Mohamed Ait Amer Meziane

Mohamed Amer Meziane holds a PhD in Philosophy from Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University. His areas of expertise are the philosophy of religions, contemporary continental philosophy and the anthropology of secularism and Islam. He also specializes in African philosophy. The first aspect of his research is a historcial analysis of the Hegelian construction of the philosophical concept of secularization. It traces the historical conditions of (Post)-Hegelian ontologies in Biblical criticism and Orientalism and its legacies in contemporary social sciences and theory. The second aspect of his research examines how Hegelianism influenced the founders of French imperialism and industrialism in nineteenth century Algeria, Egypt and West Africa. More generally, his work examines how imperialism, Islam and Christianity interact and conflict in nineteenth century North Africa and Europe. His new research project is a critique of the racial/colonial boundaries of Africa and the Arab World which thinks of North Africa in Africa through a critical reading of Fanon. His first book on Empire, Islam and secularization will be published in French next Fall at the Éditions de la Découverte.