes : la construction relationnelle de la « modération » », L’Année du Maghreb 22 (2020): 149-167, doi.org/10.4000/anneemaghreb.6411.
  • Théo Blanc and Ester Sigillò, “Beyond the ‘Islamists vs. Secularists’ Cleavage: The Rise of New Challengers After The 2019 Tunisian Elections,” Policy Brief, 2019/27, Middle East Directions (MED), doi: 10.2870/142604.