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    Contact address

    Association Française pour l'étude du Monde Arabe et Musulman
    UFR Orient - Monde Arabe
    Université de Paris III
    13 rue de Santeuil
    F-75005 Paris

    Paul Dumont
    URA Mondes turcs et iraniens
    USIIS - 22 rue R. Descartes
    F-67000 Strasbourg
    Fax: +33-8841 7440

    Survey of scholars

    The reference work here is "L'annuaire des chercheurs et enseignants" which was published by AFEMAM in November 1993, comprising 380 pages. Although somewhat out of date, it still provides a good overview of the French position. It contains 781 names, most of which are of individuals based in universities, but also including journalists, some students and others with an interest in the Middle East. The directory points to 78 specialists grouped into six categories. Most are members of AFEMAM.

    The categories are as follows:

    • Language, linguistics and literature: 283 individuals, of whom 89 are listed under Arabic language, 21 under Turkish and 14 under Iranian;
    • Islamic studies: 218, of whom 41 are listed under Islamic sects, 29 under popular Islam and 28 under Sufism;
    • History - 410
    • The Muslim World - 681, including geography (55), economics (46), demographics (85), urban studies (64), political science (67), international relations (62), sociology (136)
    • Art and archaeology - 155
    • Cultural problems, teaching - 242
    The main teaching and research centres are as follows:

    Paris I, Paris III, Paris IV, Paris VII and Paris X, together with EPHE (École pratique des hautes études), EHESS (École des hautes études en sciences sociales), INALCO, Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales

    Outside Paris:
    Aix en Provence - the Universities of Aix-Marseille I, Aix-Marseille III and IREMAM; at Lyon there is the University of Lyon II and the Maison de l'Orient; at Tours there is the University and URBAMA and the University of Strasbourg I.

    There are also 'instituts' which are based outside France, but have affiliations with local institutions and have many active researchers. Under this category come IFAO (Institut français d'archéologie orientale) and CEDEJ (Centre d'études economiques et juridiques) in Cairo, CERMOC (Centre d'études et de recherches sur le Moyen Orient contemporain) at Beyrouth, IFEA (Institut français d'études arabes) in Damascus, IFEA (Institut français d'études anatoliennes) in Istanbul, IRMC (Institut de recherches sur le Maghreb contemporain) in Tunis and CFEY (Centre français d'études yemenites in San'a).

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