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Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed

Dr. & Imam 

Dr. & Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed is the only theologian in the world to establish such links between humanities, gender studies and religious sciences. During his adolescence in Algeria, L. Zahed has been trained to become an imam by studying Qur'an exegesis - Tafsir al-Qur'an - and the pillars of the Islamic orthopraxy - usul al-fiqh. He is now master of cognitive psychology, graduate from the Ecole Normale Superieure in cognitive sciences and currently writing his PhD thesis in the anthropology of religion matters at the EHESS on the theme of Islam and homosexuality; after he did a PhD in the social psychology of religions.

Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed joins the Department of Anthropology at the EHESS
(French school for advanced social studies) in fall 2010. He is about to finalize the
writing of his anthropology PhD about Islam and gender diversity after he studied Islamic theology in Algeria for five years; he also did a master in Cognitive Psychology at the Ecole Normale Superieur and a PhD in Social Psychology of religions at the University of Nantes - France.

L. Zahed actual thesis is about radically alternative Islamic LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) corporalities and religiosities, as the vanguard of new Islamic liberation theologies. His terrain is focusing on LGBT Arab-Muslim organizations emergence mainly in Europe, but also in North and South Africa, and the USA. His fields of expertise include Muslim communities in Europe and Diaspora, and social grammars concerning norm negotiation around gender, sexuality, the public sphere, in relation to alternative liberation theologies and mystical branches of Islam, such as Progressive, inclusive Islam and Sufism.

He is the author of three books and numerous articles, including Le Coran et la Chair (“Qur’an and the Flesh” - Max Milo, 2012), and Queer Muslim Marriage (Kindle, 2013).

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