Mohamed Amer Meziane

Mohamed Amer Meziane

Research Interest


Mohamed Amer Meziane holds a PhD in Philosophy from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. He is currently a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Religion Culture and Public, with an affiliation to the Institute of African studies at Columbia Unversity. His first book, Des empires sous la terre, published in 2021 by La Découverte, deploys an eco-racial history of secularization. Inventing the concept of the Secularocene to describe the present climate crisis, he argues that the racialization of Islam and climate change can be seen as two facets of the secularization of empires during the 19th century. His expertise on Hegelianism and Marxism as well as postcolonial and decolonial thought his current research and teaching on the multiple translations of dialectic in the work of Frantz Fanon and other philosophies of decolonization. He is currently working on two book manuscripts on decolonial anthropologies of traditions, the critique of the secular in the Western canon and on North African and African decolonial philosophy and literature, with a particular focus on the work of Abdelkebir Khatibi.


Des empires sous la terre. Histoire écologique et raciale de la sécularisation, (The States of the Earth) Paris, La Découverte, (2021). Under translation into English, forthcoming.

‘‘Is There a Secularocene?’’, Political Theology Network, (2021):

‘‘The Deafness of the State’’, Political Theology, (2021). With a response of Talal Asad.

‘‘Islamophobia, State Violence, Public Theologies (2021):

‘‘Reflections on Race and Ethnicity in North Africa: A Conceptual Critique of the Arab-Berber Divide’’, Review of Middle East Studies, (2020).

‘‘How the Critique of Heaven Confines the Critique of the Earth’’, Qui Parle, (2020).

‘‘The Multiple Centralities of Africa’’, The MISR Review, Number 4, (2020).

‘‘Is Orientalism Islamic?’’, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, (2020) 40 (1): 219–222.

‘‘Strategic Muslim worlds? Race, reform, and the dialectics of essentialism’’, The Immanent Frame, (2017).